Public Law

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that the Scottish Government’s White Paper on independence will be published in November. The paper will set out the SNP’s vision for an independent Scotland, which the Herald’s report suggests will include “a radically simpler and fairer tax system”. That would be something of a departure from previous suggestions that radical changes would be avoided in the short-term while independence bedded in.

The Scottish Government had previously trailed the paper as due in “autumn 2013”, and most commentators had November – possibly around St Andrew’s Day – pegged as the most likely option. However, there had more recently been speculation that publication was imminent, to let the Scottish Government steal a march on their opponents. Ms Sturgeon’s contribution puts that speculation to rest, so those of you who had been holding your breath in anticipation can finally inhale again.

Still, I’m sure the paper will arrive in what will feel like no time at all. It seems like only yesterday I was posting about there being 400 days to go. Ah, but those were the days…

Charles Livingstone

Partner at Brodies LLP
Charles works with a broad range of commercial, public sector, charitable and individual clients, advising them on public law issues including judicial review, human rights, information law and the powers and duties of local and other public authorities. He is named by Chambers & Partners in both Competition Law and Administrative & Public Law.
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