22 September 2014 - Scotland says NO - follow up
Will the Scottish referendum lead to wider political change?
Staff (BBC News)
With the Scottish Parliament set to get more powers following the country's rejection of independence, what are the chances of wider change?
What's going on?
Scotland voted against independence on Thursday, but is still being promised more of a say over its own future.
This has led people in other parts of the UK to question whether they too should have more control over their own affairs, or at least be able to exclude Scottish MPs from continuing to have a say on issues that do not affect Scotland.
Many commentators believe significant change is now inevitable in the way the UK and its constituent parts are governed.
Ian Johnston (The Independent)
Alex Salmond has claimed that Scotland could declare itself independent without a referendum in the future.
The Scottish First Minister, who has said he is standing down after voters failed to back independence last week, said a referendum was the “best route” to statehood, but added that there were others.
He said if the Scottish Parliament was given more powers until “you have a situation where you’re independent in all but name … “then presumably, you declare yourself to be independent”.
Defeat not quite conceded
Nolan Feeney (The Time)
Scotland’s historic election on independence did not meet international standards for constitutional referendums, the head of a Russian voting rights organization has said, with procedures that left the result subject to rigging and vote-tampering.
Igor Borisov, chairman of the Public Institute of Suffrage in Moscow (also translated as the Russian Public Institute of Electoral Law), said the voting took place according to United Kingdom voting rules, which differ from the international community’s accepted procedures for such votes, Russian news agency Ria Novosti reports.
The unusual criticism comes just months after the international community rejected the results of a referendum in Crimea. The White House said the March ballot had been “administered under threats of violence and intimidation from a Russian military intervention that violates international law.”
Jane Merrick (the Independent)
Gordon Brown yesterday urged the bitter rivals of the independence referendum to consign their Yes and No stickers to “the history books” and come together in a “confident Scotland”, as he tried to use his newly respected position to reinforce the “new Union”.
The former prime minister, credited with helping the No campaign to victory with a passionate, patriotic rally to reclaim the saltire last week, gave a second speech which will help transform his battered record in Westminster. At Dalgety Bay, in his constituency of Fife, Mr Brown reassured Scots that the pledge of extra powers from Westminster would be “locked” in place. This would start as early as tomorrow, with a resolution tabled in the Commons committing Westminster parties to fresh devolution and signed by David Cameron, Nick Clegg, Mr Miliband and Mr Brown.
In a speech that sounded like a leader’s conference address, Mr Brown said the civil service was working on a detailed timetable for a Command Paper on devo max to be published by November. A Commons debate will take place on the 16 October, he said.
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