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People deserve answers on what independent Scotland would stand to lose for EU entry

March 8, 2013 1:38 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting on figures from the GERS report which show an independent Scotland's payments to the EU would triple to £378 million and, if SNP ministers failed to negotiate the rebate, would increase further to £673 million, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said:

"The SNP government's own figures have laid bare the real cost of the Willie RennieWillie Rennienationalist's independence plans. Even with the rebate an independent Scotland's payment to the EU would triple to £378 million. That is £250 million less to spend on colleges, hospitals and infrastructure.

"An independent Scotland would enter negotiations for entry to the EU with its cards on show and everything to lose. If SNP ministers failed to negotiate the rebate we'd be left in a unappealing predicament between an eye-watering £673 million EU payment or a Scotland outside of the EU. Only last week we learnt countless member states will not state their position on an independent Scotland's terms of entry unless it votes to leave the UK.

"SNP ministers are wishing for a lucky dice but this is not a game of Risk. People deserve answers on what an independent Scotland stands to lose in any negotiations for entry to the EU."

Notes:

Details of the GERS figures which show an independent Scotland's EU bill would rise to £378 million with the rebate and £673 million without can be found on the Scottish Government's website on page 55.