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Sovereignty: Scotland

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 15th July 2015.

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Photo of Lord Stoddart of Swindon Lord Stoddart of Swindon Independent Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bridges of Headley on 29 June (HL523), why they have ruled out holding a referendum in England on the maintenance of the union with Scotland; whether they have any plans to review their policy; and if so, when.

Photo of Lord Bridges of Headley Lord Bridges of Headley The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

The Government will do it all it can to maintain the integrity of the United Kingdom, and the institutions which underpin it. While no part of the UK should be forced to remain in or leave the UK against its wishes, in last year's referendum people in Scotland voted to remain in the UK and both the UK and Scottish Governments have committed to respect the result in the Edinburgh Agreement. Therefore we have no plans to hold another referendum on this issue.

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