Agreement between the United Kingdom Government and the Scottish Government on a referendum on independence for Scotland
- have a clear legal base
- be legislated for by the Scottish Parliament
- be conducted so as to command the confidence of parliaments, governments and people
- deliver a fair test and a decisive expression of the views of people in Scotland and a result that everyone will respect
- the date of the referendum
- the franchise
- the wording of the question
- rules on campaign financing
- other rules for the conduct of the referendum
- Both governments agree that the principles underpinning the existing framework for referendums held under Acts of the UK Parliament – which aim to guarantee fairness
- The governments agree that it will be important to ensure that broadcast coverage of the Referendum is impartial. Broadcasters, Ofcom and the Electoral Commission will discuss the best way to achieve this.
Proof of this influence? The 65+generation, 75% voted NO. Why? Because they relied on Newpapers & TV for their information. Which was all one sided & completely vilified the YES campaign.
- Government activity during the 28 days before the referendum