LONDON, October 15. - The British Prime Ministerand First Minister of Scotland, , in Edinburgh today signed a historic agreement that will allow the holding of a referendum on Scottish independence in 2014.
The agreement, which sets out the terms for the Scottish Parliament to organize the plebiscite, was signed by the two leaders in the House called St. Andrews, home of the Scottish regional government.
The signing of this agreement will give way to the most important constitutional decision to take the call from the Scottish Act of Union of 1707, which is joined Scotland to England. Under the agreement reached today, the plebiscite will be held before the end of 2014 and will contain a single question: whether or not in favor of Scotland leaving the UK.
In addition, both parties have agreed to extend the voting age and make it from age 16, two years below the legal voting age in the whole UK. Under the agreement, London and Edinburgh have pledged to accept the result of the query, whether favorable or not to independence, and work for the Scots.
The central government will allow the Scottish Parliament on this occasion have the power to take charge of the legal aspects of the referendum, as under the 1998 Act which led to the Scottish autonomy any constitutional change is direct competition of Westminster Parliament (London).
Thus the Holyrood Parliament must approve the relevant legislation set date of the plebiscite, the content of the question and how will the campaign for the referendum. "Governments have agreed that the referendum must meet the highest standards of fairness, transparency and propriety" reads the agreement signed by the two politicians in the Scottish capital.