DCSIMG

Scottish independence: Darling warns of ‘conflict’

Alistair Darling talking during an independence debate in Edinburgh. Picture: PA

Alistair Darling talking during an independence debate in Edinburgh. Picture: PA

  • by ANDREW WHITAKER
 

FORMER Chancellor Alistair Darling has warned the SNP that it would “set up conflict” between Scotland and England if the party insisted on introducing its entire White Paper on independence in the event of a Yes vote next year.

Mr Darling said it was “nonsense” that the SNP would be able to force the rest of the UK to sign-up to every aspect of its the White Paper, which will set out the party’s vision of an independent Scotland.

The stark warning from Mr Darling, the leader of the anti-independence Better Together campaign, came ahead of the SNP government’s White Paper launch on Tuesday.

Mr Darling, speaking at a conference in Edinburgh today, said an independent Scotland would not be able to force the rest of the UK to share a currency simply because the SNP government White Paper sets out detailed plans to retain the Pound under independence.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon claimed a majority Yes vote would be made on the “prospectus” of the White Paper on independence placed before Scots in the referendum.

However, Ms Sturgeon accepted that the government of an independent Scotland would have to negotiate with the rest of the UK in the aftermath of the referendum about forming a new sovereign nation.

SEE ALSO:

Scottish independence: key questions answered

• Subscribe to The Scotsman Apple and Android tablet apps

Our apps offer the latest news throughout the day as well as complete electronic copies of the newspaper.

The apps - which are available on Amazon Appstore, Apple iTunes and Google Play, have been designed to offer readers a dynamic way to keep up to date whether at home or on the move.

They feature full articles, videos and picture galleries plus the ability to browse through complete downloadable editions of the paper which can also be read offline later.

Print subscribers of The Scotsman are entitled to any version of the app to suit their device as part of their subscription. Alternatively readers can subscribe to the app through the app stores, and will get 30 days free access.

 

Comments

 
 

Back to the top of the page

 

EDINBURGH
FESTIVALS
2014

#WOWFEST

In partnership with

Complete coverage of the festivals. Guides. Reviews. Listings. Offers

Let's Go!

No Thanks