The House of Lords Constitution Committee will this week take evidence from leading academics on the constitutional implications for the rest of the UK of a ‘yes’ vote in the September referendum on Scottish independence.
At 10.30am, Wednesday 5 March 2014, Committee room 1, Palace of Westminster:
- Professor Alan Boyle, Professor of Public International Law at the University of Edinburgh. Co-author of the legal advice to the UK Government on the status of an independent Scotland
- Professor Michael Keating, Professor of Politics and Chair in Scottish Politics at the University of Aberdeen
- Professor Stephen Tierney, Professor of Constitutional Theory at the University of Edinburgh
Areas the Committee is likely to cover with the witnesses include:
- What legal principles should govern negotiations for Scottish independence in the event of a ‘yes’ vote?
- Is the timetable of independence by March 2016 realistic and what impact would the timing of the 2015 general election have on independence negotiations?
- What role if any should Scottish MPs have in holding the negotiators to account?
- Should the negotiating teams be held directly accountable to the public?
- What legislation would be required at Westminster to achieve independence for Scotland?
- What impact would independence have on the monarchy and would Scotland need a governor-general?
- What legal principles should apply to negotiations on the divisions of assets and debts that are currently UK-wide.
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