Voters urged to engage in debate
Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has urged voters to engage in the independence debate and think carefully ahead of September’s referendum.
Mr Carmichael insists it is crucial for voters to stay well-informed as the referendum – now just 200 days away – draws ever closer.
He has also posed questions for voters to consider, such as what independence would mean for welfare payments, income tax and whether a possible currency change might impact on businesses.
The Scottish Secretary has insisted the isles benefit from UK membership. He cited the roll out of superfast broadband and support offered to new businesses as examples of how communities have gained from being part of the UK.
His comments come after representatives of the Yes campaign held a public meeting in Burra. Last month’s meeting in the Hamnavoe Public Hall allowed pro-independence campaigners the chance to outline the benefits they see in Scottish independence.
Mr Carmichael said: “The referendum is fast approaching and that means it’s time for everyone in Orkney and Shetland to turn their attention to how they intend to vote.
“But this is not a decision to be taken lightly – we cannot afford to gamble with our nation’s future – so that means making an informed choice and to do that we all need to get the facts. There is a wealth of information out there already and I know there is much more to come.
“Nobody should think that this is not a decision that matters for them. Crucial decisions – like whether you keep the UK pound in your pocket and who will be a British citizen – rest on this vote.”