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Thurso: SNP still have big questions to answer on economics of independence

April 10, 2013 12:08 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat MP John Thurso has expressed concern after aJohn ThursoJohn Thurso report from a House of Lords Committee on the economics of independence concluded that elements of the SNP's plans were 'entirely fanciful'.

The report from the House of Lord's Economic Affairs Committee considered the potential economic impact of Scottish Independence on the economies of Scotland and the rest of the UK.

Mr Thurso, a member of the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee, has called on the SNP to change the way that they are approaching the independence debate.

Commenting, John Thurso MP said:

'Members of the House of Lords are not prone to hyperbole so the fact that the Committee described elements of the SNP's plans as 'entirely fanciful' is concerning.

'This report would suggest that either the SNP have their heads buried in the sand over what the true implications of separation could be, or they are saying one thing in public and another in private on what a Yes vote would mean for Scotland. Either way, we need to see a change in the way that they are approaching the debate.

'What is clear is that the SNP still have big questions to answer on the economy, on currency, on public spending in an independent Scotland and debt and oil revenues. Bluster and rhetoric simply will not cut it and Scotland deserves better.'