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Scottish independence: constitutional implications for the rest of the UK

The Constitution Committee conducted an inquiry into the constitutional implications of Scottish independence.

Inquiry status: Inquiry concluded and Report published. Report debated in Chamber on 24 June 2014.

In November 2013 the Scottish Government published their white paper Scotland’s Future: Your Guide to an Independent Scotland. This sets out a timetable, if there is a “yes” vote on 18 September 2014, for full independence for Scotland from 24 March 2016, ahead of the scheduled Scottish Parliament election in May 2016.

Independence for Scotland would have a significant constitutional impact on the remainder of the UK. The Committee sought to inform debate on these matters through its inquiry and report.

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Members' interests in relation to this inquiry

 The Members of the Constitution Committee have declared the following interests in relation to this inquiry:

Members are required to register any financial and non-financial interests that a reasonable member of the public might think would influence their actions in Parliament. The full text of the Register is available online: