Scottish Independence: SNP and coalition begin to draft the referendum
The UK and Scottish governments have begun work on a draft agreement to set out the rules of a referendum on independence, as talks over a possible deal progressed yesterday.
• Sturgeon steering referendum campaign after recent cabinet reshuffle.
• Both sides hope for progress after initial bitter arguments.
However, the discussions between SNP Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Secretary Michael Moore did not resolve the key issue of the number of questions that will be asked on the ballot paper.
SNP ministers have said one straight question on independence is their preference, but they are waiting for the publication of a consultation document, in the next few weeks, which will show the level of public support for a second question that asks voters whether they would prefer a more powerful Scottish parliament within the UK.
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