After a No Vote

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See also: Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Party consensus on further devolution


Timetable for further devolution

As predicted by Chancellor George Osborne on 7th September[1] Gordon Brown MP announced on 8th September a timetable for new powers. The details are:

19 SEPTEMBER: the timetable for further powers will be published as a motion before the UK parliament. All UK parties will support the motion.

31 OCTOBER: the deadline for a joint deal being agreed on a package of more powers. It will see a Command Paper published setting out the package agreed, likely to contain tax-raising and welfare controls.

30 NOVEMBER: By St Andrew’s Day a white paper will be published setting out the final agreed deal.

25 JANUARY, 2015: legislation published by Burns Night, with the Scotland Bill ready to be voted on by the UK parliament.

7 MAY: Second reading of the Scotland Bill will take place immediately after the general election[2]
The pro-union parties plan to create a new body to agree extra powers in the event of a 'No' vote. A prominent person will convene the group. It would consider the blueprints for the further devolution of income tax and some welfare measures produced by the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats and be open to ideas from wider Scottish society[3].
Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont; Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson and Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie on 9th September announced that they back the plan[4]

Immediate reactions from losing side

Canadian author and academic SJ Garland, whose maternal family is Scottish, recalls the razor-thin vote against independence for Quebec in 1995. In Montreal streets were cordoned off and 50 people were arrested as thousands of separatists clashed with celebrating federalists. The rioting lasted throughout the night and saw a government office and several cars set on fire, rocks and bottles hurled at riot police and Canadian flags burned[5]


  1. Daily Record: George Osborne promises to unveil plans to give Scotland more powers in wake of shock new poll. 7 Sep 2014. Retrieved same day
  2. Scotsman: UK leaders head north 10 September 2014
  3. BBC News: Darling denies No campaign 'panic' 8 September 2014 (retrieved same day)
  4. BBC News: Pro-Union parties back Scotland powers timetable ( Sept 2014 (retrieved same day).
  5. Scottish Express: Look what happened in Quebec when they voted to stick with Canada. June 29, 2104.

Timetable for further devolution

In response to the Osborne announcement, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said "If the other parties had been serious about more powers, then something concrete would have been put forward before now and remember the other parties were desperate to keep that option off the ballot paper." Alex Salmond described the plans, following on a poll showing a lead for the Yes campaign, as a "panic measure[1]".
Mr Darling has stressed that no new powers would be put on the table beyond those already announced by the three main Westminster parties earlier this year[2]. .

Immediate reactions from losing side


  1. .Reuters UK: UK scrambles to promise more powers if Scots reject independence 7 Sep 2014. Retrieved same day
  2. BBC News: Darling denies No campaign 'panic' 8 September 2014 (retrieved same day)