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The Crimean referendum - a comparison with the Scottish referendum

 
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Is the referendum supported by all the parties involved?
The referendum in Crimea is against the Ukranian Constitution and condemned by the Ukranian Prime Minister and acting President. The Scottish referendum is supported by the UK Government and the devolved Scottish Government.
Who will supervise the vote?
In Crimea, voters will vote whilst being watched by heavily armed soldiers from an invading army. In Scotland, the vote will be supervised by the independent elections watchdog — The Electoral Commission.

The Crimean referendum — a comparison with the Scottish referendum

Has the referendum been planned properly?
In Crimea, the referendum has been organised in three weeks, during a time of significant national unrest, without the support of the democratically elected national government. The Scottish referendum has been organised over two years with support from the UK Government.
Have both sides been able to make their case?
Not in Crimea — the Opposition media has been switched off. In Scotland, both sides have engaged in a lively debate, played out across the free press.
Does the international community recognise the referendum as legal?
Absolutely not in Crimea. The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and G7 have both been clear that this referendum would be illegal and illegitimate. The Scottish referendum is internationally recognised and endorsed. Both the UK Government and the devolved Scottish Government have agreed to respect the outcome.