BLACKFORD ‘IN DENIAL’ ABOUT REALITY OF INDEPENDENCE

The SNP’s Westminster group leader Ian Blackford is ‘in denial’ after claiming that a ‘hard border’ with England would not be necessary if Scotland leaves the UK.

Mr Blackford told Sky News: “I don't think anybody would want to see a border in the United Kingdom."

But he failed to explain that an independent Scotland in the EU would have to commit to joining the euro, while if Brexit happens it creates the possibility of different trade regulations leading to a hard border with the rest of the UK.

Pamela Nash, chief executive of Scotland in Union, said: “Ian Blackford is in denial about the reality of independence.

“Leaving the UK would involve breaking up the most successful union the world has ever seen, building barriers between families, friends and neighbours.

“It would divide our home market, jeopardising trade with the rest of the UK, and lead to deeper austerity and steeper tax rises.

“An independent Scotland in the EU would have to commit to joining the euro and it would create the very real possibility of a hard border with the rest of the UK.

“But there is a better future as part of the UK, with no internal borders and keeping the pound to protect wages, mortgages, and pensions.”

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