Yes Scotland welcomes expert report on economic blueprint
Welcoming the report by the Fiscal Commission’s Working Group on the design of a macroeconomic framework for an independent Scotland, Blair Jenkins, Chief Executive of Yes Scotland, said today:
"This is a detailed and well-researched report by a group of very eminent and internationally-acclaimed economists and is a major contribution to the independence debate.
"The report confirms that Scotland is a wealthy and productive country and has the capacity and potential to be a successful independent nation with a robust financial model from day one of independence.
"Like the Electoral Commission, the Fiscal Commission is calling for detailed talks between the Scottish and UK Governments before the referendum about the process that will follow a vote in favour of independence and it is important that David Cameron now agrees to this.
"Westminster isn't working for Scotland. With a Yes vote in 2014, the people of Scotland have the opportunity to choose confidently a different path to a better, fairer and more prosperous future."
Following publication of the UK Government's paper on the legal implications of independence and, in particular, on the opinion of Professors James Crawford and Alan Boyle, Mr Jenkins said: "There is a great deal of legal opinion to support the common sense conclusion that an independent Scotland will continue to be a valuable and valued member of the EU.
"A growing list of eminent legal experts, including Scotland’s most pre-eminent authority on EU law, Professor Sir David Edward, a former judge on the European Court of Justice, have said that an independent Scotland's continued membership of the EU is beyond question.
"It is clear that this is not so much a matter of law but one of common sense. As Professor James Crawford, one of the authors of the Westminster Government's report, said on radio this morning, there is no suggestion that Scotland's membership of the EU, UN or any other international body would be difficult.
"Professor Crawford has also made it clear that he agrees with our position that Scotland would be negotiating its continuing membership of the EU from within, and not outside, the EU."
A new and better path forward for Scotland has been set out as the Scottish Government unveiled Scotland’s Future, its vision of an independent Scotland, in Glasgow today.
The Scottish Government has published a detailed document on the opportunities open to an independent Scotland to create jobs, build a more balanced and sustainable economy and make full use of its key assets and resources.
Aberdeen and the North-East will have its position as an economic powerhouse fully recognised and cherished in an independent Scotland, Yes Scotland's chief executive, Blair Jenkins, declared tonight.
With a Yes vote next year we can unlock Scotland's vast wealth and resources and make sure they deliver more for the people living in Scotland, Yes Scotland's Chief Executive, Blair Jenkins, said today at the 2013 Rally for Scottish Independence in Edinburgh.