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All three Westminster leaders have signed a resolution to go before the Commons on Monday pledging further powers to the Scottish parliament, Gordon Brown revealed today.
Speaking in Fife following Scotland’s rejection of independence in Thursday’s referendum, the former prime minister said the “eyes of the world” were now on the leaders of the major Westminster parties to deliver on their promises.
“The promises that were made last week about change, about the delivery of further devolution, must be - and I believe, and will ensure will be - delivered,” he vowed.
He set out two “lock-in measures” designed to start the process of devolution in line with the timetable promised by all three parties ahead of Thursday's vote.
“A resolution that is issued today was submitted that will be placed in the House of Commons on Monday," he said.
"And that resolution is signed by all three leaders of the major political parties, the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister, and the Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband. And I have signed that resolution as well, the four of us.
“We have set down a timetable that is absolutely clear, that a command paper will be published by the end of October, that the heads of agreement between the parties on further devolution will come in November, and that the draft legislation - the laws that will form the Scotland Bill and eventually the Scotland Act - will be ready by the end of January.”
In a bid to allay scepticism over the Westminster promises, Mr Brown confirmed that the Civil Service was “already working on the proposals”.
“Decision day was Thursday,” he said. “Delivery day started on Friday. They are working on the timetable, but also on the detailed plans so that the publication date will indeed be the end of October."
The former prime minister also made a plea for Scots to unite after a divisive campaign.
"Let us think of ourselves no more as pro independence and anti independence... let us think of ourselves, all of us, simply as Scots," he said. "And united, let us then be a nation again."
He paid tribute to the "fierce and formidable" Alex Salmond "for his years of service", following the Scottish First Minister's announcement of his resignation yesterday.
Mr Brown's intervention came as Labour and Tory dividing lines over English devolution became clearer following a relatively unified run-up to the Scottish vote.
David Cameron yesterday vowed to introduce a fresh settlement for English MPs “in tandem with” new powers to the Scottish Parliament, but Labour has already signalled it will not support the move.
Michael Gove told the Times that allowing only English MPs to vote on English matters was supported by the "overwhelming majority of people in England".
"Now that we have set up devolved institutions, that means a change for how Westminster operates and how English rights are respected," the Chief Whip told the paper.
His comments came as Labour stepped up its attack on the proposals, with Shadow Communities Secretary telling the Today programme: "You can't have two classes of MP."
"This is something that Gladstone had to grapple with over a hundred years ago," he said.
"And the thing we want to start with, actually, is devolving power down to the communities of England. And that's why our constitutional convention process is going to start with doing exactly that."
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