Responding to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement that the Scottish Government will work to establish a Citizens’ Assembly in Scotland, Chief Executive of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) Anna Fowlie said:

“The First Minister’s commitment to establish a Citizens’ Assembly to forge a way forward on Brexit is a welcome one – and mirrors views SCVO set out last year. Faced with another season of Westminster gamesmanship or a serious discussion about how to take the country forward, the choice is clear. People must be given a chance to shape their own future.

“Citizens’ Assemblies work – and evidence shows they work well. The Scottish Parliament, itself, was born of a Constitutional Convention which drew on an array of voices to help shape decisions in the national interest.

“SCVO looks forward to playing its part in designing and contributing to the new Citizens’ Assembly – ensuring communities, individuals and organisations will have a proper opportunity to constructively voice their opinions on an issue Parliament currently seems unable to handle.”