All change, but not for Yes case

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - COMMENT -

Sir, – I quite agree with Graeme Fin­nie (let­ters, May 14) that the next ref­er­en­dum – if there is one – will be dif­fer­ent to the last one be­cause too much has changed.

Us leav­ing the EU will en­sure that the sub­stan­tive de­bate is con­cen­trated on cur­rency, the bor­der with Eng­land and whether we ac­tu­ally want to be or can be in the EU or not, all the is­sues that the YES/SNP cam­paign strug­gled with in 2014 and are still strug­gling with.

The eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion in Scot­land has di­verged away from the UK aver­age in a very wor­ry­ing man­ner, so the eco­nomic case for in­de­pen­dence is much weaker.

In the af­ter­math of the last ref­er­en­dum, all the par­ties at Holy­rood got together to ne­go­ti­ate new pow­ers and th­ese have all been granted. We now have the pow­ers that 100% of our main po­lit­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tives signed up to. That is a very pow­er­ful state­ment in­deed when you think about it. We have the con­sti­tu­tional po­si­tion we all agreed to.

So, the next time it will be dif­fer­ent, but will it be bet­ter for the Yes move­ment? I think not, and al­most cer­tainly, the SNP think not either, hence the silly stunts and at­tempts to raise the tem­per­a­ture be­cause they have nowhere else to go.

Vic­tor Clements. Tay­bridge Ter­race, Aber­feldy.

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