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Less assertion and more fact needed in debate over Scotland's future

April 15, 2012 2:33 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting as the SNP outline what it believes to be the economic strengths of an independent Scotland, Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie MSP said:

Willie Rennie MSPWillie Rennie MSP"The question has never been if Scotland can be independent, but rather if we would be better off splitting from the rest of the UK.

"The volatility of the oil and gas markets makes it very difficult to predict what the future will bring. There are no guarantees in this, only SNP assertions.

"One example of this is the SNP's claim that Scotland would be the sixth richest country in the world.

"These are SNP figures, not OECD fact, and they fail to heed the statements made by senior economists that point out that much of Scotland's oil-generated gross domestic product does not stay in the country but instead forms the profits of overseas oil firms.

"This would mean that for SNP figures to be correct then the oil industry would have to be nationalised, and I have not heard any nationalist float that possibility in recent years."

"We need more than just assertion in the debate over Scotland's future but with the SNP we rarely get it."