Scottish independence: Unite will stay neutral on independence

The country's biggest trade union has decided not to make a recommendation to its members on how to vote in Scotland's independence referendum.

Unite's Scottish committee unanimously agreed not to endorse either a "Yes" or a "No" vote.

The union's Scottish secretary Pat Rafferty said Unite did not want to limit its members' freedom of choice.

Voters in Scotland will be asked the Yes/No question "Should Scotland be an independent country?" on September 18.

Mr Rafferty said: "The role of Unite is not to dictate to our members how they should vote on what is one of the biggest decisions they will have to make.

"This is a decision on the future of a nation and its people and everything that entails."

He added: "We have no interest whatsoever in limiting democratic debate and freedom of choice among our members while policies and proposals on our country's constitutional future are still being created and debated."

More on This Story

Scotland Decides

More Scotland politics stories

RSS

Features & Analysis

  • Romo in Washington DCDoggie in the window

    Why are strangers photographing this pet?


  • Man on planeKnee jerks

    When is it acceptable to recline your seat on flights?


  • California reservoirTapped out

    Is California about to run out of water?


  • A protestor in Ferguson, Missouri is confronted by a police officer weilding a shotgun.Fatal flaw

    Why no one knows how many Americans are killed by police


Elsewhere on the BBC

  • Child museumChild's play

    Should children be allowed to run wild in museums? BBC Culture investigates

Programmes

  • Going through ice across the Northwest PassageThe Travel Show Watch

    Navigating the treacherous Northwest Passage through ice and Arctic storms

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.