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"Result must be respected but roadmap for new powers needs to be agreed” says Law Society of Scotland

19 September 2014 | tagged News release

Commenting on the result of the independence referendum, Alistair Morris, President of the Law Society of Scotland, said:

“A majority of people have expressed a clear desire for Scotland to remain part of the United Kingdom.  It is now important for everyone to come together and respect the will of the people.

“The campaign over the last few years has been impassioned and at times difficult, with strong views and emotions on both sides.  However, this referendum has been a triumph of democracy. We have seen a record turnout which has included many thousands of people registering and voting for the first time.  We should all be proud of this.

“During the referendum campaign, we were repeatedly assured that a no vote was not a vote for the status quo.  The three main UK parties signed a commitment to devolve further powers from Westminster to the Scottish Parliament.  We now need a clear roadmap, both for reaching a consensus and for the delivery of any new powers.  That process must reach out beyond the political parties and involve those from across civic Scotland.  We need the broadest possible consultation and engagement if we are to ensure any new constitutional settlement is to stand the test of time.

“For our part, the Law Society worked closely with government and across the political parties when the Scottish Parliament was established in 1999 and when further powers were devolved.  We stand ready once more and offer our assistance to the country as it moves on from this referendum and considers the next steps on its constitutional journey.”

The Law Society will be holding a special conference on Friday 3 October titled “The People’s Verdict – so what now?” which will look at this referendum result and look at the implications for our economy, our society and Scotland's place in the world.  It will also consider how the country can come together after a difficult and lengthy campaign. First Minister Alex Salmond MSP and Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael MP are set to be among the speakers.

ENDS                                                                          19 SEPTEMBER 2014

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