The SNP has said the glacial pace at which Westminster progresses the devolution of further powers in Wales underlines how a No vote in the referendum is a vote for no change.

Plaid Cymru has expressed disappointment at Westminster’s limited proposals on the Silk commission – describing the announcement as an attempt to undermine the commission.

The situation in Wales stands as a stark warning for people in Scotland about how Westminster would treat a No vote in Scotland, and reinforces the need for a Yes vote.

Commenting, SNP MSP Linda Fabiani, who sits on the Referendum Bill Committee, said:

“Westminster’s statement to the Silk commission, which is described by Plaid Cymru as delivering ‘no meaningful progress after an 8-month wait’, shows the people of Scotland the reality of a No vote.

“No’ is a vote for no change, and the warning from Wales where Westminster is dragging its feet is clear.

“A No vote is a vote for continued Tory austerity from Westminster, the dismantling of the welfare state, and 50 more years of nuclear weapons on the Clyde.

“Having decisions about the economy, welfare and defence taken in an independent Scottish Parliament rather than by Westminster means that the people of Scotland will get the policies that are right for Scotland, and continue to share a social union and the bonds that connect us with the rest of the UK.

“We have heard empty promises from anti-independence parties before. Even in the last parliament organisations and individuals across Scotland made the case for more powers – all of which were ignored and voted against by opposition parties in the Scotland Bill Committee.

“Westminster didn’t even devolve Air Passenger Duty, even though that was a recommendation of the Calman Commission.

“People in Scotland will not be fooled again. The only way to genuinely complete the powers of the Scottish Parliament and create the fairer society we all want to see is with a Yes vote for an independent Scotland in September 2014.”



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