"Golden Opportunity" For New Independence Case

12 Jul 2016

The former chief civil servant at the Treasury, Sir Nicholas Macpherson has said that the case for Scottish independence has been bolstered in the wake of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union (EU).


Writing in the Financial Times, the erstwhile Treasury chief — formerly a prominent critic of independence — said the UK’s decision to leave the EU “changes terms of debate north of the border” and that an “independent Scotland committed to the EU would have an extraordinary opportunity to attract inward investment as well as highly skilled migrants”. 


He called it “a golden opportunity for proponents of Scottish independence to reappraise their economic prospects”.


Commenting, Kenneth Gibson said:


“This is a truly remarkable conversion from the chief architect of the Treasury’s anti-independence stance. 


“It is a significant reflection upon how fundamentally things have changed following the EU referendum, in which Scotland voted to continue within the EU but still faces the prospect of being taken out of Europe.


“As Sir Nicholas outlined, continuing EU membership allows Scotland to still have access to the world’s biggest market and the many benefits that brings. Which is why First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has taken swift action to explore all options to ensure our future within Europe is protected. 


“There are very many people who hadn’t before been convinced about independence who are now opening up to the opportunities it brings for Scotland.”


"The case for Scottish independence looks stronger post-Brexit” by Nicholas Macpherson can be viewed here

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