The Scottish government has outlined a possible transition to independence in the event of a "Yes" vote in the autumn 2014 referendum.
Independence day for Scotland would be in March 2016, with the first elections to an independent parliament in May.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-21331302
Scotland should remain part of the UK because having two governments looking after its affairs offers "the best of both worlds", David Cameron has said.
The PM said on the No 10 website that he would use arguments of the "head and heart" to keep the UK together.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-213941842.7 The Scottish Government has indicated that it will set out its views as to
what independence would mean in practice by publishing proposals in a
White Paper in autumn 2013, following its consultation that has already taken
place. The Secretary of State for Scotland has indicated that the UK
Government will undertake a programme of work to evaluate the benefits of
Scotland remaining in the UK both to Scotland and the rest of the UK.5.41 In the event of a ‘Yes’ vote, there would be a range of issues to be
resolved within the UK and internationally about the terms of independence.
Although we would not expect the terms of independence to be agreed
between the two governments before the vote, clarity about how the terms of
independence will be decided would help voters understand how the
competing claims made by referendum campaigners before the referendum
will be resolved.
5.42 We recommend that the UK and Scottish Governments should
clarify what process will follow the referendum in sufficient detail to
inform people what will happen if most voters vote ‘Yes’ and what will
happen if most voters vote ‘No’.
5.43 We recommend that both Governments should agree a joint position, if
possible, so that voters have access to agreed information about what would
follow the referendum. The alternative - two different explanations - could
cause confusion for voters rather than make things clearer.
5.44 This information would help voters understand what would happen after
the referendum, whatever the outcome, and how any competing claims made
about independence during the campaigns would be resolved.http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/153691/Referendum-on-independence-for-Scotland-our-advice-on-referendum-question.pdf
Those recommendations are working well, aren't they?
Anyway, this is what the Electoral Commission will do:-
Public information: what we will do
5.45 By autumn 2013, we intend to review the state of preparations for the
delivery of the referendum and make a public statement to inform the Scottish
Parliament. We will use this as an opportunity to report on whether or not the
two Governments have been able to agree a joint position on what would
follow the referendum.
5.46 If they have been able to agree a joint position, we will consider whether
that information is appropriate to include in a leaflet about the referendum that
we would expect to send to all households in Scotland, as part of our public
awareness campaign. We have undertaken successful public information
campaigns previously at several elections, including for elections in Scotland
and at the UK and Wales referendums in 2011.
5.47 The leaflet would also contain information about how to register to vote
and how to vote. Our ‘how to vote’ information will include how to vote by post
or in person, including how to complete the ballot paper; and polling station
5.48 We will ensure that the content of our leaflet is subject to rigorous
testing, including with potential voters. The leaflet will be part of our wider
public awareness campaign, including television, press and radio advertising,
all of which would also be subject to user testing.