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Summary

This Constitution asserts the right of the people of Scotland to govern themselves as a constitutional democracy whereby members of Parliament remain at all times primarily accountable to the electorate and the terms of this Constitution; specifies the sovereignty of the people over the territories and natural resources of Scotland; details the qualifications for citizenship and residency visas; qualifications for voting in elections.

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15 Aug 2020 - 31 Dec 2021

The adoption of European standards of human rights into the constitution; prohibition of discrimination; the rights and obligations of citizenship; the right to life and dignity; the right to free quality healthcare at the point of need; the right to free education up to secondary level and beyond on the basis of qualification.

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15 Aug 2020 - 31 Dec 2021

Following Independence, a national referendum will decide the hereditary or elected status of the Head of State; the role and duties of the Head of State in the parliamentary and public life.

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15 Aug 2020 - 31 Dec 2021

The nature and organisation of the unicameral Parliament; the number of members and constituencies; the electoral system of proportional representation; the Council of Ministers and administration of government within the terms of the constitution; eligibility, training and qualifications, life experience and restrictions to be an MP, remuneration and expenses; the election and duties of the Presiding Officer, the appointment of bodies to manage the fabric and effective administration of Parliament.

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15 Aug 2020 - 31 Dec 2021

The law-making powers of Parliament, the procedures for scrutiny and enactment of legislation; commissions of enquiry powers to summon evidence; the conduct of Parliament and disciplinary powers.

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15 Aug 2020 - 31 Dec 2021

The procedures leading to the recall of an MP; the protocols for the initiation and management of Constitutional Referendums and for the initiation of a public petition to the government.

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15 Aug 2020 - 31 Dec 2021

The structure and composition of the Executive; restrictions on external or commercial interests; the transparency and registration of lobbyists; the creation of non-government organisations; requirement of a referendum for entering the major obligations, treaties or transfer of governmental powers granted under this Constitution.

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15 Aug 2020 - 31 Dec 2021

The focus and direction of economic policy under this Constitution; the introduction and management of the national currency in all its forms and free of debt is an exclusive monopoly guaranteed by the State; the scope and responsibilities of the Central Bank of Scotland; the rules regarding National Debt and the regulation of banking and financial corporations. The powers of the State to impose and collect taxes equitably and within the framework of a responsible budget.

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15 Aug 2020 - 31 Dec 2021

The structure, powers and obligations of a fully independent Judiciary; the Courts.

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15 Aug 2020 - 31 Dec 2021

Amendments to the Constitution will require a two-thirds majority vote in parliament followed by a public referendum achieving a two-thirds majority vote.

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15 Aug 2020 - 31 Dec 2021

The requirement for auditing Government departments and public bodies; open oversight of broadcasting, Freedom of Information and the provision of Ombudsman services.

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15 Aug 2020 - 31 Dec 2021

Two Tier Local Authority, Responsibilities, Elections and qualification of Regional and Burgh Councillors; Funding, Remuneration, Boundaries; Citizen referendums and Recall.

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15 Aug 2020 - 31 Dec 2021

Making provision for truly independent commissions and commissioners to investigate and rule on matters of public concern; the provision of a training course introducing new members and councillors to the skills and responsibilities of public office.

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15 Aug 2020 - 31 Dec 2021

Recognising the need for effective and considerate use of Natural Resources, Land Registration, Environment and Wildlife protection.

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15 Aug 2020 - 31 Dec 2021

Law Enforcement and Police, Prohibition of Death Penalty, National Security, Maritime Protection Agency, Conventional Armed Forces, Emergency Powers, participation in joint International humanitarian or military initiatives; Diplomatic and Consular Service: prohibition of nuclear, biological or chemical weapons.

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15 Aug 2020 - 31 Dec 2021

Participation phases

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15 Aug 2020 - 31 Dec 2021

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