15 Oct 2012
Prime Minister David Cameron today signed an agreement with First Minister Alex Salmond for a separation referendum before the end of 2014.
Reacting, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson MSP said:
“I welcome the agreement between Scotland’s two Governments to have a fair, legal and decisive referendum.
“Now the real debate about substantial issues including the economy, currency, pensions, welfare and defence can begin.
“The United Kingdom is the world’s most successful voluntary union of nations and it is now up to the SNP to explain fully why Scots should abandon it.
“I will be making a positive case for Scotland’s continued place within the United Kingdom, which combines the strength and stability of a G7 nation with pound-for-pound the best armed forces in the world, while retaining complete decision-making powers in Scotland over health, education and justice.
“Nicola Sturgeon’s disgraceful claim that a vote for the UK will somehow ‘roll back’ devolution belies not only the huge new powers that are coming Scotland’s way, but also that the only party to give up powers from the Scottish Parliament is the SNP.
“All her bluster and misdirection cannot conceal the fact that the vast majority of Scots believe in the UK and that support for independence is dropping.”