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article imageUK government won't block Scottish referendum on independence

By Gemma Fox     May 8, 2011 in Politics
Edinburgh - Following the overall majority win of the Scottish National Party (SNP) in Scotland the UK government at Westminster says it will not move to block a Scottish referendum on independence.
After the results of the elections in Scotland the SNP leader Alex Salmond quickly announced his intention to hold a referendum in the second part of the five year term of government.
During the last term of Scottish government the SNP were not in overall control at Holyrood and therefore could not bring the referendum that Alex Salmond and the party wanted.
However, this time the SNP have the overall majority that allows them to govern alone and the freedom the bring the referendum.
The Westminster Secretary of State for Scotland, Liberal Democrat MP Michael Moore made the announcement on Sunday morning. In his statement he said that the government would not put obstacles in the way of the referendum taking place but that he would campaign against it. He said that the UK government would not put any legal or constitutional obstacles in the way of the referendum.
All the main parties in the UK, the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats are against a breaking up of the union and Labour leader Ed Miliband said this morning on the Andrew Marr show that he did not believe the people of Scotland wanted to break away from the rest of the UK.
Recent polls show that Scotland has yet to still be convinced about independence. When polled most people say that they would vote no to independence.
Michael Moore also said that the UK government would not be bringing forth their own referendum on Scottish independence after the Deputy Leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Murdo Fraser, said they should consider bringing one to the country. Mr Moore said that it was a matter for the Scottish government to decided when it would happen.
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