A referendum on Scottish Independence is now firmly on the constitutional agenda. Following David Cameron's announcement that he intends to give the Scottish Parliament power to hold a referendum and in the context of the launch of both Westminster and Scottish consultations in January 2012, numerous questions remain to be resolved over the process and timing of the vote.
Constitution Unit Honorary Research Fellow and author of the Devolution Matters blog Alan Trench discussed the political issues around holding a referendum; Constitution Unit Director Robert Hazell presented the legal concerns, drawing on the Unit's 2002 publication, Scottish Independence: a Practical Guide.
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