This was just to vote to hold a referendum. A positive vote must win 50% of registered voters which is usually difficult but may be slightly easier here where the turnout is likely to be high as a club members.
This article suggests at least one referendum to approve the new Constitution should Scotland vote for independence. Given the prior constitutional use in 1975 when Scotland voted to join the EU against expectations. Then the 1979 failed referendum for a Scottish Assembly plus a double referendum in Orkney and Shetland preserving their place in the UK. The successful referendum in 1997 permitting the Scottish Parliament. Constitutional use of referendums continued under the Blair Government with GLA, Wales , North East Assembly and the Good Friday Agreement. Ireland founded the constitutional use of referendums in these islands when it approved its new constitution by one in 1938.
Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics has told the BBC that an independent Scotland would be considered a “new country” and would have to go through the full EU accession process. The BBC reports that Latvia has now become the fifth country, including the UK, to suggest Scotland would need to apply for membership of the EU.
BBC Telegraph Open Europe blog
Today, the opening day of the offical campaign, William Hague Foreign Secretary and Patron of the NO campaign, asked on R4’s Today programme about the anonymity of the NO donorssaid that he fully expected these to be revealed. His statement follows a week during which NO were put on the back foot over this issue by jounalists questions. It will be a hot day in the NO office today.
Campaign finance is always a matter of public interest and an issue journalists are bound to ask detailed questions. Sometimes the facts revealed give a cue to voters as to who how they should vote. Such as in the US when big tobacco companies or industrial farmers pour millions of dollars into campaigns to protect their interests. More often especially in the UK, at least so far, it is still more a matter of mild and proper interest and an easy story for journalists. But all campaigns should be aware this is bound to come up at some point.
The notion that Parliamentar is Sovreign has been circumscribed for the second time if not the third. The Good Friday Agreement being the first. That Agreement requires any transfer of Northern Ireland to the Irish republic must be agreed by a referendum. The Scottish Parliament which came with a referendum most likely could only be abolished by another. On Europe, this “lock” is worth something. True Europe works around things or takes an inch then makes it a mile of it. It will get even better at EU incrementalism but so powerful is its integrationist motive that sooner or later it will come up against this “lock” of a referendum and then it will have to stand up and debate the matter. We should welcome the prospect. It can’t be too far off.
A reminder that the web is playing a greater part in campaigns than ever before. This “trick” will ensures that searching for any information about Yes to AV will also list the Yes to AV alternatives from the NO campaign. If they don’t make it clear were they really come from could be confising especially if both sides adpot the practice.