The Electoral Commission has delivered to the Scottish Government its findings on the question to be set in the October 2014 Independence Referendum and on the funding limits for the pro and anti campaigns in the leading up to that vote.
As widely predicted in the past few days, the Commission has found that the question submitted by the Scottish Government for the vote – ‘Do you agree that Scotland should be an independent country?’ – could tend to lead a positive response.
It has therefore recommended – again as trailed – that the question should be the simple neutral: ‘Should Scotland be an independent country?’
It has also doubled the recommended cap to spending by each of the two campaigns from £750,000 to £1.5 million and is to cap the spending on campaigning on this issue by political parties – apparently treated as a separate matter.
Scotland’s Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, is reported as having said that the Scottish Government would accept the Commissions recommendations.