The Scottish Government consultation sets out the proposals for the question to be asked and the rules governing the campaign and the vote. A draft Referendum Bill is set out as an appendix to the document. The consultation seeks views on a number of issues, including what the ballot paper should say, what spending limits should be set on campaign groups and how the referendum should be managed and regulated. It also sets out the timetable for parliamentary and public debate. Responses to this consultation will be used to inform the further development of the bill before it is debated in the Scottish Parliament during 2013.
The consultation is open to the public, however responses must be completed by 11 May 2012. I urge anyone who reads this (and lives in Scotland) to read it carefully and respond accordingly, regardless of political affiliation. This referendum has the clout to change Scotland forever and the opinion and voice of The Scottish People must be heard.
I’ll be blogging more about the consultation and I’ll be setting out my own stall for Home Rule circa March 2012. Watch this space or sign up and I’ll send my thoughts directly to your RSS Feed or your inbox. If you read this and don’t yet follow me on twitter – please connect with me and I’d love to enter into a debate with you – @leeandrewdunn. I’ll follow back regardless of your opinion.
You can read more about the consultation by following this link: https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/scotreferendum