How Impartial is the Electoral Commission?

Scottish Government Q. "Do you Agree that Scotland should be an Independent country ? Yes/No"

Electoral Commission propose Q. "Should Scotland be an Independent country? Yes/No"

The Electoral Commission are also proposing higher campaign spending limits than the Scottish Government.

Can a UK controlled unelected quango dictate to a mandated Scottish Government?

The impartiallity of the Electoral Commission is open to question as it is selected from r-UK supporters.

There is a proven option: The Scottish Government should call on the services of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) who have a long record of fair and impartial monitoring of national voting activities. They possess the experience and personnel to oversee fair and impartial referendum. Both the Scottish and the UK governments would gain international and domestic credibility by such mature action. Due to the action of the SDA in sending a Memorandum to the Secretary General of the OSCE, requesting that the OSCE monitor the referendum issue, the OSCE are fully cognizant of the situation regarding the referendum due in Scotland in 2014.   
Following a considered debate the Scottish Democratic Alliance Concur with the Scottish Government's decision to accept the ammended question.

EFTA court rules in support of Iceland

The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) court on Monday ruled that Iceland did not break European free trade laws on deposit guarantee schemes by refusing to compensate foreign depositors after Icesave’s owner, Lansbanki, collapsed in 2008.

The judgment obliterates any hopes the UK government had of pursuing Reykjavik for interest on the £2.35bn bail-out. It also raises grave questions about Europe’s cross-border banking arrangements, which allow overseas lenders to “passport” into a country without being subjected to local financial regulation.

In a key ruling that will set a precedent for future cross-border depositor guarantees, the EFTA court dismissed all three claims brought against Iceland and said the compensation rules did not mean the government had to fund the scheme.

Read the full article by Philip Aldrick of the Telegraph:

British Prime Minister Concurs with SDA Policy

On 23 January 2013, David Cameron - the British Prime Minister (PM) in his speech regarding the future position of Britain in Europe concurred with the stated position of the SDA. To hold a referendum to obtain the views of the people.

The British PM proposes a referendum with a simple In or Out of the European Union (EU).

The PM also proposes that Britain renegotiate to remain within the European Union (EU) as a trading partner in Europe.

But it is not quite that simple. At present, there is no mechanism within the EU for the renegotiation that the PM is talking about. Any significant changes would require the full support of the other 26 nations.

At present Britain is in the EU side of the European Economic Area, the EU-EEA (with 27 members). One alternative is to come out of the EU and join the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) side of the EEA, the EFTA-EEA (with 3 members, Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein, who also trade with the EU members). The other alternative is to set up bi-lateral treaties with the EU-EEA countries.

It is highly unlikely that the three relatively small countries in EFTA would be keen to have a large domineering member like the rump UK (r-UK) in their organisation.

Sovereign Scotland should become a member of the European Economic Area (EEA) and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). The EEA provides open access to the Single European Market as well as the European research and development facilities, allows participation in drafting EU legislation, leaves Scotland to manage its own fishing and agriculture policies and more, and provides all the economic benefits that Scotland needs. 


The SDA has already established contact with EFTA countries.                                                                        

SDA policy is that in sovereign Scotland, Referendums should be used to obtain the views of the people on all key issues., such as EFTA/EU, In/Out NATO, Trident Stay/Out, etc.

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