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Call SNP's bluff on referendum

The stance of the Scottish National Party is cynical and disingenuous. In attempting to dictate the timing of the referendum to late 2014, and to include a question on transferring of further powers, they are trying to allow themselves as much time as possible.

In addition, they will, of course, have the fallback of securing a Yes vote on the devo-max question and, in so doing, taking an incremental step toward eventual separation. Scottish voters are much more likely to vote Yes on devo-max than on Yes-No.

The Government should call the SNP's bluff and co-operate on the referendum, putting the Yes-No question to the Scottish people and, at the same time, the devomax question to the British people. I believe the outcome would then be a No on both counts.


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