David Cameron and Alex Salmond
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Hammering out Scotland's future

Another key moment in the political week will happen tomorrow of course as the Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond and the Prime Minister David Cameron meet in Edinburgh to sign an agreement on the terms for a referendum on independence. The Scottish and UK governments have both said they've achieved what they wanted from negotiations so far in advance of the expected poll in the autumn of 2014. The deal produced will centre around a single Yes/No question on whether Scotland should leave the UK. And Downing Street has conceded that the franchise in the referendum should be extended to a certain number of 16 and 17 year olds. There's much to be fought over in the coming two years as I discussed with the biographer and commentator David Torrance. He told me first about the current state of public opinion towards the concept of independence in Scotland.

This interview was broadcast on Sunday 14th October on BBC Radio 4's The Westminster Hour.

  • 14 Oct 2012