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16 Oct 2023

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Meeting Room 5, First Floor, The Event Complex Aberdeen (TECA)

Devolution and the Union

If Scotland became independent, the nation would face some fundamental questions about the operation of its political system. It would need a new constitution; which the Scottish government proposes should be a written one, enshrining key rights and principles. And it would need to decide whether to re-join the EU, in line with the SNP’s position, with implications for the operation of the government, the role of the courts and parliamentary scrutiny.

The event would seek to answer some of the following key questions:

• What would the process for agreeing a codified constitution look like?

• How would popular sovereignty work in practice?

• How could a new constitution command cross-party and public consensus?

• How should the constitution be changed?

• Should Scotland re-join the EU? Should Scotland hold a referendum?

• What would re-joining the EU mean for Scotland and its political system?

• What can we learn from other countries?

This event will be taking place in the conference secure zone.


(Chair) Jill Rutter

(Chair) Jill Rutter


Jamie Hepburn

Jamie Hepburn

Minister for Independence of Scotland

Anand Menon

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Jess Sargeant

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