Constitutional Vectors and the Scottish Independence Referendum 2014 (II) – Navraj Singh Ghaleigh

This blogpost is the second part following on from the first part published yesterday

The Two Referendum Acts

With the Edinburgh Agreement settling the arcane (to the general public at least) issues of competence, the Scottish Parliament moved quickly to legislate for a referendum. This consisted of two elements: one Act of the Scottish Parliament to define the franchise for the referendum (‘the Franchise Act’)[1], and a second providing for the framing of the actual question being voted upon, oversight of the poll, and conduct rules for the campaign, including matters of funding and expenditure (‘the Referendum Act’).[2]Llegeix més »

Constitutional Vectors and the Scottish Independence Referendum 2014 (I) – Navraj Singh Ghaleigh

The various constitutional processes of the Scottish Independence Referendum on 18 September 2014 have both deeply embedded trajectories in UK’s experience, as well as traces of new constitutional futures. Regardless of the outcome, the referendum will be of huge importance to the constitutional arrangements and culture of the United Kingdom. There will also be repercussions for other states, Spain most obviously, but also other plurinational states in Europe and beyond. In the event of a ‘Yes’ vote, they will be even more important for the new Scottish state and the continuing United Kingdom. This blogpost, to be published in two parts, will consider a subset of these issues, focussing on contextual features and the primary constitutional considerations (i.e. competence to hold the referendum, and electoral law matters) whilst the complementary post of Robert Lane addresses the ‘external’ issues and challenges, including those of EU membership and the shadow of international law. The ambition is to map the process that the United Kingdom, and Scotland within it, have embarked upon in a scholarly and non-partisan fashion. Llegeix més »

Reflexiones acerca del referéndum sobre la independencia de Escocia – Alberto López Basaguren

En ocasió de la celebració del referèndum sobre la independència d’Escòcia, el blog de la RCDP ha publicat ja dos posts del professor de la Universitat d’Edimburg Navraj Ghaleigh. Un cop ja s’ha dut a terme, avui oferim dues reflexions sobre aquest tema.

La celebración en Escocia del referéndum sobre la independencia el 18 de septiembre de 2014 es un referente ineludible en la historia de la forma en que las democracias liberales afrontan las reclamaciones de independencia de comunidades internas en las que existe un fuerte sentimiento nacional diferenciado; como antes lo fue, muy especialmente, el referéndum soberanista en Quebec en 1995 –de forma más destacada que el de 1980–. Por esta razón, es de gran interés analizar tanto las peculiaridades del proceso escocés, como los resultados y su interpretación, así como las perspectivas de futuro que se abren para el sistema autonómico escocés y, más en general, para el conjunto del Reino Unido (RU), incluso más allá de la propia cuestión de la autonomía territorial (devolution). Llegeix més »

The Scottish Independence Referendum: Quo Caledonia (Angliaque)? – Robert Lane

The Scottish independence referendum has now come and gone. Two years (or 307) in the making, the public debate was at times uninformed and glib, and marked occasionally by scaremongering, but it rose latterly to an admirable degree of maturity of substance. It was certainly spirited. Voter turnout, long an embarrassment in the United Kingdom at all levels of government, was an enthusiastic 84.6 percent. It attracted the interest not only of the usual suspects (the Catalans, the Basques, the Bavarians, the Québécois) but globally: Edinburgh was visited by a team of campaigners from Okinawa come to observe the event.Llegeix més »