Concern over wording of referendum

THE Scottish Government’s proposed question for the independence referendum is “biased” towards a yes vote, according to an MPs committee.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 8th May 2012, 1:00 pm

The House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee has concluded that the question “Do you agree that Scotland should be an independent country?” is “leading” and “biased toward towards a Yes answer”.

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In a report released today, the committee has called on all parties to come together to draft a “clear and neutral” question, which can then be put through “exhaustive” testing by the Electoral Commission.

Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Parliamentary Business, Bruce Crawford, said: “The Scottish Government’s proposed referendum question is straightforward and fair, as acknowledged by Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson, and the ‘agree’ formulation was also used in Labour’s 1997 devolution referendum.”