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Law Society welcomes legal clarity on referendum process

15 January 2013 | tagged News release

The Law Society of Scotland, today, 15 January, welcomed the approval by the House of Commons on a draft section 30 order, paving the way for a legal and decisive referendum on Scottish independence. The order has been made under the Scotland Act 1998.

Michael Clancy, Director of Law Reform at the Society, said: "The approval of the order by the House of Commons is another step towards ensuring a legal and fair referendum and will help to minimise the risk of the referendum being challenged in the courts. Without this order, the debate would likely be dominated by process and legal competence issues. If the order is finally approved tomorrow by the House of Lords then that would make a legal challenge less likely and allow us to properly focus on Scotland's future and the debate on independence."

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Notes to editors

The Law Society's Constitutional Law Sub-Committee responded to both the UK (March 2012) and Scottish Government (May 2012) consultations on Scotland's constitutional future. The Society also provided written evidence on the draft section 30 order to the Scottish Parliament Referendum (Scotland) Bill Committee (November 2012) and sent  a briefing to all MPs and Scottish Peers.

All documentation is available on the Society's website.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Journalists can contact Louise Docherty on 0131 476 8204 or Val McEwan on 0131 476 8115 or 07825 206 468. For the out of hours service, please call 0131 226 8884.

Email: louisedocherty@lawscot.org.uk or valeriemcewan@lawscot.org.uk

15 January 2013

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