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The Scottish Independence Referendum: Constitutional and Political Implications

Aileen McHarg, Tom Mullen, Alan Page, and Neil Walker


The September 2014 Scottish independence referendum was an event of profound constitutional and political significance, not only for Scotland, but for the United Kingdom as a whole. Although Scottish voters chose to remain in the United Kingdom, the experience of the referendum and the subsequent political reaction to the 'No' vote that triggered significant reforms to the devolution settlement have fundamentally altered Scotland's position within the Union. The extraordinary success of the Scottish National Party at the 2015 General Election also indicates that the territorial dimension to UK ... More

Keywords: Scotland, independence, referendum, United Kingdom, Union, devolution, federalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198755517
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198755517.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aileen McHarg, editor
Professor of Public Law, University of Strathclyde

Tom Mullen, editor
Professor of Law, University of Glasgow

Alan Page, editor
Professor of Public Law, University of Dundee

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