In March, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confessed the figures in the SNP’s economic blueprint for independence are “completely out of date” despite demanding a second referendum before updating them. The SNP leader admitted the party’s 2018 Growth Commission, written before both the COVID-19 pandemic and the final Brexit deal, is no longer reliable. However, she said there would be no new analysis conducted until the eve of a second referendum.
Ms Sturgeon reiterated the claims during a fiery exchange on BBC One’s Andrew Marr show this morning, in which she confirmed the SNP had not done any modelling on the impact that leaving the UK would have on incomes.
Shadow Scottish Secretary Ian Murray immediately criticised the First Minister, as he argued the SNP are withholding the figures as they know "it's likely to be bad news".
The impact that leaving the UK would have on incomes is not the only thing the SNP is not providing an answer for, though.
In a recent report, political commentator and founder of the strategic analytics consultancy Diametrical Ltd. Andrew Willshire, claimed "citizenship" is another issue Ms Sturgeon's party has not given much thought to.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
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Mr Willshire warned it could actually spark a crisis in both Scotland and the UK.
He explained: "Let us assume that independence day is upon us and that somehow Scotland has been able to negotiate acceding to the EU without a decade in the wilderness.
"The time has come to decide who gets Scottish (and therefore EU) citizenship as a matter of right.
"Who passes the test?"
The franchise for the independence referendum includes everyone legally resident in Scotland, regardless of nationality.
It should surely be assumed that all of those people would be granted Scottish citizenship, Mr Willshire noted, as if they weren’t, their votes could not be reasonably counted in the referendum.
He added: "Such an expansive offer of citizenship would certainly fit with the SNP’s view of Scotland, even if it doesn’t chime with the view of most Scots.
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"Next, would Scottish nationals resident elsewhere in the UK (such as myself and 750,000 others) be entitled to Scottish citizenship?
"We are currently denied a vote on whether we want it to exist at all, but it would surely be hard to refuse it.
"But would it be automatically conferred or would we have to apply? What about spouses and children? And what of the many millions of British people who could claim Scottish citizenship based on recent ancestry? Even a conservative estimate would put that number at many millions.
"Scotland could be the first state where a majority of its citizens were not actually resident in the