Politicians welcome agreement

Local MSP Stewart Stevenson and MP Eilidh Whiteford have welcomed the historic signing of the agreement between the Scottish and Westminster Governments which paves the way for an independence referendum in 2014,

SNP MSP for Banffshire & Buchan Coast Stewart Stevenson said: “The referendum agreement is a very significant milestone towards Scotland achieving the normal independent status of other nations.

“The fact that the Scottish and UK Governments have reached a detailed agreement on how to allow the people of Scotland their say is of immense importance.

“I am also pleased to see the acceptance that 16 and 17 year olds are going to have a vote, and that there will now be a straight yes/no vote on independence on the ballot paper.”

Banff and Buchan MP Eilidh Whiteford said: “Since I became active in politics at a young age I have made the case for Scotland’s independence and I am absolutely delighted that an agreement has been reached on the referendum arrangements that will let the people of Scotland make that vital choice.

“This historic agreement sets the scene for the most important constitutional debate and decision that the Scottish people will consider in hundreds of years.”