Scotland will be punished by the UK establishment if we vote No in the independence referendum, independence campaigners have argued at a press conference today.
The Scottish Independence Convention unveiled a new leaflet (pictured) with quotes from David Cameron, Priti Patel MP, Boris Johnson, The Taxpayer’s Alliance, Ruth Davidson, Nigel Farage, a recent YouGov poll of English voters and Piers Morgan, all showing evidence of the direction of travel of the UK’s political establishment and institutions to weaken Scotland’s budget in the event of a No vote.
Lord Jack McConnell, former First Minister, has also said the Barnett Formula will “wither on the vine” in the event of a No vote.
Mike Small, from the Scottish Independence Convention, said:
“The point of this leaflet is to show that a No vote is not a vote for the status quo. There will be uncertainty regardless of the result on September 18th – the difference is there is the potential for things to get better after a yes vote, whilst there is lots of evidence that things will get worse for Scotland after a No vote.”
Robin McAlpine, Director of the Common Weal, said:
“The idea Scotland will be in a strong bargaining position after a No vote is not serious. MP’s in England will have the power to alter Scotland’s relationship with the UK, and not in a good way – the Barnett Formula will go, the statements from various figures in Labour and the Tories in Scotland and England make that clear, and that will only lead to reduced funding in Scotland.
We need to get real about the debate over regional funding in the UK after a No vote. Other regions of the UK have a strong claim for more funding for them. Scotland will be in the weakest political situation of all the regions to make its case after a No vote.
It is a duty of yes campaigners to raise the risks of a No vote. The No campaign have constantly raised what they see as the risks of a Yes vote, but the public have to know that things will get worse for Scotland if they vote No – the evidence is absolutely clear.”
Ivan McKee, Scottish businessman and Business for Scotland representative, said:
“From a business perspective, there is a very worrying danger in the context of a No vote that there will be reduced public spending in Scotland which will have a knock on effect on Scottish businesses. We know that the majority of the austerity measures are still to come. We will not be rewarded for voting No. People need to be aware of this, if we vote No we are vulnerable to English MP’s who we didn’t vote for and who are under pressure from their own constituents to change funding arrangements in the UK.”