‘YES’ VOTE ONLY WAY FOR SCOTLAND TO ACHIEVE MORE POWERS
“NORTHERN IRELAND FIRST MINISTER COMMENTS LET CAT OUT OF BAG”
The SNP today highlighted comments by Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson that the treatment of the province by David Cameron shows that the only way for Scotland to achieve more powers is to vote ‘Yes’ in next year’s referendum.
Following a meeting with David Cameron – where the Prime Minister refused to devolve corporation tax to Northern Ireland, deferring the issue until after the Scottish independence referendum – Mr Robinson said:
“What, effectively, you are saying to the people of Scotland is that if you want more fiscal autonomy than you have at the present time, the only way to have it is through independence.”
Stewart Hosie MP, the SNP’s Westminster Treasury spokesperson, said:
“This is a monumental misjudgement by the UK government – and Mr Robinson’s comments have let the cat out of the bag.
“Westminster’s failure to deliver devolution of corporation tax to Northern Ireland shows how empty the promises of more powers for Scotland from the anti-independence parties are.
“Within 24 hours, Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson’s vague remarks about more powers after a No vote have been exposed for the nonsense they are. The promise of more devolution was given and then broken in 1979 – instead we got Margaret Thatcher, deindustrialisation, and the Poll Tax. Make no mistake – the anti-independence parties in the No campaign are up to their same tricks now.
“Mr Robinson’s remarks have helped to make matters crystal clear – a ‘Yes’ vote for independence next September is the guaranteed way to achieve the economic and welfare powers that Scotland needs to build a strong economy and fair society.”