The ‘Yes’ vote is there to be won, Scotland’s Deputy First Minister has said, as delegates gather in Perth today (Thursday) for the Scottish National Party’s annual conference.
At the end of an historic week in which the Edinburgh Agreement between the Scottish and UK Governments guaranteed a referendum designed and delivered by the Scottish Parliament, delegates will hear that a potential majority vote for an independent Scotland exists among the people.
As evidence that people are open to persuasion, the SNP cited polling evidence showing that a strong majority of people believe that the Scottish Government rather than Westminster is better at making decisions for Scotland – and that most people are likely to vote for independence if they believe they and their family will be better off.
Commenting, the SNP’s Depute Leader and Scotland’s Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:
“As SNP delegates gather today in Perth, we can take stock of just how far Scotland has come on the country’s home rule journey – which I believe we will complete in the autumn 2014 referendum by voting Yes to independence.
“A Yes vote is there to be won, and I believe will be won in two years’ time. We know that a clear majority of people in Scotland believe that the Scottish Government is better at making decisions for Scotland than Westminster – by 64% to 24% – which is an essential foundation of the case for independence, and is also testament to the success of the degree of independence offered to us by devolution.
“And most people are likely to vote Yes for an independent Scotland if they believe that they and their family will be better off.
“The economic case is on our side – Scotland pays 9.6% of UK taxes for 9.3% of UK spending in return, and in 2010/11 Scotland’s finances were stronger than the UK’s to the tune of £2.7 billion, or over £1000 for every household in Scotland.
This week’s agreement between the Scottish and UK governments ensures that we will have a referendum made in Scotland, with the outcome respected by all sides – the task now is to go out and win the argument among the people. And if we win the argument, we will win the referendum.”