Local residents should ‘have their say’ on the independence referendum – Jo

Jo Swinson MP for East Dunbartonshire is encouraging the community to take part in the UK Government’s consultation

Jo is urging local residents to take part in a public consultation on Scotland’s future launched by the Coalition Government.

On 11th January Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Moore launched a public consultation on facilitating a legal, fair and decisive referendum on whether Scotland should leave the UK. At the moment the Scottish Government does not have the legal power to hold a referendum on independence and, while the UK Government’s preference would be to devolve this power to the Scottish Government, this consultation was launched to seek people’s views.

The consultation also seeks people’s opinions on the timing, franchise and question of the referendum and it closes on 9th March 2012.

Commenting, Jo Swinson said:

“The most important decision we make in our lifetime will be deciding on the future of our country. This is why the referendum on Scotland’s independence must be legal, fair and decisive.”

“While I believe that the referendum should be based on a simple yes-no question, we want to hear people’s points of view on these issues and this is what the public consultation seeks to do.”

“I encourage the people of East Dunbartonshire to make their voices heard and submit their views to the consultation so that this referendum will be made in Scotland, for the people of Scotland.”


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