Gordon Brown has set out proposals for a united Scotland after the historic referendum returned a No result and pledged that the promises made on further devolution would be delivered.
As political wrangling in Westminster continued over his successor’s plans for sweeping constitutional reform across the United Kingdom, Brown said: “There is a time to fight but there is a time to unite and this is the time for Scotland to unite and see if it can find common purpose and move from the battle ground to the common ground and let us seek to find high ground in trying to find a way forward for the future.”
The former prime minister, whose intervention in the referendum campaign has been credited with helping to secure a No vote, added: “I am sure we can find ways to unify against the odds.
“Today I want to set out proposals that might be discussed across the country that might unite this country around a set of common causes we can all endorse, Yes and No campaigners.
“The eyes of the world have been upon us and now I think the eyes of the world are on the leaders of the major parties of the United Kingdom. These are men who have been promise makers and they will not be promise breakers.
“I will ensure that as a promise keeper that these promises that have been made will be upheld.
“We will lock in today the promises that have been made and why the timetable we set out will be delivered. Action has already been taken to make sure that happens.”
Ed Miliband has side-stepped the issue of constitutional change, saying the issue matters – but is not the priority for most voters.
Prime Minister David Cameron says all parts of the UK should have more powers after the independence referendum in Scotland, but Mr Miliband says the process is being rushed.
His comments come after former prime minister Gordon Brown said he was “utterly convinced” powers for Scotland would be delivered following the No vote.
But speaking ahead of the Labour Party conference in Manchester, Mr Miliband said: “The last few months have been about keeping our country together. The next eight months will be about how we can change our country together.