This was my question 1 response;
Highly unsatisfactory, there should be no second referendum for the foreseeable future, it would be unwarranted and unnecessary and ignoring the settled will of the Scottish people in what was supposed to be the “one opportunity” proposed by the SNP. All other comments are subject to this one.
There was NO clear SP16 manifesto mandate:- “should have the right” is definately not “will have the right.” This is SNP doublespeak, intentionally designed to suggest the SNP were retreating from separation on the back of the No vote, encouraging voters to vote SNP in the erroneous assumption that a second referendum was not on the cards.
Your forward comment re “the people of Scotland voted to remain in the EU” is factually incorrect, the UK EU referendum vote was a UK one and not a Scotland one. The ballot paper was quite explicit, not a mention of Scotland anywhere.
The ballot question should not be a simple yes or no, it should reflect the electoral commissions progress and thinking as per the EU referendum and it should be:
“Should Scotland remain a member of the United Kingdom or leave the United Kingdom” with Remain/Leave being the tick boxes.
Due to referendum fatigue and the knowledge that we will NOT be in the EU after a leave UK result, it is both fair and reasonable that both turnout and winning hurdles are introduced to ensure such a monumental decision (to leave the UK having already left the EU) has proven solid support. Not to do this will again increase harmful division in Scotland, no reputable government should subject its population to further increased levels of division and uncertainty that Indyref1 and the EU referenda has obviously produced.
The turnout should be no less than 75% (well below Indyref1) and the winning margin should be at least 10% to remove any doubt whatsoever that leaving would be the accurate and definative will of the Scottish people.
If the result is remain, it should therefore be a condition that the Scottish Government can NOT instigate another similar referendum for 20 years, to give stability back to Scotland and allow future Scottish Parliaments to focus on devolved matters and its extensive new powers via the Scotland Act 2016 to the benefit of Scotland .
Due to Brexit issues EU nationals not “permanently resident” ie. not British Citizens or not holding joint citizenship should not be allowed to vote.
Consultation closes on the 11/1/17