I would like to join Lord Smith himself in the preface to his report. He said: “This agreement is in itself an unprecedented achievement. It called on all parties to compromise. In some cases, this meant delegating greater powers than they had previously promised, while for other parties, accepting the outcome would fall short of their ultimate ambitions. It shows that our political leaders, as difficult as they are, can come together, work together and agree among themselves. The agreement also mentioned a number of areas where non-legislative measures were needed. Discussions are ongoing on the agreement on a new financial framework for Scotland and on work to strengthen intergovernmental work. The attached table contains an update of other such areas, including the Agreement of Memoranda of Understanding concerning the BBC and the Maritime and Coast Guard Agency. The cause of Home Rule has been at the heart of Scottish politics since Gladstone`s time. This agreement offers a modern plan for Scottish Home Rule with our strong UK. Home Rule for Scotland can open the door to constitutional reform for the whole of the UK. Lord Smith was assisted by a secretariat seconded by the two governments and the Scottish Parliament.
One of my colleagues described the company as a business creation: bald walls, cables that snake everywhere, propulsion, concentration and teamwork. Brian Taylor, the BBC`s Scottish political editor, captured the atmosphere of his blog about the deal well. Lord Smith has convened cross-party discussions with a view to reaching agreement on proposals for devolution to Scotland. This process has been thorough and extensive. Party representatives were drawn from the five main Scottish political parties; the first time all five have participated in a decentralization process. The SNP won 56 of the 59 seats contested in Scotland in the 2015 UK general election on 7th May 2015. After the election, Premier Nicola Sturgeon called for more important reforms than Smith`s proposed, including tax and welfare reforms.  Former Prime Minister Jack McConnell described Smith as a “pile of debris” and called on Cameron to preside over a new constitutional convention.  Malcolm Rifkind, former Secretary of State for Scotland, also expressed support for the idea of some sort of new Commission.
 In response, Mr. Cameron said he would “look into” all proposals for additional powers for Scotland, but wanted to implement the Smith Commission`s plans first.  The Advocate General made a statement before the House of Lords following the publication of the Smith Commission Agreement. . . .