The Referendum on Separation for Scotland: A Multi-Option Question
HC 543, Third Report of Session 2012-13 - Report, Together with Formal Minutes
- House of Commons - Scottish Affairs Committee
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
Widening the number of options to be put in front of the voters in a referendum may at first sight be an attractive proposition, but it suffers from a number of drawbacks according to the report 'The Referendum on Separation for Scotland: A Multi-Option Question (HC 543)'.
The Scottish Government does not have a mandate to hold a referendum on greater devolution. What it promised was a referendum on separation, and that has been agreed.
There are very serious unanswered questions about how a three-option referendum would work. There are a number of potential ways in which the results could be calculated and aggregated, and the choice of voting and counting mechanism could well determine the outcome; it should be made clear to voters what the consequences of their decision will be.
Multi-option referendums are very uncommon internationally, with experience strongly indicating that they do not lead to effective decisions.
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