On this page you can find updates on our views on proposals for the referendum and links to all the statements we have issued so far. We will update this page as and when new details are available.
14 June 2013 – Briefing on political literacy and the Scottish Referendum
This briefing provides information on sources of information and guidance for anyone interested in developing young people’s political literacy around the referendum on independence for Scotland.
Our advice on the referendum question and spending limits
On 30 January 2013, we published our views on the Scottish Government’s proposed independence referendum question. We also set out our advice on what campaign spending limits at the referendum should be.
Our advice on the proposed referendum question
We recommended that the referendum question be amended to "Should Scotland be an independent country? Yes/No"
The question we were asked to assess was: "Do you agree that Scotland should be an independent country?"
You can read our full report and find out more below:
Our advice on campaign spending limits for the referendum
We set our detailed advice to the Scottish Government on the spending limits for campaigners at the referendum. You can read our full report and find out more below:
You can view minutes from discussions about the independence referendum at Board meetings held on 16 and 24 January 2013. Various Board papers that were prepared for discussion at those meetings are also available.
Our views on a referendum on independence for Scotland
9 January 2013 – Our response to Scottish Government proposals for a Referendum Franchise (Scotland) Bill
On 7 December 2012 the Scottish Government invited us to give comments on their policy proposal and initial draft bill for extending the franchise to 16 and 17 year olds at the referendum.
15 October 2012 – Referendum agreement
We issued a statement in response to the referendum agreement between the Scottish Government and the UK Government.
25 July 2012 – Note to Scottish Affairs Committee
At a recent evidence session the Scottish Affairs Committee invited our views on the issues that campaigners would need to consider if they wish to set up voluntary arrangements for disclosing information about funding and/or spending before the start of the referendum period.
11 July 2012 – Statement on Scottish referendum question assessment
Responding to a proposal from the three main opposition parties in Scotland that the Electoral Commission should assess a question submitted to it by a panel of experts we issued the following statement:
11 May 2012 – Statement on Scottish Government's referendum announcement
On Friday 11 May, the Scottish Government put out a press release on the Commission’s role at the Scottish referendum following its consultation on the proposed referendum.
8 March 2012 – Response to Scottish and UK Government’s consultations on the Scottish referendum
We published a single response to the consultation papers on a Scottish referendum from the UK Government (Scotland’s constitutional future) and the Scottish Government (Your Scotland, Your Referendum).
25 January 2012 – Our response to the Scottish Government launching their consultation on the Scottish referendum
On 25 January the Scottish Government launched their consultation on the Scottish referendum (Your Scotland, Your Referendum). Read our response below:
10 January 2012 – Our response to the UK Government's announcement on the Scottish referendum
We responded to the UK Government's announcement on the Scottish referendum with the following statement: