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It's starting... to fall apart - Prof Curtice warns of "obvious problem"

October 25, 2011 12:39 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP has demanded more clarity from the SNP over fresh concerns that their proposed two-question ballot for the independence referendum could create an 'obvious problem'.

Willie Rennie MSPWillie Rennie MSPMr Rennie has seized on comments, reported today, from Professor John Curtice that such a ballot tactic would lead to 'an obvious problem'.

Willie Rennie raised yesterday the potential for independence to win even if it was less popular than the devolution max option.

The SNP responded to Mr Rennie's calls for clarity yesterday by saying the answer was 'obvious' and confirming their view that independence should win even if it was less popular than the devolution max option.

But John Curtice, Professor of Politics at the University of Strathclyde is reported today saying that two 'yes' votes in the forthcoming referendum 'would create an obvious problem'.

Mr Rennie said:

"It's time the SNP abandoned the smoke and mirrors and explained how they can possibly justify how a tiny majority for independence could trump a landslide for DevoMax.

"Yesterday the SNP admitted the flaw in their plan but refused to change course.

"This creates an obvious problem, clear to everyone else. The SNP do not seem to grasp that Independence and Devolution Max are two separate stand-alone propositions unlike the 1997 Scottish Parliament Referendum.

"This needs urgent attention from the First Minister.

"It's starting …to fall apart."