Green Yes, the Scottish Green Party’s campaign for a Yes vote in the independence referendum, is highlighting the panic within the No campaign as proof of how disconnected the UK political parties are from the Scottish electorate.
Patrick Harvie, Green MSP for Glasgow and Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, said:
“This referendum has been coming since 2011 yet with less than ten days to go only now do the UK’s political leaders spring in action, with the attempted hoisting of a flag.
“Cameron, Clegg and Miliband’s actions demonstrate the very disconnect from Scotland’s politics that is motivating so many people to vote Yes. For huge numbers of Yes voters this has nothing to do with flags or identity, and everything to do with building an accountable democracy, a more equal society, and ending the austerity endorsed by all three of these men.”
On Labour MP Gordon Brown’s suggestion of further devolution, Mr Harvie said: “None of the extra powers apparently on offer would allow us to speak for ourselves on the world stage, or reject weapons of mass destruction in our waters, or hold unelected power to account. Scots have a chance to forge a new political culture, not just in Scotland, but across these islands. A Yes vote is the way to achieve that.”
Responding to the comments of Douglas Alexander MP and others in the No Campaign talking up the impact of a Yes vote on financial markets, Sir George Mathewson, former Chairman and Chief Executive, Royal Bank of Scotland plc said:
‘The shareprices of the major Scottish public companies have actually risen by an average of 4.9pc compared to a 3.7pc ftse rise since the peak of No Campaign support in September 2013. Over that period, more and more voters have moved to Yes as the polls tighten. This data includes the latest increases in share prices today as it became clear the weekend’s You Gov poll was no flash in the pan.
‘The No Campaign’s scaremongering is derisory, damaging and desperate. This is a time for common sense to replace the politicking of Westminster politicians.
‘Scotland choosing to determine its own future is a very sound proposition not just for people here but for the wider British economy and the financial markets.’
Better Together claimed that the cost of separation became clear today, as the eyes of the world put the nationalists’ plans for separation under intense scrutiny.
Today the Daily Telegraph reports that Japan’s biggest bank, Nomura, has advised clients to reduce financial exposure to the UK and be prepared for sterling to collapse.
The Telegraph also reports comments from representatives of SLI Macro Partners, New York Mellon, France’s SNP Paribas and Deutsche Bank.
Further to this today the international bank Credit Suisse has produced a report that warns of the risks of separation.
The report states that a separate Scotland would fall into a deep recession.
These interventions come after a day of chaos on the markets as the cost of separation became real:
- The value of the pound fell to its lowest level in ten months
- Scottish firms, employing over 40,000 people in Scotland, over £2 billion in value
- The price of a barrel of oil fell below $100 for the first time in sixteen months
Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander said:
“With days until the biggest decision in our history, the eyes of the world are upon Scotland.
“On Monday the markets reacted to the very real threat of separation. We saw the value of our currency fall and billions wiped off the value of our Scottish companies. The cost of separation is real, and it would hurt every family in Scotland.
“Now we see global investors advise their clients about the cost to them of separation, and a report from one of the world’s most respected banks report that separation would cost Scotland dear – in lost jobs, falling wages and huge public spending cuts to our NHS, our schools, our pensions and our welfare state.
“This is not an election where we can change our mind in 4 years. This is not try before you buy. This is forever.
“We need to know what currency we would use. We need to know how we would fund our NHS and our pensions. The nationalists are risking the future of every Scottish family by not being honest about the consequences of their plans. They cannot continue to mislead and misdirect. We need honest answers, and we need them now.
“Separation is a risk we simply do not have to take. There is a better way to make a better nation. We can have what the majority of Scots want – more powers for Scotland with a clear delivery plan now in place, without taking on all of the risks of independence. It’s the best of both worlds. We should say No Thanks to separation on 18 September”
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