A new analysis of the SNP’s Growth Commission report has questioned the economic foundations of an independent Scotland.
The analysis, authored by leading economist Kevin Hague on behalf of the ‘’These Islands’’ group, asserts that the SNP’s Growth Commission report are unrealistic and misleading.
A key conclusion of the report was that, far from being a sober analysis of the economic reality of an independent Scotland, the Growth Commission is actually more optimistic than the widely discredited 2014 White Paper.
Shadow Cabinet Secretary for the Economy Dean Lockhart said that the new analysis was the latest in a string of indictment of the SNP’s wishful thinking when it comes to the economy of an independent Scotland.
The peer reviewed analysis also details the full extent of austerity in an independent Scotland with public finances facing cuts of up to 12%.
Scottish Conservative shadow economy secretary Dean Lockhart MSP said:
"This thorough and sober analysis of Nicola Sturgeon's latest independence blueprint is damning."
"Far from laying out a realistic prospectus on Scottish independence, it shows that the SNP is now making even wilder claims about secession than Alex Salmond did prior to the referendum. That's quite an achievement."
"Quite simply, they are making it up as they go along."
"It's time people like Nicola Sturgeon and Andrew Wilson were honest for once. As everyone apart from the SNP acknowledges, independence would mean cuts on a scale never seen in Scotland - damaging every hospital, school and public service in the country."
"It's therefore all the more important that we oppose a second referendum on independence - and stop the SNP's attempt to wreck Scotland with yet more constitutional division."