We're fighting for a stronger Scotland within the UK

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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 2014-08-31 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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