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    New opinion poll: Voters demand pre-referendum agreement on a new constitutional settlement 

    Devo Plus calls for parties to sign ‘Glasgow Agreement’ on a new Union between Scotland and the rest of the UK


    New polling, conducted by YouGov on behalf of the Devo Plus group, has shown the dramatic effect which Devo Plus could have on the result of the independence referendum.

    The polling, conducted from 19-22 August, shows that the adoption of Devo Plus makes the option of remaining within the United Kingdom a significantly more attractive proposition.

    The key findings are as follows:

    • 16% of those voters not currently intending to vote ‘no’ are more likely to do so if their vote helps to deliver Devo Plus

    Almost one-in-three Labour voters not intending to vote ‘no’ would be more likely to do so

    Even one-in-ten SNP voters would be more likely to vote ‘no’ if they got Devo Plus

    • An absolute majority of all voters want the anti-independence parties to set out their vision of more powers for the Scottish Parliament before the referendum

    58% of Labour voters want these powers set out before the referendum, against 12% who want them set out afterwards

    65% of SNP voters agree, against only 7% who think it should take place after the referendum


    Commenting, Ben Thomson, Chairman of Devo Plus, said:

    “Our previous polling on this issue showed that Devo Plus was the most popular option for Scotland’s constitutional future, and this poll confirms its popularity.

    “What this poll clearly demonstrates is the widespread public backing for an agreement on more powers for the Scottish Parliament in advance of the referendum, and the impact that agreement could have on the result. Strikingly, for every person who believes an agreement can wait until after the referendum, there are five who want an agreement now.

    “That’s why we are urging parties to sign up to our ‘Glasgow Agreement’. The Glasgow Agreement, based on our paper A New Union, will provide the foundation for further powers whilst maintaining an enduring relationship between Scotland and the rest of the UK.

    “This is a unique opportunity to create a new constitutional settlement for Scotland within the UK. Over the next year and beyond, we will be working with all parties to help deliver it.”


    Jeremy Purvis answers BBC web viewers' questions

    Click the link below to watch Glenn Campbell's interview of Jeremy Purvis.

    "The leader of the campaign to win new powers for the Scottish Parliament has said he is "enthusiastic" that the pro-union parties will be able to agree on which new responsibilities could be devolved to Holyrood.

    Ahead of the Scottish independence referendum in 2014, Jeremy Purvis of the Devo Plus group, urged parties to say what would happen regarding Holyrood powers, if the public voted "no".

    Voters will be asked a straight yes/no question on independence, come the 2014 referendum.

    The Scottish government budget is currently funded by the UK Treasury and many financial powers are reserved, leading some to argue that Scotland is not properly accountable for the money it spends.

    Devo Plus has proposed that Holyrood, as part of the UK, could raise most of its own money by 2020 and has urged Labour, the Tories and Liberal Democrats to agree proposals before the referendum and include them in their manifestoes for the 2015 UK election.

    Speaking in the latest of a series of BBC webcasts on Scotland's future, Mr Purvis said the three parties had all been considering options to strengthen devolution.

    The former Liberal Democrat MSP, who has also spoken in support of the Better Together campaign to keep the Union, said: "As a member of a devo plus group, a cross-party group, working with other parties, I'm also enthusiastic that the work that they are doing bodes very well for the future."




    A New Union shows a blueprint for agreement  

    In a major report published today, the Devo Plus group’s A New Union shows how agreement can be reached on the best way forward for Scotland.

    It shows in practical detail how the Scottish Parliament’s increased powers can be delivered before 2020 and how a permanent, stable and sustainable relationship between Scotland the rest of the UK can be secured after the 2014 referendum. 

    Alex Fergusson MSP, Tavish Scott MSP and Duncan McNeil MSP and Jeremy Purvis published the report with chairman of Reform Scotland, Ben Thomson.

    A New Union shows:


    • how Devo Plus can be delivered during the lifetime of the next UK Parliament;
    • what the permanent long term settlement will be for Scotland within the UK; and
    • how political agreement should be brought about in advance of the referendum vote.


    The report includes specific recommendations for the delivery of the long term constitutional relationship for generations to come. They include:


    • the Westminster Parliament permanently vesting the power to legislate for non reserved matters in Scotland to the Scottish Parliament;
    • the Scottish Parliament established permanently to that it can only be dissolved if it so agrees;
    • the authority of the Scottish Parliament to raise the majority of its expenditure recognised in statute; and
    • means of adjustment to the agreement, and resolutions of dispute recognised in statute.


    Devo Plus gives the tools to the Scottish Parliament to deliver better public services, improved social outcomes and a stronger platform for Scotland while recognising the advantage of a strong relationship with the rest of the UK.

    Importantly A New Union also shows how agreement can be reached among parties and others.

    Download the latest Devo Plus report, A New Union, in full here.