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.


Members interests

Members' interests in relation to this inquiry

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

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