b. Over to You

Over to You

 

In many ways, Scotland is now a modern European democracy. Devolution has given us back a voice, the ability to make our own decisions and a sense of pride and place.

 

We now have our own parliament – open, proportionate, accountable and genuinely accessible. Legislation has been well thought through and sensible. Minority government has encouraged co-operation and consensus across political parties.

 

Scots now look to their MSPs in Holyrood and to Scottish ministers in Edinburgh and see them as more important and relevant than Whitehall and Westminster. Each of us is encouraged to take oart in the political process and so we feel a sense of ownership.

 

Given that we have only enjoyed devolution for little more than a decade, this is a remarkable achievement. It is popular and it works.

 

The concept of self-determination has been proved. Our new political settlement has been a huge success, qualified only by the fact that the powers of our politicians and parliament remain limited.

 

We cannot control or shape our economy, invest our oil revenues, decide on pension or benefit levels, stay out of illegal wars declared by the UK government, join international bodies such as the EU or UN in our own right, or be treated as an equal by the world community of nations.

 

With independence, we will have the power to make decisions on all these things. We will be fully able to determine our own destiny. That will be good for Scotland because no-one cares more about our nation’s future than the people who live here.

 

Historically, sovereignty in Scotland has always rested with the Scottish people. Independence would bring this to life and give us the right government for the 21st century.

 

Since its formation more than 70 years ago, the Scottish National Party has campaigned for more powers for Scotland. We believe that independence offers the best way forward for our country.

 

The recent Scottish Parliament elections returned an SNP majority government. This showed that we are earning the trust and confidence of the voters – and we will work hard to keep that trust and support.

 

We recognise, though, while independence is the next step on our nation’s journey, it is a step that only the people together, can take.

 

For this reason, the government proposes a referendum to get your views on the issue.

 

That is the fair and democratic way. We will ask you for your opinion on the best future for our nation. The result of the referendum will determine the additional powers we seek for the Scottish Parliament.

 

The SNP, in conjunction with others, will be campaigning for a yes vote for independence. We hope you will join us.

 

Together, we can forge a fairer, better, more prosperous Scotland. A nation worthy of its history and properly equipped for the challenges of the future.

 

A Scotland for us all to participate in and be proud of.

 

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