Scottish Government planning 'Independence Day' - a year before referendum
on 05/02/2013 13:18:20
A Scottish Government paper, with a foreword from Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, outlines what she hopes will be a smooth transition in March 2016 followed by elections to an independent parliament in May.
The paper sets out plans for a written constitution, to be devised by the first parliament and the public, which could outlaw "weapons of mass destruction" in Scotland.
It also describes the constitutional platform for independence, drawing on the "spirit" of the Edinburgh agreement between Prime Minister David Cameron and First Minister Alex Salmond on the legal staging of the referendum.
Political parties and representatives of "civic Scotland" would be invited to join the Scottish Government in negotiating a settlement.
Ms Sturgeon said: "Our proposals, set out today, would see this platform put in place immediately prior to the Scottish Parliament elections, to provide the newly-elected Scottish Government with the full range of powers it needs to develop the country.
"Today's paper provides the people of Scotland with a clear road map as to how Scotland would make the journey from a devolved system of government with the levers of power retained at Westminster, to a nation in which the powers of our national Parliament are complete and in which the people are sovereign."