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A Stronger Scotland within the UK


The Scottish Liberal Democrats are leading the campaign for a stronger Scotland as part of the UK.

On September 18th, Scottish voters will go to the polls to decide whether Scotland should remain part of the UK or become an independent country.

Liberal Democrats believe that Scotland and the rest of the UK can achieve more when we work together. Our family of nations has worked together successfully for over 300 years.

Saying ‘no thanks’ to independence means yes to a stronger Scottish Parliament without gambling with the positive things we share as part of the UK.

Three good reasons for the UK:

Sharing risk: Staying in the UK means sharing risk together with people from Liverpool to Manchester and everyone else in the UK. It's a family of nations which shares in good times and in bad.

Sharing progress: Liberal Democrats are delivering lower taxes, higher pensions, better childcare and more jobs. And the economy is now on the right track thanks to the decisions made by Lib Dems in government. Taking Scotland out of the UK means gambling with that progress.

Protecting the benefits of the UK: With the UK we keep the pound, share risks, protect pensions and have a strong national defence. Leaving the UK means losing the pound, less trade with the UK, risking our membership terms in the European Union and so much more.

‘No thanks’ to independence means yes to more jobs, yes to safer pensions, yes to the UK pound and yes to a stronger Scottish Parliament - guaranteed.

More powers for Scotland are now guaranteed. The Scottish Liberal Democrat 'Home Rule' plan would see big new powers come to Holyrood.

Liberal Democrat plans for a stronger Scotland within the UK:

Fairer taxes: New powers for Holyrood so the majority of the money that the Scottish Parliament spends will be raised here in Scotland.

Our plans would see the Scottish Parliament take responsibility for income tax, capital gains tax and more. If we choose, we can cut taxes for people on low and middle incomes as Lib Dems have already done as part of the UK government.

More power for your local community: Lib Dem plans would see more powers transferred to local communities too.

The SNP have sucked control over things like our Police force to the centre under their control.

With our plans for local powers we’ll put an end to ever more powers being taken away from local communities.

Best of both worlds for Scotland: The United Kingdom and Scotland is a strong partnership.

We can share risk to boost jobs, lower energy bills, protect our pensions and get more funds for cutting edge university research. 

And with more powers for Scotland under our Home Rule plans, we would get the best of both worlds: a strong Scottish Parliament that would continue to control things like education and our NHS, and the strength and security that comes with the broad shoulders of the UK.

We want Scotland to have the best of both worlds. A strong Scottish Parliament and the strength and security of the UK family.

Download a copy of Sir Menzies Campbell MP's report about Home Rule for Scotland


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  • signed 2014-09-19 12:51:11 +0100
  • signed 2014-09-15 21:37:30 +0100
  • signed 2014-09-15 20:19:16 +0100
  • signed 2014-09-14 00:13:09 +0100
  • signed 2014-09-10 21:27:04 +0100
    The current situation has not been created by a desire for Nationalism, it has been created by decades of unfair governance by Westminster. Alex Salmond is right in many respects. The Pound is MY Pound. The Bank of England is MY bank. The Westminster Parliament is MY Parliament yet much of its time is spent debating English Health and Education issues. My taxes are paying for this. The only logical solution is a federal one (with a rename of the Bank of England to the UK Central Bank). I also blame the BBC as our national broadcaster for treating Scotland as 2nd class citizens, broadcasting English Health and Education news every night, but rarely featuring Scottish news as of national interest, resulting in a totally confused and frustrated electorate.
  • signed 2014-09-10 21:00:43 +0100
    I have always thought federalism was a good idea – the possible future of not only the UK, but the world. Now, with Scotland divided 50/50 before the referendum, it has even more significance. Federalism would satisfy the aspirations of many people currently on opposite sides of the debate on independence. It is democratic, progressive, and new. It would provide ‘independence’ within a progressive UK structure. There is no fixed model, and it would be an exciting challenge for the people of Scotland and the UK to create their own one. In the event of a ‘no’ vote it is essential. If we vote ‘yes’ federalism will be a golden, lost opportunity.
  • signed 2014-09-10 18:41:27 +0100
  • signed 2014-09-10 08:02:41 +0100
    I love Scotland
  • @fwblake tweeted link to this page. 2014-09-08 18:38:09 +0100
    Sign up now: I want a stronger Scotland within the UK! http://www.scotlibdems.org.uk/homerule?recruiter_id=53977
  • signed 2014-09-07 22:13:02 +0100
    I received paper leaflet version of this through my door today, and I am so impressed by the positive messages and the non-blaming stance you have taken. I have been blogging about the need for compassion in this referendum campaign and this is such a great example of that. Well done. Well, well done.

    Now go get this message to everyone and keep Scotland in the UK.
  • signed 2014-09-07 21:36:35 +0100
    This is the only way forward for Scotland and would potentially boost political engagement in England as well.

    The vote of the 18th Sept should be taken as indicative but not final given the fact not least that:

    a) a federal UK/ devo -max was not on the table


    b) that the basis of the franchise is questionable , excluding as it does the opinion of circa 1M expat, first generation Scots

    - the result on the 18th will not therefore reflect the views of the ‘Scots Nation’, but rather those people resident in Scotland.

    The residential entitlement to vote was a fair basis for defining the franchise for devolution (of powers to the territory of Scotland) – however it is an inadequate basis upon which to poll the Scots nation as to its future sovereignty.

    This is particularly the case as those who will be most affected by changes to the passport and freedom of movement are exactly those who have been denied the franchise.

    A close yes or no vote should trigger a Constitutional Commission which could evolve a detailed proposition upon which the Scots, English and Welsh might vote – AFTER a referendum on Europe, which could expose a genuine potential constitutional schism between Scotland and England , were the majority of English to decide in favour of an exit of the EU, were the Scots to vote the other way.
  • signed 2014-09-05 10:05:40 +0100
  • signed 2014-08-31 13:22:43 +0100
    I want to see a fully federal Britain within a federal Europe. I’ve lived my entire life back and forth between Scotland and Yorkshire, and there has been no real difference between the experience of Scotland and N England since 1979. It was wrong and unjust not to create a full federal system in 1997.

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