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Should the whole UK vote on Scottish independence?


Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond, who won a landslide victory in the parliamentary elections last week, says Scots are now ready to vote for independence, and has promised to hold a referendum.

But who should take part in the referendum? Tim Luckhurst, professor of journalism at Kent University, told John Humphrys that the UK was a "joint venture" which should not be thrown away without a vote across the country.

"Why would it be unusual or undemocratic to allow people who are citizens of the UK to vote on the future of the UK," he said.

"If Scotland leaves the Union, that is the end of the UK. Surely that is a matter of concern to everyone in the UK".

But Joan McAlpine of the Scottish National Party, who won a seat in the Scottish assembly last week, was not impressed by the proposal.

"The future of Scotland is for the people of Scotland to decide," she said.

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