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SNP should come clean on secret independence costs

March 6, 2013 5:03 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting as details of a leaked SNP Government paper onWillie RennieWillie Rennie the economic position of an independent Scotland come to light, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said:

"This buried document blows a hole in the SNP's independence spending promises. The hidden analysis of an independent Scotland's finances by the SNP's own finance secretary reveals the true cost to Scots of the nationalists' plans.

"Publicly, the SNP talk about protecting the public sector after independence but behind closed doors they concede that public sector job cuts could be necessary to keep costs down.

"Even setting up something as fundamental as a tax collection system for an independent Scotland could cost us twice as much as Scotland's share of HMRC costs as part of the UK.

"The sums don't add up. After the publication of this secret document, the SNP should tell us publicly what they admit privately."