This exchange in the House on Thursday shows the importance I attach to the union bewteen Scotland and England. I think it is of great benefit to both parties.
The Advocate-General for Scotland (Lord Wallace of
Tankerness): My Lords, the noble Lord,
Lord Soley, said at Second Reading of the Scotland Bill that the United
- “is one of the most effective political and
economic unions that the world has ever seen”.-[Official Report, 6/9/11;
The Government wholeheartedly agree, and my
ministerial colleagues and I will do all that we can to make the case for the
United Kingdom. I also urge those who support this unique partnership to join
the debate and promote its benefits.
Lord Soley: I am very grateful
for that Answer. Does the noble and learned Lord agree that this message needs
to go out not just in Scotland but in England too? There is a very real danger
to our nationalism and we need to get out the message that many states around
the world envy our stable system, which has brought peace and prosperity to the
United Kingdom and is a model for other countries. Does he also agree that this
issue is not for any one party or any one part of the United Kingdom?
Lord Wallace of Tankerness: My Lords, I certainly agree
that this is not for any one party or any one part of the United Kingdom.
Judging by the response to my Answer and to the noble Lord’s Question, we all
share a common interest in spelling out the merits for the union, which is of
304 years’ duration. I think the question the separatists have to answer is: why