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Moore: Both governments want to make referendum work

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Scottish Secretary Michael Moore and Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon met in Edinburgh today to discuss the independence referendum. Following…

Scottish Secretary Michael Moore and Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon met in Edinburgh today to discuss the independence referendum.

Following the meeting Michael Moore said:

“We had a very constructive set of discussions. The two governments want to make this work and we are now engaging in the detail.

“We are upping the pace and working through the tough issues.”

A spokesman for the Scotland Office said:

“Today’s meeting made progress.  All the significant issues are now under discussion. Ministers reviewed good progress made by officials towards a common understanding of issues such as the role of the Electoral Commission and ensuring that the Scottish Parliament has the power to legislate to provide for public broadcasts by the campaigns.  There was a helpful discussion on a range of issues and agreement on further work that requires to be done.  The Deputy First Minister and the Secretary of State agreed to meet again next Wednesday in London. We still expect a meeting between the Prime Minister and the First Minister within the next few weeks.”