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The Tories are reheating their arguments for English votes for English laws. We should all be very worried

Live blog: Wednesdays Scottish referendum developments

On the assumption that Scotland narrowly votes to remain in the UK which still seems like the most likely outcome, though you never know get ready for a great outpouring of Tory noise. In response to the three main parties panicked embrace of increased powers for Scotland which remain somewhat unclear, even if youre being kind the early rumblings are already upon us: one Tory backbencher has warned of a Conservative bloodbath as and when parliament votes on plans for increased Scottish devolution, while other Tories are reheating their arguments for Westminster business that applies only to England being the exclusive preserve of English MPs, aka English votes for English laws.

Yesterday, David Cameron pushed things along, acknowledging that boosting Holyroods status would reopen big questions for England, and making reference to last years report by the McKay commission a plan that offered a somewhat underwhelming vision of compromise rather than conflict, but set out a future in which: Decisions taken in the Commons which have a separate and distinct effect for England (or England-and-Wales) would largely be taken only with the consent of a majority of MPs sitting for constituencies in England (or England-and-Wales).

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