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A Stronger Scotland within the UK


The Scottish Liberal Democrats are leading the campaign for a stronger Scotland within the UK.

On the 18th September the people of Scotland voted by a clear majority to remain part of the United Kingdom. Over two million Scots agreed that this was the best for Scotland.

Now the debate has moved on to what form a new Scotland within the UK should take.

Scottish Liberal Democrats have a long and proud record of supporting Home Rule for Scotland. We made an essential contribution to creating the Scottish Parliament in 1999 and growing its powers in 2012. 

Now we must go further. We need to strengthen the Scottish Parliament to create a sustainable constitutional settlement. Holyrood needs to raise much more of the money it spends through new tax powers. That way we can determine our own destiny on the domestic agenda while retaining the strength and security of the UK. With these new powers we can tackle inequality, create jobs and invest for the long term.

We were the first party to set out what Home Rule for Scotland would look like. Former Lib Dem Leader Sir Menzies Campbell MP chaired our commission into "Home Rule and Community Rule", which you can download and read here.

But it's not certain that we can win the Liberal Democrat plan for new powers. Just like before, the Liberal Democrats are needed to drive and guarantee the powerful change that Scotland needs.

We need your support more than ever to make this change happen.

Help us ensure that David Cameron and Ed Miliband honour their pledge to Scotland. And help us stand up against the bullying of Alex Salmond who wants to undermine our place in the United Kingdom.

Help to build a stronger Scotland by joining the Liberal Democrats TODAY. 

With your help we can secure the big changes we need to secure a stronger Scotland within the United Kingdom.

Do you want a stronger Scotland within the UK? Sign up and tell us!

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  • signed 2015-02-21 13:45:33 +0000
  • signed 2015-02-10 20:06:59 +0000
  • signed 2015-01-03 22:09:29 +0000
    I voted No on last Referendum because I want Scotland stay within UK,is only one Country,more Power and

    stronger for Better Together.And beside I am a British Citizen.I don’t like Scotland to be Independent Country,I like sharing to all UK.
  • signed 2014-10-27 15:24:44 +0000
    I’m absolutely in favour of a federal constitution – it’s close to what a “union” ought to be. LibDems ought to be able to satisfy both pro-unionists and pro-independence voters with proposals that reserve a small number of powers on “national” issues to Westminster. Already, as more powers have been devolved, the Scottish MPs have lost responsibilities for those issues affecting their own constituents which are the responsibility of Holyrood and so their role needs to be clarified. South of the border this is seen as the West Lothian question or EVEL issue – but it is just as relevant up here. The question is what to do with an asymmetrical constitution in which Scotland has devolved powers but England does not. Let’s get the Smith commission to deliver on those additional powers for Scotland, but propose more radical federalisation in which Scotland controls its own income as a solution for the new problems which are being created right now. Under no circumstances can the LibDems fail to deliver anything at all.
  • signed 2014-10-25 13:10:25 +0100
  • signed 2014-10-25 07:29:39 +0100
  • signed 2014-10-24 22:09:37 +0100
    I like the idea of a federal UK. It would result in less centralisation from London and would help to balance out the unequal size of England in relation to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. I like the ideas of partnership working and the concept of balance between federal and state bodies.
  • signed 2014-10-24 19:16:25 +0100
    Do not let either the Tories, Labour or SNP off the hook! A strong Federal UK. The sooner-the-better.
  • signed 2014-09-22 22:22:25 +0100
  • signed 2014-09-22 18:28:29 +0100
  • signed 2014-09-19 12:51:11 +0100
  • signed 2014-09-15 21:37:30 +0100
  • signed 2014-09-15 20:19:16 +0100
  • signed 2014-09-14 00:13:09 +0100
  • signed 2014-09-10 21:27:04 +0100
    The current situation has not been created by a desire for Nationalism, it has been created by decades of unfair governance by Westminster. Alex Salmond is right in many respects. The Pound is MY Pound. The Bank of England is MY bank. The Westminster Parliament is MY Parliament yet much of its time is spent debating English Health and Education issues. My taxes are paying for this. The only logical solution is a federal one (with a rename of the Bank of England to the UK Central Bank). I also blame the BBC as our national broadcaster for treating Scotland as 2nd class citizens, broadcasting English Health and Education news every night, but rarely featuring Scottish news as of national interest, resulting in a totally confused and frustrated electorate.
  • signed 2014-09-10 21:00:43 +0100
    I have always thought federalism was a good idea – the possible future of not only the UK, but the world. Now, with Scotland divided 50/50 before the referendum, it has even more significance. Federalism would satisfy the aspirations of many people currently on opposite sides of the debate on independence. It is democratic, progressive, and new. It would provide ‘independence’ within a progressive UK structure. There is no fixed model, and it would be an exciting challenge for the people of Scotland and the UK to create their own one. In the event of a ‘no’ vote it is essential. If we vote ‘yes’ federalism will be a golden, lost opportunity.
  • signed 2014-09-10 18:41:27 +0100
  • signed 2014-09-10 08:02:41 +0100
    I love Scotland
  • signed 2014-09-07 22:13:02 +0100
    I received paper leaflet version of this through my door today, and I am so impressed by the positive messages and the non-blaming stance you have taken. I have been blogging about the need for compassion in this referendum campaign and this is such a great example of that. Well done. Well, well done.

    Now go get this message to everyone and keep Scotland in the UK.
  • signed 2014-09-07 21:36:35 +0100
    This is the only way forward for Scotland and would potentially boost political engagement in England as well.

    The vote of the 18th Sept should be taken as indicative but not final given the fact not least that:

    a) a federal UK/ devo -max was not on the table


    b) that the basis of the franchise is questionable , excluding as it does the opinion of circa 1M expat, first generation Scots

    - the result on the 18th will not therefore reflect the views of the ‘Scots Nation’, but rather those people resident in Scotland.

    The residential entitlement to vote was a fair basis for defining the franchise for devolution (of powers to the territory of Scotland) – however it is an inadequate basis upon which to poll the Scots nation as to its future sovereignty.

    This is particularly the case as those who will be most affected by changes to the passport and freedom of movement are exactly those who have been denied the franchise.

    A close yes or no vote should trigger a Constitutional Commission which could evolve a detailed proposition upon which the Scots, English and Welsh might vote – AFTER a referendum on Europe, which could expose a genuine potential constitutional schism between Scotland and England , were the majority of English to decide in favour of an exit of the EU, were the Scots to vote the other way.
  • signed 2014-09-05 10:05:40 +0100
  • signed 2014-08-31 13:22:43 +0100
    I want to see a fully federal Britain within a federal Europe. I’ve lived my entire life back and forth between Scotland and Yorkshire, and there has been no real difference between the experience of Scotland and N England since 1979. It was wrong and unjust not to create a full federal system in 1997.
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