Constitutional Law

Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modification of Schedule 5) Order

The Referendum (Scotland) Bill committee issued a call for evidence on the draft s30 order.

Commission on a Bill of Rights - a second consultation

This second consulation asks questions that build on the 2011 discussion paper and on the views heard so far, about whether or not we need a UK Bill of Rights, and if so, what the form and content of any such Bill might be.

The McKay Commission - Commission on the consequences of devolution for the House of Commons

The Commission on the consequences of devolution for the House of Commons, also known as The McKay Commission, is an independent commission announced by HM Government on 17 January 2012.

The Commission's terms of reference is to consider how the House of Commons might deal with legislation which affects only part of the United Kingdom, following the devolution of certain legislative powers to the Scottish Parliament, the Northern Ireland Assembly and the National Assembly for Wales.

Your Scotland, Your Referendum

The Scottish Government's consultation on proposals for a referendum on whether or not Scotland should become an independent country.

Scotland's constitutional future

The UK Government has launched a consultation on facilitating a legal, fair and decisive referendum on whether Scotland should leave the United Kingdom.

The Scottish Parliament has power to legislate on matters that are devolved and has no power to legislate on matters that are reserved to the UK Parliament.

The Union of the Kingdoms of Scotland and England is one of those reserved matters. It is the UK Government's view that legislation for a referendum brought forward by the Scottish Government could be challenged by anyone in court and the Scottish Government would lose.

The consultation document on Scotland's constitutional future sets out options for delivering a legal, fair and decisive referendum.