Citizens' Assemblies

"The Scottish Government is setting up a Citizen’s Assembly most likely to be chaired by ex Labour MEP David Martin....

The randomly selected citizens have been tasked with considering 3 broad issues:

  • what kind of country should Scotland be
  • how can Scotland best overcome challenges, including those arising from Brexit
  • what further work is required to enable people to make informed choices about the future of Scotland

The chosen 120 will be announced in September and will convene in an Assembly over 6 weekends until Spring 2020."

Brexit: "We Let Scots Vote In Our Referendum" Says Tory MP

Bernard Jenkin was delivering a speech on the effects of Brexit on the Devolved Administrations at Queen’s university, Belfast in March this year when he was asked about Northern Ireland voting to remain in the EU. The Conservative MP for Harwich & North Essex replied: “I mean it may seem a tiresome technicality, but it was a United Kingdom referendum and the last time Ireland [sic] voted, they wanted to be part of the United Kingdom – and the same goes for Scotland, we let them vote in our referendum.” He added: “And they helped decide the result for the whole of the United Kingdom.”