MacDonald Urges the Falkirk District People to Have Their Say on Scotland’s Constitution
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 11:26
Angus MacDonald, SNP MSP for Falkirk East has today (Tuesday) urged residents of Falkirk East to have their say on a draft Bill which will set out how an independent Scotland will be governed.
The draft Scottish Independence Bill is now open for public consultation and includes details on how an independent Scotland could prepare a permanent written constitution in a fully participative process led by the people.
The Bill also sets out immediate arrangements for independence – such as the role of government, human rights and the rule of law – and would form the interim written constitution.
The fundamental principle underpinning the Bill is that the people are sovereign – rather than Parliament, as is the case in the UK. The United Kingdom is the only country in the European Union, and the only country in the Commonwealth, which does not currently have a written constitution or Constitution Act.
The interim constitution proposes an obligation to advance towards nuclear disarmament, the strengthening of human rights protection, the safeguarding of the wellbeing of children and protection for the particular needs of local government and island communities.
Mr MacDonald commented:
“The debate about Scotland’s future is engaging and enthusing people across Falkirk East. It is an intensely practical debate about how independence can improve the lives of people in Scotland.
“Currently we don’t have a written constitution, and the UK is the only country within the European Union or the Commonwealth that does not have a written constitution or a Constitution Act. But on September 18th the people of Scotland will be sovereign as they make the decision on Scotland’s future. Only with independence can we then keep that power over our own destiny.
“In the Yes campaign we believe that the Scottish people should be sovereign, rather than our parliament. We also believe that principle should be written into the basic building blocks of an independent Scotland, the constitution which will underpin what our country is like and how it protects and empowers its citizens.
“The key practical point here is that with independence, the Scottish Parliament can deliver an economic policy tailored to our needs and designed to take advantage of our great wealth. I urge the residents of my constituency to take this opportunity to realise Scotland’s true economic worth and potential.”
“This is a very exciting time and I would encourage everyone to have their say on the Bill. It is an exciting and unique opportunity to shape our nation, celebrate and protect our values and commit ourselves to building a better country.”