Monday, 4 November 2013

Tory MP Trashes Anti-Independence Border and Travel Scaremongering


A Tory MP has rubbished anti-independence scare stories about border checks and travel problems between England and Scotland following a Yes vote.

Richard Bacon, Conservative MP for South Norfolk, on Sunday Politics East, said:

“Well I think, this idea, this, one of the people in the clip said, ‘travel is going to get more difficult’, I mean pull the other one, is it suddenly going to get more difficult to get on a train? Are we seriously thinking that if Scotland becomes independent there will be passport checks on the border, well no not necessarily at all there will not necessarily at all, there are of plenty parts of Europe where there are no passport checks, when you go from France to Germany, or from Luxembourg to Belgium and I see no reason why that should necessarily happen within this Island.”

Mr Bacon’s comments have today been welcomed by Stuart McMillan MSP who was also interviewed by the BBC Sunday Morning programme.

Mr McMillan said:

“I warmly welcome Richard Bacon MP’s comments they quite rightly put the nonsense that the anti-independence campaign have been conjuring up where it belongs – into the garbage.

“These comments will serve as a huge embarrassment to the Labour and Tory pact trying to stop decisions being made in Scotland – the Tory MP’s comments also serve to contextualise the debate for undecided voters. Hundreds of thousands of Scots are still weighing up how they will vote in the referendum and people don’t like being taken for fools.

“Once again the No campaign’s Project Fear has been totally rumbled. They are rapidly becoming a laughing stock with their ever-more ridiculous claims falling apart under the slightest scrutiny – even by Tory MPs!

“We simply cannot believe a word that Project Fear says. They are clearly panicked by the people of Scotland warming towards a Yes vote. The gains of independence are being laid out and will be made crystal clear by the Scottish Government’s White Paper later this month – the No camp have yet to spell out any form of a positive vision for Scotland’s future.

“Mr Bacon is not alone as other pro Westminster politicians have called for the No camp to up their game. We’ve had Jackson Carlaw describing the No campaign’s scare stories as ‘silly’ and former Labour First Minister Henry McLeish’s said that Project Fear scare stories were so bad that the Labour party must leave the official No campaign.”
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