First Minister cannot keep Scotland in the dark on currency plan B


Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie MSP has said that people would not forgive a First Minister who put his political strategy ahead of their right to make their own minds up about the future of Scotland.

In an article for the Sunday Herald today, First Minister Alex Salmond refused to set out his
plan B for currency, stating "it's our pound and we're keeping it."

Commenting, Mr Rennie said:

"With full self-righteous indignation Alex Salmond says he does not want second best for Scotland. He implies that others don't want the best for Scotland. I do want the best and it's why I reject his plan for independence. It is certainly not in the best interests of the people of Scotland to be kept in the dark on Alex Salmond's currency plan B. Scotland needs all the facts to hand in order to make an informed decision.

"Experts and evidence all make clear that a formal currency union between an independent Scotland and the UK would not be in anyone's interest. It would not happen. So the reality is that Alex Salmond has to tell people what option he would turn to.

"Each option - a separate pound, the euro and so on - comes with it's own risks and uncertainties. The only option Alex Salmond seems to be flirting with, Sterlingisation, has been ruled out by his own advisors. People would not forgive a First Minister who willingly put his own political strategy ahead of their democratic right to make their own minds up. Alex Salmond should stop confusing his ambitions with the ambitions of the people of Scotland and set out his plan B."


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