Friday, 20 December 2013

Margaret's backing for independence White Paper



Local MSP Margaret Burgess is urging everyone to get involved in the debate over Scottish independence by reading the Scottish Government's White Paper – Scotland’s Future - which was published last week.

The document – described by First Minister Alex Salmond as “the most comprehensive blueprint for independence ever produced by any country” - was launched to an audience of hundreds of journalists from across the world, and contains 650 questions and answers on independence.

The online version of the White Paper - www.scotreferendum.com  - allows people to use a search facility to find answers to any questions they might have.  In addition, the blueprint explains how Scotland will move from a YES vote in the referendum on September 18th next year to independence on March 24th 2016.  The first election to Scotland’s independent parliament will take place in May 2016, with voters free to elect whichever MSPs and parties they choose.

Margaret Burgess, MSP for Cunninghame South, which includes Stevenston, said, “This landmark document takes the referendum debate into a new phase.

“No country in history is as well-equipped as Scotland to move forward to independence, and even the staunchest opponents of YES now accept that Scotland has got what it takes to be an independent country.

“The guide and the answers it provides will show clearly and simply the difference we can make in Scotland if decisions on our future are taken by those who care most about Scotland, that is the people who live and work here.

“The referendum on the 18th of September next year is a vote unlike any other - it is the biggest opportunity we have had as a country in 300 years.  That's why I'm asking all of my constituents - regardless of their current views on independence - to read the guide, to compare it with any alternative future for Scotland and to make up their own mind.”

Mrs Burgess, also the SNP Scottish Government’s Minister for Housing & Welfare, said the anti-independence ‘No’ campaign “never have a positive word to say,” adding, “It's time they answered the questions about what would happen to Scotland in the event of a No vote.

“Scotland’s future is now well and truly in Scotland’s hands – and it is time for all of us to grasp the historic opportunity offered by a YES vote on September 18th next year.” 

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