Deal announced on Scottish referendum

The deal between the UK and Scottish governments on the referendum is done and will be sealed on Monday.  The Scotland Office and the SNP government seem to have jumped the gun on Downing St by announcing  agreement on a single “yes, no question,” but with votes for 16 year olds added, if the Scottish Parliament approves. That detail might be thought to favour the “yes” camp if you believe kids favour change pretty automatically.

There’ll be lots of detail to fight over, like the precise wording of the question funding and how to deal with the underlying  question of more devolution – or not .  If funding is judged by votes per party the SNP gets more than any others, but if it goes by campaign, the pro- Union parties  combined win out. That would increase the challenge to the Better Together campaign to present a unified front and that may not be easy. The latest poll suggests a dip in independence support, but there’s a long way to go to October 2014.

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  • BarneyT

    They have to jump the gun! They will hope to get a slapping from London, which they can use to their advantage to demonstrate the true lack of automony.

    There’s nothing wrong with 16 years having a say but they will have to extend that to general and council elections and they should perhaps implement that asap…if they are allowed 🙂

    Its not ok for a bright informed 16 year to vote but and entrenched ignorant uninformed adult can?

  • JR

    Well it is the 16 year olds who will have to live longest with any decision that is made.

  • Framer

    Cameron has conceded to Salmond on date – two years hence – and this absurd notion of changing the voting age to 16 for the first time on this referendum.
    He may have obtained a single question but we have yet to see the text and whether it will be phrased positively or negatively.
    Our border poll in 1972 actually gave two options.
    Presumably in a year or so the government will start making more concessions as its inevitable unpopularity puts the union in jeopardy. People rarely vote on the question posed in a referendum.

  • Rory Carr

    The vote for 16-18 year olds is not quite as clear cut as it might appear. Rather than go to the expense and trouble of compiling a new electoral register which would enable those between 16 and 18 to be included in the franchsie the intention is to use the existing electoral roll and thereby to enfranchise those over sixteen year old children of what might be termed “striving”, or at least foresighted, parents who included those children on the last register as due to come of age by the next election (and prior to the next register being taken.)

    At least that is what Nick Robinson was brought in on his day off recuperating from the conference trials had to tell us on the Radio 4 Today programme earlier this morning.

    I would not be so sure how harmoniously this might be recieved among militant youth with less than foresighted parents.