The Electoral Commission will refuse to consider an independence referendum question proposed by Scotland’s three unionist parties — in a move described as a ”humiliation” by the SNP. Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives had announced the creation of an expert panel to devise wording for the ballot, planned for autumn 2014. They had then proposed to have the question tested by the impartial Electoral Commission.
The move came amid concerns the question proposed by Alex Salmond’s Scottish Government — Do you agree Scotland should be an independent country? — could lead voters towards a Yes response. However, speaking on Wednesday electoral commissioner John McCormick said: ”As we said in our consultation response it’s for the relevant government to propose a question.