The SNP has come under fire after it was reported that the 2014 sign constructed to mark the unveiling of the independence referendum date was constructed using Danish steel and not Scottish.
According to the Telegraph, the 2014 sign was welded by apprentices at Steel Engineering, but the grade of metal the company normally uses needs to be of a higher standard than is produced in Scotland, meaning they are supplied by a Danish firm.
Labour MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West Tom Greatrex has attacked the SNP, saying they could have just as easily used Scottish steel for the sign.
“For this historic event, they have not even bothered to buy steel from Scotland,” he was reported as saying.
“This speaks volumes for their commitment to the Scottish steel industry. They are only interested in their pet project to separate Scotland from the rest of the United Kingdom.”
The metallic sign was unveiled yesterday as the date for Scotland’s independence referendum was revealed as September 18, 2014.
The Scottish Government has previously come under fire after the contracts for the new Forth bridge were given to Chinese companies.