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Law Society comment on publication of consultation on Draft Independence Bill

16 June 2014 | tagged News release

In response to the publication of the Scottish Government's consultation on a Scottish Independence Bill, Alistair Morris, President of the Law Society of Scotland, said:

"We are pleased to see that the proposed Constitutional Convention would be fully independent and free from the direction or control of either the Scottish Government or Scottish Parliament. It would allow people from across Scottish society to be involved in the historic act of drawing up a new permanent written constitution for a newly independent Scotland. This is vitally important. After all, part of the strength of the existing Scottish Parliament is that its basic structure and operation came, not just from politicians and political parties, but from those with a wide spectrum of backgrounds in the Scottish Constitutional Convention.

"There is much in the proposed interim constitution, the detail of which will have to be carefully considered and scrutinised. It raises some interesting issues, and we will be taking the content of this paper into consideration in our own response to the Scottish Government's white paper.

"We look forward to considering this draft Bill and consultation in detail, and providing detailed comment in due course."

Notes to editors

All the Law Society of Scotland's documentation on the Scottish Independence Referendum can be accessed on our website.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Please contact Louise Docherty on 0131 476 8204 or Val McEwan on 0131 226 8884

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

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