Scottish independence referendum date to be announced

21/03/2013 09:06

First Minister, Alex Salmond, is to announce the date for the independence referendum

First Minister, Alex Salmond, is to announce the date for the independence referendum at Holyrood. Photograph: Scottish parliament/Andrew Cowan

Alex Salmond is to announce the date of next year's Scottish independence referendum in a statement at Holyrood later on Thursday.

The first minister's statement, nearly two years after winning his landslide election victory, will come as the Scottish parliament publishes its draft referendum bill to enact the poll.

Voters, set to include 16- and 17-year-olds for the first time in a major poll, will be asked a single six-word question: "Should Scotland become an independent country?"

The bill will set out spending limits for the opposing campaigns and political parties, expected to total at least £6m, and confirm further details about the franchise including 16- and 17-year-olds.

Nicola Sturgeon, the deputy first minister, who is charged with leading the Scottish government's referendum campaign, said the announcement marked "a significant and important step in Scotland's independence journey".

Speaking as she met apprentices at Steel Engineering in Renfrewshire, which fabricates tidal and wind turbines, she said: "We have an ambitious vision for this country, one that is prosperous and successful, reflecting Scottish values of fairness and opportunity, promoting equality and social cohesion. But I believe this vision can only be realised through the powers that independence will bring."

The apprentice engineers were due to cut the date for the referendum out of steel plate with a laser.

Temporary powers to stage the referendum were transferred to the Scottish parliament under the Edinburgh agreement between Salmond and David Cameron, which was signed in October.

Read More HERE

 

Please note : The content on this site does not always express the viewpoints of the site owner

Many topics are covered and links given, so that you can do your own research

 

FAIR USE NOTICE: These pages/video may contain copyrighted (© ) material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available to advance understanding of ecological, Political, Human Rights, economic, scientific, Moral, Ethical, and Social Justice issues, etc. It is believed that this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this material is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior general interest in receiving similar information for research and educational purposes.

globalnoncompliance.net