The Electoral Commission has said it ‘must be required to assess any referendum question... regardless of whether the commission has previously published views on the question proposed’.
Pamela Nash, chief executive of Scotland in Union, said:
“The people of Scotland have already chosen to remain in the UK in a once-in-a-generation referendum, so there is no need for this Bill in the first place. The SNP should drop its plan for a divisive and unnecessary second independence referendum.
“But if MSPs press ahead with the Bill, it is vital that this important recommendation from the Electoral Commission is actioned.
“Should we ever be in the situation where Scotland’s place in the UK is subject to another referendum, to ensure that it is carried out fairly and the result is respected by all, the wording of the question must be looked at again by the Electoral Commission in all circumstances, including if the question proposed is the same as in 2014.
“Crucially, ahead of the EU referendum, the Electoral Commission recommended that a ‘yes/no’ style question be dropped to ensure a more balanced question.”