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Scotland Bill — Committee (5th Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 7:00 pm on 21st March 2012.

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Photo of Lord Neill of Bladen Lord Neill of Bladen Crossbench 7:00 pm, 21st March 2012

Someone said that the question, or part of the question, might be, "Do you consider the referendum to be legal?". That would be a fatal question to put. It is an extraordinarily difficult legal question, and there is no reason why the ordinary voter should have a view that is entitled to any weight on that. However, he will certainly be asked whether he wants to have one country or two, in the language there is for that. To ask, "Do you think it would be legal?", would be a mistake.