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Business lobbyist tells engineers of opposition to Scotland independence

A key business leader has called into question the preparedness of the Scottish parliament for independence from the UK.

Business lobby group CBI Scotland director Iain McMillan said that the powerful industry group “will have no option but to oppose Scotland’s independence” unless questions regarding Scotland’s business and economic security post-secession could be answered.

“No-one should be in any doubt what independence means,” he said. “It means Scotland leaving the UK and the rest of the UK becoming a foreign country.”

McMillan was speaking to 700 assembled civil engineers at the annual ICE Scotland dinner in Glasgow.

He questioned whether concrete plans for creating an entirely independent infrastructure, currency and armed forces had been made yet.

McMillan voiced concerns about Scottish party SNP’s preparedness for independence as an upcoming referendum on Scottish independence approaches.

Calling for “careful and lateral” thinking from both Edinburgh and London parliaments, McMillan warned that it was the “last chance saloon for the UK. We need to make sure that our decisions are the right ones.”

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  • Being Scottish I do feel in part happy that a seperation from the UK is being tabled as an opportunity. An opportunity to allow us to be our own Nation.

    However, in saying that I do in part feel happy, I must admit that I think full seperation for Scotland from the UK is not a good idea. There are obvious benefits to being our own Nation on the other hand there are many more benefits to remaining part of a 'United' Kingdom.

    Exactly as mentioned by Mr. McMillan above, there is so much that would have to be addressed to be able to stand on our own as a Nation. Where is the funding for this coming from? Certainly not from the United Kindgom anyway.

    Scotland, along with the rest of the UK (and most of the world for that matter) is still reeling from one of the worst financial meltdowns ever. Why, when times are hard enough with budgets for major public sectors such as infrastructure maintenence, hospitals, schools etc, do people think it a good idea to split up the country and have to be saddled with the financial implications that this will no doubt bring about?

    Yes, by all means be proud to be Scottish and recognise our own country, but to do this does not mean such drastic measures as having to split from the UK.

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