Media Release: SCDI statement on First Minister’s announcement regarding a second independence referendum

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SCDI director of Policy & Place, Claire Mack, said: “SCDI has always been neutral on Scotland’s constitutional relationship with the rest of the UK, and, should a second referendum be held, we will once more seek to facilitate constructive discussions and publish impartial evidence for and on behalf of our members to inform that debate.

“In SCDI’s ‘Future Scotland’ reports, ahead of the last independence referendum, SCDI explored issues across the macroeconomic and fiscal, Europe and international, and energy spheres.

“Many of the issues raised across those reports remain key areas where answers are needed.

“Indeed, following the UK’s decision to leave the EU, many of those issues will be more important than ever at this time of unprecedented change.

“Global changes are placing an even higher premium on sustaining and generating increasing economic growth, and it is vital that as we enter any new debate around Scotland’s constitutional future, we ensure constructive debate around the key economic issues.

“At SCDI’s Forum being held later this week, we’ll be considering many of the global economic changes we face and issues around trade and investment as the UK reshapes its relationship with the EU.”


Notes for editors:

SCDI (Scottish Council for Development & Industry) is an independent and inclusive economic development network which seeks to influence and inspire government and key stakeholders with our ambitious vision to create sustainable economic growth for Scotland. SCDI’s diverse and influential membership – across the public, private and social economy sectors – forms a gathering of knowledge, experience and talent which provides a dynamic and creative force for change.

SCDI’s previous, ‘Future Scotland’ policy research reports, referenced above, can be accessed via this link:

SCDI Forum 2017: ‘Brave New Worlds? – Economic Growth & Wealth Creation’ conference takes place in Edinburgh on 16 and 17 March:

For further information, please contact:

Fraser Grieve, SCDI                   
T:  01463 218666

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