First Minister must stop campaign of obfuscation


Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has called on Alex Salmond to stop his campaign of obfuscation and be honest with people about the impact of his independence plans on the cost of living.

 

The call comes after B&Q boss Sir Ian Cheshire told Sky News that if Scotland voted to leave the UK it would almost certainly mean higher costs for consumers as more complex markets often mean passing higher costs on to consumers.

Speaking from Fort William, where he is on his second day of the Highland Fling tour, Mr Rennie said:

"These are sensible and serious remarks from the boss of B&Q. Splitting our single market into two with different rules and regulations ultimately creates more cost.

"Sir Ian Cheshire is right to warn that it is consumers who would feel the brunt of the impact of independence both in terms of the uncertainty over currency and the increased costs which come from working across borders. Alex Salmond must stop his campaign of obfuscation and be honest with people about the impact his independence plans would have on our daily cost of living.

"Ultimately, independence is an irreversible risk we do not need to take. Consumers can have the best of both worlds as part of the UK single market. We can enjoy the benefits of being part of something bigger whilst having the tools we need to boost jobs and growth."


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