What we're reading #5

Published: 15 November 2013
Dauvit Broun at the Scottish Constitutional Futures Forum reflects on the legal implications of the UK's publication of legal advice on the status of Scotland and the United Kingdom in the event of a yes vote. He warns that the answers might not be as clear as the government would have liked. Also at the Scottish Constitutional Futures Forum, Colin Mair weighs in on the advice received, noting that international organisations are likely to allow Scotland to continue its membership without interruption while new agreements are negotiated. 
Stephen Tierney and Katie Boyle discuss the constitutional implications of the Scottish Referendum in the event of a yes or a no vote at Democratic Audit. The authors note that there is much to be learned post-referendum from the ways in which voters engaged with the issues. 
Writing at his personal blog, Paul Cairney analyses the size of the Scottish Parliament should the referendum on independence succeed. He warns that the decision will need to be taken in light of public preferences, rough calculations, and practical logistical and financial concerns. 
Dr Alexandra Kelso, writing at politics upside down reports on the phenomonon of emphasising 'positive politics' on both sides of the referendum debate, noting that those against independence are reluctant to produce warnings about Scotland's ability to go it alone while those on the yes side try to avoid an 'us versus them' message. 
Writing at Click on Wales, Alan Trench discusses the implementation of the Silk Commission recommendations which will allow for more powers to Wales. He describes the movement as a win for Liberal Democrats who have advocated a process similar to the Calman Commission for Wales. 
At the Constitution Unit, Elsa Piersig reports on Jim Gallagher's speech on the Scottish Referendum in light of the Quebecois referendum experience. Mr Gallagher notes that in the event of a no vote, the status quo will be challenged, with changes in the relationship between Scotland and the rest of the UK inevitable. 

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