Cole-Hamilton: Indyref legal advice shows minsters “are at it”
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats
Responding to the news that the Scottish Government has finally accepted the ruling of the Scottish Information Commissioner and published some legal advice around a second independence referendum, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:
"The SNP/Green government is devoting its focus, top civil servants and tens of millions of pounds to independence so the very least it can do is share basic information. This advice is silent on all of the central legal questions.
"The Scottish Government are at it. What the public want to know is whether the Scottish Government has legal advice on holding a referendum without a Section 30 Order and by refusing to publish that they are mocking freedom of information legislation.
"NHS waiting lists are longer than ever before, public services are on the brink and we are experiencing the biggest hit to living standards since the end of rationing. Ministers obsessing over independence is the last thing everyone needs.
"It's time to get Scotland back on its feet and move on from the division that has held people back for so long. Let's lay aside talk of an independence referendum and get to grips with what matters right now."