The ToryDiary is reporting that British Prime Minister David Cameron is considering a snap election on Scottish Independence:
Alex Salmond wanted to choose the timing of a referendum on Scottish independence and he wanted to choose the question. It now appears that David Cameron is moving decisively to end both options for the SNP leader and First Minister of Scotland. There is talk of the referendum needing to happen within 18 months and that the question should be a straightforward one between independence and continuation of the United Kingdom. Alex Salmond had been wanting a multi-option vote in which Scots could also choose ‘devo max’ – an option short of independence but involving further devolution. Opinion polls suggest that Scots would probably reject independence but might endorse ‘devo max’ if it was presented as a middle way.
Here’s the confirmation in the Guardian:
David Cameron is to take a high-stakes gamble with the union this week by telling the Scottish first minister, Alex Salmond, he can have a binding referendum on Scottish independence – but only in the next 18 months, after which any referendum can be no more than advisory.
He is also likely to tell Salmond he will be forbidden from asking a third question on the ballot paper, over a form of devolution stopping short of independence.
Here’s the first comment to the ToryDiary article from Edward Huxley:
“I think we need some decisiveness, so that we can clear up this issue”, Cameron on a referendum about Scottish Independence.
Much more urgent is the need for a referendum on our membership of the socialist EU. Why can`t we have one?