A PROMINENT Edinburgh Liberal Democrat today announced he would be voting Yes in the independence referendum.
Andy Myles was chief executive of the Scottish Liberal Democrats from 1992 to 1997, a former parliamentary candidate in the city and a special adviser when the Lib Dems were in government at Holyrood.
Despite helping to negotiate the blueprint for devolution in the Scottish Constitutional Convention, he said he was now convinced independence was the best way forward for Scotland.
He said: “After spending much of my adult life trying, genuinely, to improve government in the UK, I have come to the conclusion that there is a much better chance of bringing power closer to the people in an independent Scotland.”
He said he had reached his decision to vote Yes after a period of “deep searching”.
He continued: “As a liberal, I believe that sovereignty starts with the people and is passed upwards. Devolution is, on the other hand, about sovereignty being passed downwards, however benevolently.
“I campaigned for a devolved parliament because it brought power back closer to the people, and I thought it might shake-up the UK constitution and lead to major reforms. I now see that this was a naïve hope or belief.
“I can see no evidence that it will lead on to a modern British federation, where Scotland is a genuinely equal partner with the other parts of the UK. None of the UK parties are even talking about what I consider to be federalism. I have come to the conclusion that the best way forward is an independent Scotland within the EU.”
Yes Scotland Chief Executive Blair Jenkins said: “Gaining the support of Andy Myles is an illustration of the ever-growing appeal of a Yes vote to a wide cross-section of the community.”