Scottish Conservative MEP Ian Duncan warmly welcomed today's referendum result.

19-Sep-2014 @ 13:0

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Scottish Conservative MEP Ian Duncan warmly welcomed today's referendum result.

 

He said: "The people of Scotland have spoken, loud and clear. It is the settled will of the Scottish people that we remain within the family of nations known as the United Kingdom. A union some 300 years in the making will continue.



"However a ‘No’ vote on separation does not mean no change. The serious work of making that change real must now begin. The Prime Minister has outlined a timetable for delivering the change within the United Kingdom that the people of Scotland want, and it is measured in weeks, not years. A white paper will be published in November, with legislation drafted by January 2015.  



"The Prime Minister has issued the call for all political parties -  including the Scottish National Party (SNP) - to come together to determine the nature of the new settlement.  It is essential that all Scots set aside the differences of the campaign and come together in the spirit of co-operation.



"Importantly this change will not just empower Scots, it will also bring about a new settlement for each of the nations of the UK, and it will address the thorny ‘West Lothian Question’ whereby Scots MPs have been able to vote on English matters, but English MPs have not been able to vote of Scottish matters (since these are addressed in the Edinburgh Parliament).



"There is serious work ahead.  This is an exciting time for Scotland and for the United Kingdom."

 

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