The Scottish parliament is under attack from Westminster.
In 2014 Scotland was promised it would become an equal partner in the Union if it rejected independence.
Instead we were dragged out of Europe against our will and are now seeing essential powers being stripped from our parliament.
Brexit was a clear message from Westminster to Scotland. It proved that Scotland could not trust Westminster politicians’ promises to respect Scotland’s wishes and that we could always be outvoted as long as we remain in the UK.
Brexit has been an unmitigated disaster and Scotland’s exporters have been hit harder than the rest of the UK. Our exports to Europe have been slashed, by more than 80% in some sectors. Scotland’s economic output slumped by 5% in the third quarter of 2021, more than double the British drop of 2.1%.
Northern Ireland fared better because under its Brexit deal it retained access to the EU single market. Westminster refused to listen to the Scottish government case for similar access, just as it refused to listen to our requests for a softer Brexit and a place at the negotiating table.
The UK Conservative government is now stripping back the powers given to the Scottish parliament under devolution. It has passed the Internal Market Act to seize control of money once distributed throughout Scotland by the EU. It now spends that money on projects which should be controlled by the Scottish government but wont even consult with Holyrood on where the cash should go.
That same power grabbing Act allows Westminster set standards on crucial issues such as hormone-injected food and single-use plastics, undermining the Scottish parliament. Scotland will never have the powers it needs to protect its people from Westminster’s greed, incompetence and arrogance until it regains its independence.
Believe in Scotland is the community for people who live in Scotland and who believe that Scotland’s future should be decided by the people of Scotland. We are also Scotland’s most active, most effective, and most successful independence campaigning group.
We support independence not for the sake of a political principle but for the people, as a means to an end: to build of a better Scotland.
We believe that independence offers Scotland the opportunity to be a better nation. A nation that more closely matches the values, hopes and aspirations of the people of Scotland.
As a sovereign independent people, we can truly protect Scotland’s NHS and our nations wellbeing. Independence offers us the chance to create a society and an economy that are more resilient, fairer, equal, ambitious, internationally connected, environmentally sustainable and successful.
That’s why we believe in Scotland, in an independent Scotland
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