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Friday 29th November 2013 | 17:07
SNP press release
EU referendum bill passage exposes hypocrisy of No campaign
The passage of a Westminster bill calling for an EU referendum through the House of Commons today has exposed the hypocrisy at the heart of the No campaign.
The prospect of a referendum on the UK’s EU membership in 2017 means that Scotland could find itself dragged out of the EU against the wishes of people living here in the event of a No vote in next year’s referendum on Scotland becoming independent.
With the anti-independence campaign keen to manufacture uncertainty on Scotland’s future in Europe, the fact that this bill has cleared a key parliamentary hurdle shows that the only threat to Scotland’s membership of the EU comes from Westminster. The bill for a referendum on EU membership in 2017 will now pass to the House of Lords for consideration.
Commenting, SNP MSP Christina McKelvie said:
“Today’s events show quite clearly the hypocrisy at the heart of the anti-independence campaign.
“While No campaign politicians are keen to try and whip up fears and doubts, the inescapable fact is that it is Westminster that is the real threat to Scotland’s place in the EU.
“This legislation passing through Westminster opens up the very real prospect of Scotland being dragged out of the EU against our wishes if there is a No vote next year. That would be a disaster for Scotland and shows quite clearly why Scotland needs responsibility for our own relationship with our European neighbours.
“The only way for people in Scotland to secure our place in Europe is with a Yes vote next year for an independent Scotland that will speak with its own voice in the EU.
“With Westminster backing moves to cut the UK adrift from the rest of Europe, the No campaign has a real problem on their hands to explain why people in Scotland should take the risk of remaining with the Westminster system.”