10 - 06 - 2019 / Your Story
MY HUSBAND AND I ARE DEPENDENT ON PUBLIC SECTOR PENSIONS
I am a retired business consultant living near Edinburgh, but originally from Aberdeen. I voted No largely out of fear - my husband and I are dependent on public sector pensions, and we were worried that there might be problems with the payment of these if Scotland became independent.
We were being told that Scotland might not be able to join the E.U. and I have always believed in the huge benefits associated with being part of the European family.
Since the 2014 referendum and the Brexit vote, my views have changed.
I have seen Scotland treated with appalling disrespect both in and out of Parliament, and I have also seen continuous attempts to erode the power and status of the Scottish Government.
I am now terrified that Scotland is being dragged unwillingly out of Europe, and that devolution will continue to be eroded and downgraded by the Westminster Government.
I have always been a proud Scot, but now I have come to realise that anything would be better than being tied to the jingoistic, antiquated country that is now England.
We are a small country, but there is no reason we can't be a successful one forging our own way ahead and living within our means.