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Solicitors set to quiz leading figures in independence debate

17 July 2014 | tagged News release

Scottish Government Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill and Advocate General Lord Wallace of Tankerness will take part in a debate hosted by the Law Society of Scotland on 6 August at Glasgow Caledonian University.

It is the latest in a series of referendum events hosted by the Law Society to provide a platform for debate and follows the recent publication of its second paper on Scotland's constitutional future, which has provided a comprehensive analysis of the issues raised in the debate so far and seeks further clarity from both sides of the debate on a wide range of issues including currency, EU membership, tax and education.

Alistair Morris, President of the Law Society of Scotland, said: "In just a few weeks, people in Scotland will be asked to cast a vote, arguably the most important vote in their lifetime. It is essential that everyone is equipped with the right information so each person can make up his or her mind and collectively deliver a decisive result.

"There continues to be uncertainty on some fundamental issues including the currency we would use, EU membership, how our economy would succeed and what taxes we would pay. Questions also remain on how further devolution can and would be delivered in the event of a no vote.

"The Society has maintained a neutral stance throughout, but we know that there is a range of views among the legal profession on whether Scotland should become an independent country or not, and we have hosted a number of events to allow our members to discuss topics of most interest to the legal profession. This will be an important opportunity for solicitors to put their questions to two of the leading figures on opposite sides of the debate before we go to the polls next month."

The debate takes place on 6 August at Glasgow Caledonian University. Doors open at 6.30pm with the debate starting at 7pm.

To attend the event please contact the Society at Solicitors who are not able to attend but have a question they would like put to Mr MacAskill or Lord Wallace, can also email the Society at this address.



FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Please contact Val McEwan on 0131 226 8884 /

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