On Friday, Scotland cannot afford to be a nation of winners and losers.
Published 16 Sep 2014Commenting ahead of Thursday’s referendum on Scottish independence, Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:
“Whichever direction the people of Scotland choose in Thursday’s referendum, one thing is clear: on Friday, we must all come together to drive Scotland forward, either as an independent nation or as part of the United Kingdom. Either choice will leave a substantial number of people disappointed but on Friday 19 September, we simply cannot afford to have a country divided.
“The referendum on Scottish independence must not become defined in terms of winners and losers. We will not benefit as a nation if almost half of our people do not feel part of the future that we have determined for ourselves. The Scottish economy performs best when we work together with a common purpose and the priority for our politicians on Friday must be to reach out to those who are left disappointed by the outcome of the referendum and ensure that they play an active role in helping to build our future economy.
“From the very outset of the referendum campaign, Scottish Chambers of Commerce Network has taken a strictly impartial view on the debate because, as a membership organisation, we recognise the strength of feeling that exists among many business people and individuals on either side the debate.
“On 19 September, it will be time to focus this energy on making a success of the constitutional direction that the people of Scotland have chosen. Let’s all unite and get back to the business of generating wealth, jobs and success.”