Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at on 13 June 2013.

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It is very odd, in that case, that the First Minister wants to reassure everybody that everything will stay the same and that nothing will change.

The mystery is this: if the UK has so much that we want to share, why would we leave it and then ask it to share the things that we have left behind? If the rest of the UK is so monstrous, I wonder why it would want to share those things with us anyway.

The truth is that the First Minister’s current plan would only weaken Scotland. Now his plan is to enshrine a foreign Government’s economic and welfare policies in Scottish policy without Scots having any say whatsoever.

My question to the First Minister is this: he used to say that the pound and the UK welfare state were bad for Scotland, so what has changed?