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Monday 19th November 2012 | 11:17
Scottish National Party press release
The determined isolationism and hostility towards the EU in Westminster is becoming the biggest threat that Scotland faces to securing further investment, as EU officials move to draw up a future budget without the UK.
The damaging revelation that plans are being made for the rest of the EU to bypass the UK because of its hostile stance towards the EU comes on the same day that the First Minister was in Paris to announce that French firm Areva is set to bring 750 renewables manufacturing jobs to Scotland.
Embarrassingly, the CBI publicly warned of the danger that Westminster’s stance towards Europe was posing to businesses at their annual conference in London shortly before David Cameron spoke at the same event.
Commenting, SNP MSP Clare Adamson who sits on the Europe and External Relations Committee said:
“Today’s events show the stark contrast between Westminster and the Scottish Government. While Westminster is putting up barriers to the rest of Europe and is becoming increasingly ignored, the Scottish Government is working with our neighbours to bring jobs and investment to Scotland.
“Moves by the rest of the EU to draw up a budget that excludes the UK are deeply embarrassing to the Westminster government.
“It is no wonder that David Cameron has today been sharply warned by the CBI over the threat that Westminster isolationism is posing to UK business.
“Every day that Westminster cuts us further adrift from our neighbours puts Scotland’s prospects of securing further investment in danger.
“As the threat to jobs posed by Westminster becomes an ever greater danger, it is clearer than ever that we need the power to speak with our own voice in Europe.
“Only a Yes vote in 2014 will give us that opportunity - and ensure that Scotland is not cast adrift by Westminster’s navel-gazing isolationism.”