Devolution Unit ‘campaigning against independence’

The Devolution Unit now appears to be part of an anti-independence drive. Picture: Neil Hanna
The Devolution Unit now appears to be part of an anti-independence drive. Picture: Neil Hanna
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A FOREIGN Office department set up to promote the Scottish Government’s interests is being used to campaign against independence, it has been reported.

The Devolution Unit now appears to be part of an anti-independence drive at Westminster. It has emerged the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), which runs the unit, has contacted overseas governments about this September’s referendum in a bid to find allies who might oppose independence.

Officials at the FCO had been in touch with officials in the United States, New Zealand, China, Russia and a number of European Union nations.

A newspaper reported that telegrams to FCO posts suggested Westminster papers on the problems which could be faced across the UK if Scotland went independent be circulated “ASAP to host governments”.