Introduction

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Knowledge of the issues

The more information voters have about the Scottish independence referendum debate, the more likely they are to vote yes, according to researchers[1].

The Edinburgh Agreement

The Edinburgh Agreement states that the governments of the United Kingdom and Scotland are committed to the principles of good communication and mutual respect in addition to working together on matters of mutual interest. Regardless of the outcome, both governments are committed to constructively work together in the best interest of the people of Scotland and of the rest of the United Kingdom.

Primary sources

The full details of the cases set out by the Scottish Government and the UK Government for and against independence are set out in the following:-

Scotland's Future White Paper published by the Scottish Government in November 2013[2] and

the Scotland Analysis series, published by HM Government over the period February 2013 to June 2014[3].

Independence timetable

The Scottish Government anticipate that Independence Day would be 24 March 2016[4]. It anticipates that this will allow the time required for preparations for the Scottish Parliament to take on the new powers of independence. The period between the referendum and independence will see negotiations with the rest of the UK, represented by the Westminster Government, and with the EU and other international partners and organisations.

References

  1. Guardian: Study finds those with more info are more likely to vote yes 7 September 2014
  2. Scotland's Future
  3. Scotland Analysis Collection
  4. Scotland's Future: Becoming independent - the transition (page 51)

Summary by each side of their case

The following statements are taken from a leaflet issued to all households.

FOR THE UNION FOR INDEPENDENCE
The Best of Both Worlds For Scotland

We believe that we can have the best of both worlds in Scotland as part of the UK. We can have a strong Scottish Parliament, with more powers guaranteed, and we can have the strength, security and stability that comes from being part of the bigger UK. We don’t need to choose between the two. Voting for separation would be a huge leap into the unknown. If we leave then we lose the strength of the UK pound. This would mean we would pay more for our mortgages, credit cards and loans. If we leave we are putting our pensions at risk. If we leave we are risking big companies being forced to move south and Scottish jobs being lost. If we leave the UK there would be no going back. In September we face a choice about our future. Let’s say no thanks to all of the risks and uncertainties of independence. Let’s say loud and clear that we want the best of both worlds for Scotland.

Lisa Gardiner a working mum from Cambuslang said: “I’m voting NO in September because I believe we can have the best of both worlds in Scotland. We can have more decisions made here and we can also have the strength and security of being part of the UK. Going it alone would be a massive leap into the unknown. Do I want to put my family’s future at risk just so that nationalists can get what they want? No thanks.”[1].

References

  1. Electoral Commission: The 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum Voting Guide: content from Better Together

Scotland’s future in Scotland’s hands

The referendum on September 18th is a choice of two futures. A Yes vote means a future where we can take our own decisions and build a more prosperous nation, a Scotland where we can all truly flourish. As one of the richest nations in the world, Scotland can afford to be a successful independent country. We can make this vast wealth work better for everyone who lives here, from looking after older Scots to making life easier for young families. A No vote means a future stifled by the repeated failures of Westminster governments, governments we didn't even vote for. September 18th is a once in a lifetime opportunity to create a thriving new nation[1].

References

  1. Electoral Commission: The 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum Voting Guide: content from Yes Scotland