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Journalists questioned on implications of Scottish independence

19 March 2014

On Wednesday 19 March the House of Lords Constitution Committee will take evidence from three leading Scottish journalists as part of its inquiry into the constitutional implications for the rest of the UK of Scottish independence.

Witnesses

At 10.30am, Wednesday 19 March 2014, Committee room 1, Palace of Westminster:

  • Alex Massie, columnist for the Scottish edition of The Times
  • Mandy Rhodes, editor of Holyrood magazine
  • David Torrance, regular columnist for the Herald and author of books on independence

Likely questions

Areas the committee is likely to cover with the journalists include:

  • Is the UK Government’s policy of “no pre-negotiation” realistic?
  • How well understood are the constitutional processes required to deliver independence in the event of a “yes” vote?
  • Should the UK Government cease to represent the interests of Scotland from the point at which any “yes” vote is returned in the referendum?
  • What would be the essential issues to agree before independence day on 24 March 2016, even if not all issues have been resolved?
  • Should Scottish MPs and ministers be excluded from negotiating on behalf of the rest of the UK?
  • How might the 2015 general election affect the negotiations?
  • Is there any alternative other than for Scottish MPs to leave the House of Commons on independence day?

Further information

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