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"Yes" campaign target Labour voters in Dumfries

Those campaigning for Scotland's independence have been canvassing in Dumfries
Those campaigning for Scotland's independence have been canvassing in Dumfries Credit: ITV Border

The "Yes" campaign have been in Locharbriggs in Dumfries as they target voters from Labour's traditional heartlands.

Those campaigning for Scotland's independence in September's referendum believe that many voters who traditionally would vote Labour are switching to the "Yes" side.

But the Scottish Labour Party say that only a Labour Government in Westminster can provide jobs and prosperity, which would be threatened by a 'yes' vote.

"We know that a lot of Labour voters are moving towards 'yes' because they don't like the socially divisive policies of Westminster Governments. The Tory's have got £25 billion of cuts still to come and Labour have said that they are going to mirror that. "So what ever Government we vote for we are going to get these cuts from Westminster and so housing estates like Locharbriggs we've got a lot of support here because of that."

– Joan McAlpine, MSP. Scottish National Party




SNP accuses Chancellor of 'bullying tactics'

The treasury spokesman of the Scottish National Party accused the Chancellor of "bullying tactics" today, after reports that the main Westminster parties would refuse a currency union in the event of a vote for Scottish independence.

Chancellor George Osborne and the No campaign are resorting to bullying tactics, the SNP said. Credit: PA Wire

Speaking on the BBC's Radio 4 Today programme, Stewart Hosie said a refusal to reach a deal on using the pound sterling could result in Scotland not accepting a share of the UK's national debt. He said:

"The UK Government themselves two weeks ago when they made their announcement said that the debt was UK debt and they had to honour it.

Now we are perfectly happy to service and pay our share of that but the discussions on the liabilities, including the national debt, go hand in glove with the assets, which includes the Bank of England and a currency union. And George Osborne can't have it both ways.

"It's bullying, it's panic in the No campaign, it's utterly bizarre and it will backfire."


Scotland 'would not need permission to use pound'

Scotland would not need permission to continue using the pound despite the Chancellor's view on the issue, and could continue with the currency in the same way countries like Panama and Ecuador use the US dollar, Sam Bowman from the Adam Smith Institute said today.

An independent Scotland would not need England’s permission to continue using the pound sterling, and in fact would be better off using the pound without such permission.

There is very little that an English government would actually be able to do to stop Scottish people from continuing to use the pound sterling if they wanted to.

Scotland’s position would be closer to that of countries like Panama, Ecuador and El Salvador, which use the US Dollar without American “permission”, and, according to research by the Federal Reserve of Atlanta, consequentially have far more prudent and stable financial systems than if they were part of a formal currency union.

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