We can check out but never leave
The Referendums Bill going through the Scottish Parliament has been challenged by Labour’s James Kelly MSP who is attempting to add a requirement that 50% of the total registered electorate should have to vote Yes to independence to make the result valid, whilst the No side would require no such threshhold.
Shades of the infamous 40% rule inserted at Westminster in the Scotland Act 1978 by Labour’s George Cunningham. The result of that, of course, was that Scotland voted to have an assembly with limited powers but as votes cast fell short of the 40% required our devolved parliament was not delivered for another twenty years. And now James kelly wants to up Cunningham’s iniquitous 40% to 50%
Some politicians never learn!
Read what Scot goes Pop says the figure actually means here.