Lord Wallace of Tankerness QC, the Advocate General for Scotland, delivered a speech at Glasgow University on Friday 20 January 2012, outlining why the Scottish Parliament cannot currently legislate for a referendum on independence at present. Lord Wallace also set out how a legal, fair and decisive referendum can be achieved if the Scottish Government works with the UK Government.
Blog post on the ObiterJ blog: Scotland’s Constitutional Future: an influential Scottish voice
Herald Scotland article on Lord Wallace’s speech, emphasising Lord Wallace’s conclusions that it would be “a matter of great concern if the Scottish Government, as a democratically-elected body, were to seek to challenge the rule of law”.
See The Office of the Advocate General’s website for further updates.
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