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Dossier of No campaign's 'broken promises' published by SNP

Finance secretary Derek Mackay said the document is a 'damning indictment' of the UK Government.

By STV News

Published 03 Jul 2016.

The SNP has published a dossier of "broken promises" made by the No campaign during the 2014 referendum on independence.

It has accused its opponents of breaking a series of promises made during the referendum campaign.

Some of the "promises" include securing Scotland's membership of the European Union by staying part of the United Kingdom.

During an STV referendum debate, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said voting against independence would mean Scotland would "stay in" the EU.

She said: "It's disingenuous to say No means out and Yes means in when actually the opposite is true. No means we stay in."

The SNP also highlighted claims made on further devolution, shipbuilding and employment.

Finance secretary Derek Mackay said the dossier is a "damning indictment" of the UK Government.

He said: "After being told by the Tory Westminster government and No campaign in 2014 that the way to protect Scotland's place in Europe was to vote No, we now find ourselves potentially being dragged out of the EU against our will - and unfortunately for people in Scotland, this is only the most obvious of the broken promises from the anti-independence parties.

"Whether it was pledging that power lay with the people of Scotland, the Tory election promises of massive investment in carbon capture technology, Michael Fallon telling shipworkers on the Clyde that a No vote would protect their jobs, Ruth Davidson promising that voting No would guarantee our place in Europe, or promises of "extensive" new powers - the reality has been damning indictment of the Westminster Government's real attitude towards Scotland".

Mackay warned Scottish voters "won't believe a word" of a future No campaign.

He said: "The First Minister has rightly said that as we seek to protect Scotland's place in Europe, all options are on the table, including a second independence referendum - and the choice facing voters would be very different from the choice in 2014.

"The problem for the Westminster government is that with their long list of broken promises from last time round, people in Scotland won't believe a word they say in any future referendum - which is one of the reasons more and more people are opening up to the opportunities of independence."

The Scottish Liberal Democrats accused the SNP looking for "division" when Scotland needs unity after the EU referendum result.

The party, who campaigned for a No vote in the independence referendum, said the economic consequences of Brexit make them thankful Scotland did not feel the "economic consequences of independence".

A Lib Dem spokesperson said: "The mask has slipped. The country is facing its biggest constitutional crisis in a generation but instead of a relentless focus on solving the European problem the SNP drag up their old grievances about independence. At a time when the country needs unity the SNP reach for division.

"We have seen that the warnings about Brexit have turned into reality. The same would have been true for independence. Thankfully we were not subjected to the reality of the financial and economic consequences of independence."

The Scottish Conservatives and Scottish Labour have been approached for comment.

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