Scotland politics

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."