Caithness Chamber of Commerce comments on referendum “No” vote
Published 19 Sep 2014Following yesterday’s (Thursday 18th September) vote for “No” in the Scottish independence referendum, Trudy Morris, Chief Executive of Caithness Chamber of Commerce, said:
“The referendum campaign which has dominated Scottish political discussion for the past three years is over. Scotland has spoken and has decided that our future lies within the United Kingdom.
“The decision to remain with the rest of the UK brings an end to some of the uncertainty that has surrounded us over the past three years. However, further change to the devolved settlement is now inevitable.
“Caithness Chamber of Commerce will continue to work with politicians of all parties and at all levels to help ensure that negotiations on this matter will lead to a system that delivers for Scottish businesses.
“While the referendum has decided the direction of Scotland’s constitutional future, many of the issues for businesses remain the same and we are keen to see these issues addressed as a matter of priority in any negotiations regarding devolved powers.
“For example, we have long been concerned about the impact of Air Passenger Duty on Scotland. Control over this and other tax powers would enable us to develop our international links and boost our business competitiveness.
“We remain committed to fighting for issues important to businesses in Caithness, and will continue to work with both the Westminster and Holyrood Governments to ensure that these issues remain at the forefront of discussions.”