In the early hours...

Our ESRC Future of the UK and Scotland team have been providing insight for BBC Radio 4, 5 Live and BBC Radio Scotland in the early hours of the morning.

Professor Nicola McEwen, associate director of the ESRC Scottish Centre on Constitutional Change (ESRC SCCC), has pointed to the ‘extraordinary levels of turnout’ in many regions. In response to initial results, she has cautioned about not segmenting the electorate into particular social and demographic groups to explain voting outcomes. That’s particularly the case with women in the referendum, arguing that the gender gap has been overstated in the analysis of the vote thus far.

Professor Michael Keating, director of the SCCC on BBC Radio Scotland has pointed out that even if there is a No vote, the ‘cat is out of the bag’ in terms of the future of the Union. In the event of a No vote, we might see a hardening in attitudes from the people of England and Wales about what will they get out of further devolution. (This was underlined by comments by Michael Gove that the interests of English voters be respected.)  He also pointed out that the timescale envisaged for further devolution powers for the Scotland as laid out by the Unionist parties at Westminster could be difficult. Professor Keating also explained that the Scottish Parliament would be expected to be consulted on the plans as part of the process.

We will continue to bring analysis throughout the morning as the counts return.

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University of Edinburgh
19th September 2014
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