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Asked about Wendy Alexander’s comments about a referendum for Scottish independence, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) told the assembled press that the Prime Minister spoke to his Labour Party and Governmental colleagues on a regular basis. In general, the Prime Minister’s position on the subject was that 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 if the Prime Minister would welcome a referendum to put those arguments, the PMS reiterated that there was a debate taking place in the Scottish Parliament on that very issue.

Put that the Prime Minister had the final say on the matter, the PMS replied that we were not at that point. There was a proposal for a referendum and there was a debate in the Scottish Parliament on the timing of any potential referendum in Scotland.

Asked if the Prime Minister had spoken to Wendy Alexander on the subject, the PMS said that he would not be getting into briefing on conversations between the Prime Minister and his Labour Party colleagues. Wendy Alexander was not a member of the Government and the PMS was a Spokesman for the Prime Minister in his capacity as Head of the Government. Asked if that was a political matter and should the press direct their enquiries to the Labour Party, the PMS said that that was correct.

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