Rennie: SNP independence plans could have left Scotland facing budget black hole

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has said that today’s GERS figures have shown that the SNP’s independence plans would have caused a massive hole in the public finances.


The official Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland 2013-14 report published today revealed that Scotland’s deficit was £12.4bn in 2013/14, or 8.1 percent of GDP compared to 5.6 percent of GDP for the whole of the UK.

Commenting, Mr Rennie said:

"If Scotland had voted yes to independence these GERS figures would have been more than an academic discussion. Instead our political leaders would be in a blind panic desperately seeking to plug this massive hole in the public finances.  Nationalists promised us a second oil boom to win the referendum but our schools, hospitals and universities would be feeling the ramifications of an oil slump."

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