Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary Grahame Smith said:
“The Secretary of State’s aim of ensuring the Scottish Parliament’s right to hold a legal referendum is welcome in that it potentially avoids protracted and divisive uncertainty on issues of legal competence which would have been to the detriment of the real debate.
“Notwithstanding STUC’s general preference for holding a referendum sooner rather than later, it is helpful that there has been no attempt, in this announcement, to dictate the timing of the referendum.
“Once it is agreed that the power to hold a binding referendum lies with the Scottish Parliament, an independent body in Scotland should be tasked with the responsibility of making recommendations on the process and conduct of the referendum including considering whether a credible third option has emerged and, whether, and in what way that additional option might be put to the Scottish people.”
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Dave Moxham STUC Deputy General Secretary 0141 337 8100