Scotland: Referendum

House of Lords written question – answered on 24th January 2012.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the event of independence from the United Kingdom being granted to Scotland, what rights Scots who do not wish to reside in Scotland would have to move freely to the remaining parts of the United Kingdom.

Photo of Lord Wallace of Tankerness Lord Wallace of Tankerness Lords Spokesperson (Attorney General's Office), Lords Spokesperson (Wales Office), The Advocate-General for Scotland, Lords Spokesperson (Scotland Office)

The Government are clear that Scotland benefits from being part of the UK and the UK benefits from having Scotland in it. If there were to be a vote in favour of independence in any referendum, the question of free movement is just one of many significant issues that would need to be addressed.

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