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Salmond must ditch his plans for two vote referendum

October 30, 2011 10:13 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP has called on Alex Salmond to ditch his plans for a two-vote referendum

Willie Rennie MSPWillie Rennie MSPHis calls come on the back of a week which saw the First Minister's plan criticised by experts Dr Matt Qvortrup and Professor John Curtice.

Former Presiding Officer, Sir David Steel has also stepped into warn the First Minister that if he presses ahead with his flawed plans, there could be a repeat of the 1979 devolution referendum which caused nothing bitterness and frustration.

Mr Rennie says that Alex Salmond needs to face facts, realise that his plans as they stand are untenable and publish detailed proposals on the referendum so they can be scrutinised properly.

Commenting Mr Rennie said:

"Alex Salmond needs to face facts. His plans will do nothing but cause chaos and confusion. Respected academics and a former Presiding Officer are among the growing number of voices that agree with his plans for a two-vote referendum.

"David Steel is right to draw a comparison between the 1979 referendum and the SNP's plans. If the SNP do not change course they could be at risk of generating a similar degree of bitterness and frustration as was felt over 30 years ago.

"The First Minister should ditch his plans as it would be absurd for the most popular option to lose simply because it doesn't have the support of the First Minister.

"Alex Salmond has a mandate to hold a referendum not to manipulate the result. The Scottish Government need to publish detailed and substantial plans on their intentions.

"Scotland deserves much better."