SNP deputy leader Keith Brown has claimed an independent Scotland would more than halve the country’s deficit from 7 to 3 per cent in ‘less than three years’. Pamela Nash, chief executive of Scotland in Union, said:
“The SNP is proposing austerity on steroids.
“The reality of this would be devastating cuts to already-stretched public services such as schools and hospitals.
“But this isn’t a choice we have to make. By remaining in the UK we can continue with the pooling and sharing of resources that will protect public services to the tune of nearly £2,000 per person.
“This is also a candid admission that an independent Scotland would be outside the EU for at least three years, as the requirement for member states is to have a deficit below 3 per cent.”