INDEPENDENCE IS NOT AN EXTENSION OF DEVOLUTION – LORD WALLACE

Lord Wallace of Tankerness speaking at the Law Society of Scotland’s debate on Thursday 1 November 2012 said:

“We must bust the myth that somehow independence is an extension of devolution, a continuation along the path which we set out on at the 1997 referendum.

“The truth is that independence means the end of devolution. Any lawyer can tell the difference between a constitutional settlement which evolves within the UK and one which means the creation of a new state outwith the UK.

“Devolution has worked and is working for Scotland. It has flexibility, it is dynamic as this year’s Scotland Act – implemented without a referendum – has shown; and it means power exercised in Scotland over a vast range of Scottish issues, whilst retaining the benefits and security of a stable, successful, political, economic, social and cultural union.”

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