Campaign leaders clash over Scottish independence

Campaign leaders clash over Scottish independence

Mon Aug 25, 2014 9:36PM GMT

Pro and anti-Scottish independence campaign leaders have clashed during a live TV debate weeks before the independence referendum.

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond and Former British Chancellor Alistair Darling clashed during a 90-minute televised debate held at Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery on Monday.

“We are a rich nation, a resourceful people. We can create a prosperous nation and a fairer society, a real vision for the people of Scotland,” Salmond said.

He also estimated the North Sea resources alone can bring in billions of pounds for Scotland annually.

Darling questioned revenue figures provided by the Yes campaign, and said, “You are promising all sorts of things on the basis of a revenue that is very volatile.”

“To rely so much on something… it is gambling our children’s future which is totally unacceptable,” he added.

In relation to the issue of currency in an independent Scotland Salmond said that no one can stop Scots from continuing to use pound and that “it’s an internationally tradable currency.”

“I’m seeking the best option for Scotland, so our prosperous economy keeps the pound sterling,” he added.

In reply Darling said, “For a currency union, you have to have both sides to agree.”

He also said Scotland’s union with Britain means a secure health service.

Salmond rejected the notion saying London’s current budget cuts are affecting health service in Scotland and that a Yes vote to independence from the UK is the only way to protest the National Health Service in Scotland.

Scottish people will cast their votes in the referendum set to be held on September 18 and will celebrate their independence, if they vote to break away from the UK, on March 24, 2016.

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