Scottish independence: Business leaders back independence after devolution option removed from referendum

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Leading Scottish business figure Jim McColl and others who favoured
Devo Max have backed independence so Scotland's economy has the
powers to prosper

Scottish independence: Business leaders back independence after devolution option removed from referendum

by Roisin O’Brien

An open letter from a group of business leaders has stated that they will back Scottish independence now that there is no option of further devolution on the referendum.  

The letter was published by Yes Scotland, the official campaign group for an independent Scotland.

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The group behind the letter has stated that to stimulate growth, Scotland needs full control over its economic powers:

"We believe that if our nation is to realise its full potential and if we are to deliver a fairer, more competitive and faster growing economy, Scotland's parliament needs the full range of economic and social levers.

"In the absence of any clear statement from the other parties in the "No" campaign, the only choice which will result in the Scottish Parliament having the fiscal powers it so badly needs is to vote "Yes" for independence."

The letter includes many top business executives, including Malcolm Fraser, the founder of Malcolm Fraser Architects, Michelle Rodger, founder of Tartan Cat Communications, and Jim McColl, head of engineering firm Clyde Blowers.

Blair Jenkins, chief executive of Yes Scotland, has said: “This is an extremely significant and welcome development and as we start to get into the debate now that the process appears to be complete, we are convinced increasing numbers of people will support independence as the right choice for Scotland.”

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published this page in News 2012-10-16 17:07:40 +0100