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Flirting with SNP may lead us to divorce

December 5, 2011 1:43 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Willie Rennie, Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, has said that the most recent poll on separation must act as the "short, sharp wake-up call" to people who do not believe in independence but have backed the SNP in the past.

Willie Rennie MSPWillie Rennie MSPScottish businessmen and thousands of Scottish voters backed the SNP in May despite not believing in the SNP's core ideology.

The most recent poll on separation said 65% of people would split Scotland from the rest of the UK if it was guaranteed that they would be £500 better off as a result.

Mr Rennie is now encouraging people who flirted with the SNP in May to ask searching questions of SNP MSPs about the true costs of independence.

Commenting, Mr Rennie said:

"This poll will be a short, sharp wake-up call for people across Scotland who voted for the SNP without believing in its core principle.

"Independence is closer than they thought. The threat is real, the danger is growing and in the best interests of Scotland it is time to pull back from the brink.

"I encourage those who have flirted with the SNP to enter the debate and put pressure on their SNP MSPs to answer the questions Liberal Democrats and others have been asking for a very long time.

"People will not settle for the politics of assertion and wishful thinking of the SNP. The situation is far more serious than that, securing Scotland's future is at stake."