Scotland plans for independence
THE Scottish government has outlined plans for a transition to independence in the event of a “Yes” vote in the 2014 referendum.
Independence day for Scotland would be in March 2016, with the first elections to a new parliament in May.
First Minister Alex Salmond said the timescale was in line with previous international experience.
The Scottish government wants to ask voters “Should Scotland be an independent country?” in autumn 2014, although it has yet to name the actual date.
A document published by the SNP envisages Scottish ministers joining civic groups to negotiate the terms of independence with the UK government, which would see the division of assets and liabilities, global connections – including the EU – and Scotland’s retention of the monarchy.
There would then be a written Scottish constitution, “which reflects the values of the people of Scotland”.