Nicola Sturgeon questions likelihood of additional powers after No vote

Deputy First Minister and Yes Scotland Advisory Board member Nicola Sturgeon today questioned the possibility of additional powers for the Scottish Parliament in the event of a No vote.

In the first major independence speech of 2014, Ms Sturgeon also said that this year's referendum is "not between change and no change" and asked people in Scotland to consider the consequences of a No vote.

Read the full speech here

There are many questions that need to be answered by the No campaign
What new powers is the Scottish Parliament guaranteed to get if we vote No?
Will the Barnett formula be retained for the long term?

Speaking in St Andrews, she said: "There are many questions that need to be answered by the No campaign. They deserve to be answered - not for my benefit, but for yours. To enable you to make an informed decision.

"Let me pose just a few: What new powers is the Scottish Parliament guaranteed to get if we vote No - given that there is no consensus on this within the various anti-independence parties, let alone between them? Will the Barnett formula be retained for the long term? Or will the demands from politicians in all of the UK parties for it to be reviewed or scrapped lead to a cut in Scotland's budget?"

She added: "It is important to remember that the referendum is not a choice between change and no change. It is about choosing the kind of change we want for Scotland and who we want to be in the driving seat of it - ourselves or Westminster.

"It is a choice between two futures. That means that the consequences of both a Yes vote and No vote need to be considered carefully. And that means both the Yes and the No campaigns have an obligation to inform"

The Deputy First Minister also challenged the No campaign to publish its equivalent of the White Paper during her speech at St Andrews University.

 

 

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