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Global interventions show clout Scotland shares as part of UK

June 12, 2014 11:33 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie has said thatWillie RennieWillie Rennie Alex Salmond should listen to the growing chorus of leaders across the world who have expressed concern about the potential break up of the UK.

Speaking in an interview with the BBC this evening, First Minister Alex Salmond criticised Sweden's Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, who last week said a vote for independence would have profound implications for the UK and the EU.

Carl Bildt's comments came days before President Barack Obama said that Scotland's position in the UK ensured the US retained a "strong, robust, united and effective partner."

Commenting, Mr Rennie said:

"Whilst I would not use the word "balkanisation" the message from Carl Bildt and many others on the global stage is clear - Scotland and the UK would be diminished in the world if we separate. We are stronger together. What is foolish is for Alex Salmond to continue his world tour lecturing the world's leaders that they are wrong and only he is right.

"I understand Alex Salmond is passionate about independence but when Bildt, Van Rompuy, Rajoy, Barrroso, Obama and so many more contradict Alex Salmond even he must have second thoughts.

"As part of the UK, Scotland has the best of both worlds with a strong Scottish Parliament and shared clout on the global stage."