On the national stage the Scottish independence debate has stepped up a gear and locally Borders MP Michael Moore has launched his ‘Road to Referendum’ campaign.
The pound and EU membership have been hot topics in recent days, Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Labour MPs all agreeing that a currency union between the rest of the UK and Scotland would not work, and European Commission president, José Manuel Barroso, wading into the debate by saying that it would be “extremely difficult, if not impossible” for Scotland to join the EU as an independent country.
Borders Liberal Democrat MP and former Secretary of State for Scotland, Michael Moore, a supporter of the No ‘Better Together’ campaign has a series of open public meetings on Scottish independence arranged.
He said: “The question facing the people of Scotland on September 18, is the most important one in our lifetimes. There can be no going back from independence, and as a passionate supporter of Scotland remaining within the UK I am determined to play my part in helping people get access to the information they need to make up their minds.
“I know from my growing postbag that people want answers to the important questions raised by independence, and that is why I have decided to hit the road around my constituency to discuss these important issues directly with my constituents.
“Anyone can attend these public meetings whatever their views. I will endeavour to do my best to answer any questions posed by my constituents, and look forward to interesting discussions with them.”
The first public meeting will be held in Duns on Thursday, February 27, in Duns Parish Hall, at 7pm. Other Berwickshire meetings will be at: Eyemouth Parish Church Hall on Thursday, May 1, at 7pm; and Coldstream’s Rodger Hall on Thursday, May 29, at 7pm. There are also meetings at Hawick, Selkirk, Jedburgh, Kelso, Melrose and Galashiels between now and August.