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People have right to full details of EU implications of SNP plans

July 12, 2012 4:30 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting as the Scottish Information Commissioner notes that the SNP government broke FOI laws by refusing to admit whether EU advice was sought for independent Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrat party spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP said:

"The SNP are asking the people of Scotland to make a very serious, irreversible decision. To choose to leave a nation in the dark on such crucial facts for whatever reason may be seen as underhand.

"This is not the first time that the Information Commissioner has had to issue a serious reprimand to the SNP government, and Scots will be concerned to learn that the SNP government doesn't uphold the same level of transparency that it expects from others.

"The SNP's independence campaign wants everything done on its terms. But people have the right to know the full details immediately, not on SNP say-so.

"The Scottish Liberal Democrats believe in a stronger Scottish parliament, within a United Kingdom. Working together we maintain an influential partnership with the European Union, which accounts for £9.8 billion of our export market."