When addressing questions around the Scottish referendum, the PMS said that Scotland was facing its most important questions for many years, which would have irreversible consequences. The PM had been asked to deliver a referendum and had agreed with the Scottish Government that there should be a single question, it would take place before the end of 2014 and that the Scottish Government would be given power to allow 16 and 17 year olds to vote. The agreement was specific to the referendum and the Government had no plans to extend the vote to 16 and 17 year olds on any other vote. The PM had made it clear he wanted an earlier referendum date, but did not want it to be a barrier to the agreement. The Scottish Government had committed to setting a referendum question with advice from the Electoral Commission. It should be up to the Scottish people to decide their future and the PM had been clear on the importance and benefits of the Union. Answering a question on the upcoming referendum campaign, the PMS said that the idea of a television debate with Alex Salmond had not been raised and there were no plans to stage one.
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