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Rennie and Campbell call on SNP to come clean over foreign policy consequences of independence

May 1, 2013 2:33 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

In a joint statement, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie RennieMenzies CampbellMenzies Campbell MSP and Sir Menzies Campbell MP and member of the Foreign Affairs Committee have responded to the Deputy First Minister's comments on the Foreign Affairs Committee report on the implications of Scottish independence.

In her response to the report, Nicola Sturgeon said it had "some constructive aspects", such as on UN membership, but the report was "clearly written from the partisan perspective of a group ingerently opposed to the concept of indepndence."

Mr Rennie and Sir Menzies Campbelll said:

"This is a pick and mix response to a report devised by experts with particular knowledge and experience of these issues. Her accusation that because all the members of the committee are opposed to independence is a disrespectful way to treat the evidence given by these individuals who have such acknowledged expertise.

"Scotland's position in the world is right at the heart of the debate about independence and it is high time that the SNP and Nicola Sturgeon began to provide answers to the important questions which up till now they have ignored or dodged.

"As the committee acknowledged there will be consequences in foreign policy both for Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom. The SNP owe it to all of us to come clean."