Edinburgh Agreement (2012)
|Agreement between the United Kingdom Government and the Scottish Government on a referendum on independence for Scotland|
|Ratified||15 October 2012|
|Location||St Andrew's House, Edinburgh, Scotland|
|Purpose||to provide a clear legal basis for the holding of the Scottish independence referendum, 2014|
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The Edinburgh Agreement (full title: Agreement between the United Kingdom Government and the Scottish Government on a referendum on independence for Scotland) is the agreement between the Scottish Government and the United Kingdom Government, signed on 15 October 2012 at St Andrew's House, Edinburgh, on the terms for the Scottish independence referendum, 2014.
Both governments agreed that the referendum should:
- have a clear legal base
- be legislated for by the Scottish Parliament
- be conducted so as to command the confidence of parliaments, government and people
- deliver a fair test and decisive expression of the views of people in Scotland and a result that everyone will respect
The governments agreed to promote an Order in Council under Section 30 of the Scotland Act 1998 to allow a single-question referendum on Scottish independence to be held before the end of 2014 so to put beyond doubt that the Scottish Parliament can legislate for the referendum.
The legal status of the agreement is a matter of academic discussion.
- Text of the 'Edinburgh Agreement' www.independent.co.uk, 15 October 2012
- See Christine Bell 'The Legal Status of the Edinburgh Agreement'
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