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Sturgeon outlines six reasons for independence

Nicola Sturgeon said support for a Yes vote was rising. Picture: Hemedia

Nicola Sturgeon said support for a Yes vote was rising. Picture: Hemedia

  • by SCOTT MACNAB
 

Nicola Sturgeon has unveiled six reasons for Scots to vote Yes in the referendum, which will be staged six months today.

The Deputy First Minister said a No vote would mean handing control “straight back to Westminster”.

The reasons set out by Ms Sturgeon comprise: more jobs after a Yes vote; getting control of Scotland’s taxes; protecting the NHS; Scotland not ending up with Conservative governments it doesn’t vote for; the prospect of retiring later than south of the Border and the creation of an oil fund to make the most of Scotland’s North Sea resources.

“Today I am setting out six reasons for Yes with six months to go,” Ms Sturgeon said. “The referendum is a choice between taking Scotland’s future into Scotland’s hands or leaving our future in the hands of an out-of-touch Westminster establishment.

“The No campaign call themselves Project Fear but we have seen a move to Project Threat in recent days with increasingly over-the-top comments.

“So it’s no wonder that support for Yes continues to advance in the polls while the No campaign has stalled, with a swing of only around 5 per cent now needed to secure a Yes vote.”

 

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