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“As Labour finally submit to the inevitability of Scotish freedom, now even the Tories are having to face facts

Scottish independence: Jackson Carlaw would back currency union after "Yes" vote

The deputy leader of the Scottish Conservatives has agreed it would be "rational and sensible" for an independent Scotland to keep the pound.

Jackson Carlaw also said he would argue for Scotland to be automatically admitted to the EU in the event of a "Yes" vote in the referendum.


By IainS Posted: February 22, 2014


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  • Big_Ger  |  February 22 2014, 9:14PM

    Members of one of Scotland's biggest unions have voted against taking any side in the Scottish independence campaign. There had been speculation members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union would back a "Yes" vote in September's referendum. But instead they voted overwhelmingly in favour of the advice from their leadership to take a neutral stance. The union represents about 30,000 civil servants in Scotland. Delegates from the PCS debated and voted on the issue at its conference in Glasgow following a consultation process in which branches from workplaces around Scotland were asked for their views on independence.

  • AnBalores  |  February 23 2014, 3:47PM

    Many more Unions now support independence.

  • AnBalores  |  February 23 2014, 3:50PM

    Leading union comes out in favour of independence http://tinyurl.com/pp2saku

  • Slimslad  |  February 23 2014, 6:10PM

    Number 2 Branch of the regional area of a "leading union". LOL

  • kclarkDD  |  February 23 2014, 6:52PM

    Trade union members should be left to make up their own minds on this issue. It is far too big a question to be answered by anyone but yourself. And well done Jackson Carlaw. Two examples here of common sense. More please! :)

  • IainS  |  February 23 2014, 7:33PM

    Go for it Scotland! Will Scotland's independence make you feel insecure as you are up that way Slimeslad?

  • Big_Ger  |  February 23 2014, 8:49PM

    THE campaign for independence has suffered a setback, with support for a No vote rising after Chancellor George Osborne's warning that Scotland would not be able to share the pound after a Yes vote, a new poll for Scotland on Sunday shows today. The boost for the pro-UK parties comes despite the Yes campaign winning the public debate on the key issues of currency and EU membership which have dominated the campaign in recent weeks. Support for a No vote has climbed five points to 49 per cent in the space of a month and now enjoys a 12-point gap over the pro-independence side, which is unchanged on 37 per cent. It suggests a significant number of undecideds have shifted to No. http://tinyurl.com/pu2gkno

  • AnBalores  |  February 23 2014, 10:45PM

    New poll suggests support for independence growing among Scots The independence referendum is "way closer to call than anyone thinks" following a new poll indicating a swing towards the Yes campaign, according to a Scottish entrepreneur. "As a point of fact, the ICM/Scotland on Sunday poll remains the most recent one - which shows the referendum virtually neck-and-neck - as it was conducted entirely after this TNS survey. But it is encouraging nonetheless that Yes support in the TNS poll is 41% after 'don't knows' are excluded - which is up on the period before the white paper publication, confirming that momentum is very much with Yes."

  • Big_Ger  |  February 24 2014, 9:12PM
  • kclarkDD  |  February 25 2014, 10:01AM



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