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16 October 2012

Local MSP & MP Welcome Historic Referendum Agreement

Local MSP Stewart Stevenson and MP Eilidh Whiteford have commented after the historic signing of the agreement between the Scottish and Westminster Governments which paves the way for an independence referendum in 2014,

SNP MSP for Banffshire & Buchan Coast Stewart Stevenson said:

"The referendum agreement is a very significant milestone towards Scotland achieving the normal independent status of other nations.  The fact that the Scottish and UK Governments have reached a detailed agreement on how to allow the people of Scotland their say is of immense importance.

“I am very conscious that we would not be at this stage without the contribution of pioneers in the independence cause, such as Douglas Henderson, who represented the North-east at Westminster, who were dedicated to giving people the very choice over independence that was accepted by all sides in the Edinburgh Agreement.

“I am also pleased to see the acceptance that 16 and 17 year olds are going to have a vote, and that there will now be a straight yes/no vote on independence on the ballot paper.

“Now the debate moves on, both in the North-east and throughout Scotland, to the substance of the issue.  What future do we want for Scotland – one where our budget, our welfare system and our taxes are in our own hands, or one where the UK Government continues to short-change Scotland?

“Throughout the summer, at the various shows and galas, Yes Campaigners are speaking of a very positive response with people wanting to discuss the issues and make an informed decision on theirs and their country’s future.”

Banff & Buchan MP Eilidh Whiteford said:

“Since I became active in politics at a young age I have made the case for Scotland’s independence and I am absolutely delighted that an agreement has been reached on the referendum arrangements that will let the people of Scotland make that vital choice.

“This historic agreement sets the scene for the most important constitutional debate and decision that the Scottish people will consider in hundreds of years.

“I have been out with Yes Campaigners at different events and people want to get involved in the debate about independence.

“People of all parties and none in the Yes Scotland Campaign are putting forward a positive vision for Scotland and I believe the public are responding to that.

“The road has now been mapped out for Scotland to take on all the powers of a normal country and to have a stronger voice in the world.”
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