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Asked repeatedly whether the Prime Minister supported Wendy Alexander’s call for a referendum on Scottish independence, the PMS said that the Prime Minister’s position on the matter was that clearly there was a debate taking place in the Scottish Parliament on the timing of any potential referendum on Scottish independence. The Prime Minister had always been confident of the strength of the argument in favour of the Union and believed that a referendum on Scotland leaving the Union would be defeated.

Asked when the Prime Minister found out about the comments made by Wendy Alexander, the PMS said that the position taken by the Labour Party leader was a matter for her, but obviously the Prime Minister did speak to his Labour Party colleagues, including the leader of the Labour party in Scotland, all the time.

Asked if the Scottish Parliament came to a settled view, would the Prime Minister feel it was his duty to abide by that view, the PMS reiterated that there was already a proposal from some elements in the Scottish Parliament for a referendum, but there was a debate taking place in Scotland about the timing of that.

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  1. Could we have a referendum in England to ask if we want Scotland to stay in the union

    Comment by Neil Regan — 7 May 2008 on 4:14 am | Link

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