Tories’ hypocrisy over referenda

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It is intriguing to note the furore enveloping the Conservative Party over the holding of a referendum on the UK’s relationship with the EU.

We are consistently told by the UK Government of the urgent need to hold a referendum on Scottish independence “sooner rather than later” because of the impact this apparent “uncertainty” is having on potential investment in Scotland. This, incidentally, is in despite of a recent report indicating that Scotland has topped a table for attracting foreign companies to invest – ahead of every other region in the UK outside London.

However, Prime Minister David Cameron is looking to hold a referendum at a date, still to be defined, on a question that is still to be defined on our continued relationship, or not, with the EU.

As part of the largest single market in the world, with over half our trade with the EU and over three million jobs depending on this trade, potential UK trade and investment is being damaged by such irresponsible comments.

It smacks of utter hypocrisy to criticise the Scottish Government for holding the independence referendum in 2014 when the Conservatives are dithering about the holding of a referendum on the UK’s relationship with the EU.

Alex Orr

Leamington Terrace

Edinburgh