Local reaction to blueprint

A number of local businesses and politicians give their reaction to the White Paper on Scottish independence.

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Local reaction to the independence White Paper

"The people of Scotland will be sorely disappointed" says Scottish Conservative leader

Giving her reaction to the launch of Scottish Government White Paper, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson MSP said:

“There is nothing in today’s White Paper to justify the break-up of a country that has been built up over 300 years of shared endeavour.

“In fact, the centrepiece – more childcare for Scottish families – is a promise Alex Salmond could have delivered at any time in the last six years under devolution.

“When it comes to tough questions such as currency, pensions and EU membership, there is a lot of assertion from the SNP, but little in the way of hard facts or possible alternatives.

“The Scottish Government spends little more than two pages in a 650-page document outlining a currency position.

“Even those two pages are riddled with assumptions the SNP is in no position to deliver.

“Scotland has the best of both worlds – a Scottish Parliament taking decisions on issues like health and education, as well as being part of a larger UK and all the economic strength and security that brings.

“The people of Scotland, who have waited a long time to hear Alex Salmond’s detailed answers on what independence would look like, will be sorely disappointed today.

“This is not a White Paper, it’s an SNP manifesto – one full of gaping holes where the costs should be.”

– Ruth Davidson MSP, Leader, Scottish Conservatives

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Local business reaction to independence plans

ITV Border has been speaking to local haulage form John Miller Transport, based in Lockerbie, who have given their reaction to the White Paper.

"From what i have heard this morning, i haven't heard anything in the White Paper which addresses my concerns.

"So at the moment i would still vote no. My main issues are that there would be two currencies which would adversely affect my business. Also what happens to the price of diesel in Scotland would affect my business.

"And if income tax was different and higher in Scotland, would workers who live in England want to come to work for my company?"

– Davie Carson, Director, John Miller transport
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