Consultations provide opportunity to make progress on issues of process

January 25th 2012

Responding to the Scottish Government's referendum consultation, Grahame Smith said:

"STUC will consult its affiliated organisations on the substance of this, and the UK Government's consultation, before making a detailed response to both. Taken together these exercises provide the opportunity to resolve issues of process so that the real referendum debate can move forward. However, such progress will require flexibility from both Governments and a marked improvement in the overall political tone.

"Whilst there are clear potential difficulties in including a second or devo-plus question, STUC believes it unwise for either Government to rule out the possibility at this stage. We also reiterate our view that key recommendations on the question, or questions, to be asked should be dealt with as far as is practicable by an independent commission."

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