The Scottish Referendum 2014

On 18 September 2014, the Scottish people voted in a referendum on whether to become an independent country or stay part of the United Kingdom.

Several political organisations, grassroots movements, civil organisations and others were involved in campaigning for each viewpoint. The most prominent campaigns were led by ‘Yes Scotland’ in favour of independence and by ‘Better Together’ in favour of maintaining the union.

The referendum result was 44.7% in favour of ‘Yes’ and 55.3% in favour of ‘No’ . As a result of the majority voting in favour of ‘No’, Scotland now remains part of the United Kingdom.

This paper looks further at the referendum process and what the result of the event and its result might indicate for the future. The following questions are considered

  • Who voted ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ and why?
  • Does this provide an indication of any sort of division within Scotland?
  • What does this tell us about the state of our nation and potential cohesion/division?
  • What role did the churches play following the referendum?

Published: December 2014

The Smith Commission Agreement

Prior to the referendum on Scottish Independence, the leaders of the three ‘Better Together’ parties – David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband – published a joint commitment on a process for further devolution of powers to the Scottish Parliament in the event of a ‘No’ result.

Once the ‘No’ result was delivered on the morning of 19 September, Prime Minister David Cameron announced that a cross-party commission would be established, chaired by Lord Smith of Kelvin to find consensus and common ground between the political parties. The five parties represented in the Scottish Parliament took part in the Smith Commission. The report of the Commission, known as the ‘Heads of Agreement’, was published on Thursday 27 November. This briefing paper covers some of the areas of interest to Scottish Churches in the proposals.

Published: December 2014

Centralisation, Subsidiarity, Local Government and Democracy

Published: November 2014

Scottish Government White Paper: ‘Scotland’s Future: Your Guide to an Independent Scotland’

This briefing paper looked at the Scottish Government’s White paper “Scotland’s Future: Your Guide to an Independent Scotland”, paying particular attention to themes of interest to Scottish churches.

Published: February 2014