Draft referendum bill: consultation analysis

Independent analysis of responses to the consultation on a draft referendum bill, held between October 2016 and January 2017.




3. A Plan for Scotland: The Scottish Government's Programme for Scotland 2016-17, September 2016.

4. 'One sided designation' refers to a situation in which a lead campaign group is appointed on only one side of the referendum. This could occur if there are no applicants to be lead campaigners for an outcome, or if the Electoral Commission are not satisfied that any of the applicants adequately represent those supporting a particular outcome.

5. Section 30 of the Scotland Act 1998 makes provision for an Order in Council to temporarily transfer reserved powers from the UK Parliament to the Scottish Parliament to hold a referendum on independence. The Order needs to be approved by both the UK Parliament and the Scottish Parliament.

6. Note that ballot papers were retained by Counting Officers for 12 months after the 2014 Referendum.

7. Respondents frequently made statements such as 'Scottish citizens living in Europe should have the right to vote', or 'Scots living abroad should also be able to vote' - without defining the terms 'Scottish citizens' and 'Scots'. However, others explicitly stated that people with UK citizenship who had been born and raised in Scotland but who were now living outside of Scotland should be eligible to vote in the referendum.

8. PPERA is the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000.


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