The SNP must reveal its hidden plans for independence, the Scottish Conservatives have said today – ahead of new figures being published on Scotland’s revenue and expenditure.
The SNP’s Growth Commission issued private findings on the cost of independence late last year.
But First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has still to let the public know what it proposed.
With the annual GERS figures published this Wednesday, the Scottish Conservatives have accused the SNP of “running for cover” by failing to be straight with people about the cost of separation.
At the weekend, the Fraser of Allander Institute declared that the SNP government should set out “the tough choices” that it would impose on Scotland under independence, saying it was “crucial” for such a comprehensive plan to be released. Scottish Conservative shadow finance secretary Murdo Fraser said:
“Last year, Nicola Sturgeon announced with great fanfare that her Growth Commission would set out how independence could be achieved. It has all gone strangely quiet.
“She’s had the findings on her desk since the turn of last year – where they’ve gathered dust ever since. What has the SNP got to hide?
“Rather than keeping the facts from the public, it is time the SNP was upfront and let people in on what it would propose.
“As the respected Fraser of Allander Institute has said this week, it is ‘crucial’ that the Scottish Government is upfront about its plan for separating Scotland from the UK.
“This week the evidence will show, once again, that Scotland benefits from being part of the UK.
“If the SNP continues to hide its own plans from public view, we can only conclude that the nationalists know this too.”
Notes to editors:
The SNP’s Growth Commission issued an interim report to Nicola Sturgeon at the turn of 2016.
This week, the Fraser of Allander Institute said: “In pursuing the case for independence, the Scottish Government need to set out the tough choices that it would make alongside a detailed and comprehensive plan for how it would manage the public finances with responsibility for both sides of the balance sheet. This won’t be easy, but is absolutely crucial.”