The Smith commission’s report is due for publication on Thursday morning.
The Referendum on Scottish independence held on the 18th S
Much of the debate since the referendum has focussed on which additional powers are likely to be devolved from Westminster to Holyrood.
The critical choice for the Smith Commission and any subsequent political negotiations over devolution in Scotland and beyond, is between:
Many people have interpreted Gordon Brown’s comments prior to the referendum, as well as the so called “Vow” made in the Daily Record, as some commitment so “Devo Max”.
The ScotFes submission to the Smith Commission
Stephen Tierney asks is it feasible to address additional powers for the Scottish Parliament alone without also considering the knock-on consequences for the entire country?
The main focus of the Smith Commission is to decide which powers should be devolved to the Scottish Parliament.
Professor Charlie Jeffery argues that the Conservative Party now occupies the middle ground among party views on more devolution in Scotland.
The United Kingdom has set up federal systems across the world but has been reluctant to embrace the principle itself, whether in relation to its constituent nations or to Europe.