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Scottish architects join other business leaders to declare yes vote

More than 200 business leaders, including a number of Scottish Architects, have signed a letter declaring they will vote yes in the Scottish referendum next month

Signatories from Dualchas, MAK Architects, and TCD Architects are among those to have publicly backed the letter which states that ‘independence is in the best interests of Scotland’s economy and its people’.

The letter goes on: ‘An independent Scotland will recognise entrepreneurs small and large as the real wealth and job creators of the nation’s economic future. It will encourage a culture in which innovation, endeavour and enterprise are nurtured. It will place power in the hands of Scotland’s people to channel the huge resources of our country in the interests of those who live and work here.’

It follows a similar letter sent to the Scotsman on Wednesday (27 August) by 130 pro-UK business leaders which claimed the ‘business case for independence has not been made’. Yet this was signed by just one architect – Sandy Cooper, a director at Glasgow’s Mosaic Architecture + Design.

The architects signing up to the letter are part of campaign group Architect for Yes, which launched last week at Calton Hill in Edinburgh, as part of a late push to win over undecided voters before Scotland takes to the polls.

The group, which has been created to ‘help design and create the new Scotland that will come with Scottish independence’, believes independence holds ‘huge opportunities’ for architects.

The latest polls from Ipsos-Mori suggest 40 per cent of Scots are in support of an independent Scotland, while 54 per cent are set to vote no when the country goes to the polls on 18 September.

The full text of the yes letter

We are involved in business and entrepreneurship at different levels in Scotland and around the world. We believe independence is in the best interests of Scotland’s economy and its people.

An independent Scotland will recognise entrepreneurs small and large as the real wealth and job creators of the nation’s economic future. It will encourage a culture in which innovation, endeavour and enterprise are nurtured. It will place power in the hands of Scotland’s people to channel the huge resources of our country in the interests of those who live and work here.

We will gain the powers to give our many areas of economic strength even more of an advantage in an increasingly competitive world. There will be more opportunities for our talented and determined young people to stay and succeed here in Scotland.

We believe Westminster governments do not and never will pay sufficient attention to the interests of Scotland’s economy. The tax raids on our oil industry and pensions funds by Labour and Conservative-led governments are clear examples of a short-term focus rather than a long-term strategy. Scottish industry is so often treated as a cash cow rather than a strategically important part of a more prosperous and fairer society.

The real threat to Scotland is the real possibility of a British exit from the European common market. Scotland must look outwards to the world of opportunity that awaits us. A yes vote is the business and jobs opportunity of a lifetime for this and future generations.

The list of signatories can be found, here.

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