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Press Release

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SNP: UK Govenrment must agree to pre-referendum talks

SNP press release

Pressure on 'No Campaign' to accept key commission recommendation.

The Scottish National Party has warmly welcomed the recommendation of the Electoral Commission urging the Scottish and UK governments to agree a “joint position” before the referendum, “so that voters have access to
agreed information about what would follow the referendum”, whether it is a Yes or No.

This Commission recommendation fully supports the call by the Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon for pre-referendum discussions between the two governments about the issues which would require to be negotiated after a Yes vote – and therefore directly contradicts the stance of the UK Government, which has rejected such talks.

SNP MSP Bruce Crawford – who chairs the Referendum Bill Committee – said:

“This is a landmark recommendation by the Electoral Commission – which they base on the Edinburgh Agreement – and one which the UK Government must immediately commit to. The Tory-led government at Westminster and the No campaign have said time and again that the Electoral Commission recommendations must be implemented in full – therefore they must abandon their obstructionist stance of rejecting pre-referendum talks to prepare for a possible Yes result, in line with the Commission’s recommendation at paragraph 5.43.

“Unless they accept this recommendation without equivocation, and agree to pre-referendum talks with the Scottish Government, the Tory-led government will stand accused of tainting the process.”


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