Your view: Row over Scottish devolution referendum

12/01/12

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The government is calling on Scotland to reject a vote on independence.

At the moment Westminster is involved in a legal row over a referendum.

Prime Minister David Cameron says any vote on independence in Scotland can only be authorised by the UK and that it should carry a simple yes or no on the ballot.

But the SNP leader Alex Salmond wants a second question, nicknamed "devolution max".

It would ask if Scotland should have more powers over things like tax and duties but foreign and defence affairs would remain in the hands of Westminster.

Polls suggest fewer than a third of Scottish people want independence, so the devolution max may seem more attractive to people because it isn't giving up complete independence.

Critics say the devolution max option is the SNP's back up plan because they are likely to lose a simple yes or no vote.

Devolution max would save Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond from embarrassment.

He and his party ultimately want independence but with this option they could argue it's a stepping stone towards their goal.

What do people in Edinburgh think of the second question option?

Darren Downey, 19 (left)

Austin Ross and Darren Downey

"I think nothing of it. I'm not bothered at all.

"Doesn't make a difference what options there are, what the vote is, we'll be stuck in the same place.

"As teenagers we've got nothing to do."

Austin Ross, 17 (right)

"There's no point. They've been going on about this for years, I don't know really know or care what the extra powers would give us."

Farry Mooney

Farry Mooney, 28

"If Alex Salmond wants independence and he's sure we want it, just ask yes or no.

"He knows he's got two years to whip up support but I don't think it'll make a difference."

Stephanie Brown, 24 (right)

Anthony Zaccardeli and Stephanie Brown

"I try and avoid politics but with independence it would be nice to have that for pride.

"I think more people likely to go with third option who aren't sure about completely breaking away."

Anthony Zaccardeli, 24 (left)

"I want independence, but we could suffer with it. It's tough to call.

"I'm not 100% sure about it all, maybe having a second question would be easier."

Julia Murphy, 16 (left)

Julia Murphy and Jodie Dixon

"Most teenagers my age don't get this whole thing really. I personally don't think there should be a vote at all.

"We should stay the way we are. Having more powers doesn't mean anything either. It's greedy."

Jodie Dixon, 16 (right)

"Obviously it sounds good to have more powers but at the end of the day what's the point of it.

"Just so you can say you're powerful? We will not make it on our own."