Scotland's Decision: A constitutional chain reaction?

Published: 19 September 2014

Professor Charlie Jeffery, Director of the ESRC Future of the UK and Scotland teams, looks at the implications of the Prime Minister’s statement on the victory of the No campaign in the independence referendum.

The referendum has been won by the Conservatives and their allies under the banner of Better Together. The issue that is now attracting attention of Conservative MPs in Westminster is what an enhanced constitutional settlement for Scotland might mean for England. They argue that it would be untenable to extend devolution powers to Scotland without taking into an account the effect this will have on England and law making for that nation.

So the Prime Minister seems to be dusting down the McKay Commission report of early 2013. To declare an interest, I was one of the members of the Commission. We proposed a solution to the fact that Scottish MPs could vote on issues at Westminster that affected just England.

The solution? Boosting the role of MPs from England when considering such legislation.

So: more powers for Scotland is not straightforward. There’s now a constitutional chain reaction…where will it end?

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