Scotland 'will be left with ageing population' says Carlaw
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Jackson Carlaw told Express.co.uk that Scotland has a demographic of an increasingly older population that will require a strong domestic economy. The former Scottish Tory leader added that Nicola Sturgeon’s independence dream will lead to young people seeking career opportunities away from Scotland.
Mr Carlaw said: “Knowing Scotland’s demographic which is of an increasingly older population, that is going to utterly require us to have a dynamic entrepreneurial economy in Scotland.
“Where young people are not just going to be able to see career opportunities but career development.
“They are going to have to hope they are going to be able to have to buy their own home realistically.
“If they do not feel they can do that, then their skills will be portable and they will pick them up and go somewhere else.
“Then we would get an even more elderly population ahead of us after that.”
He added: “Just take away the superficial romance and the sort of loose talk of independence which all of us can understand.”
During the same interview, Mr Carlaw stated Ms Sturgeon will attempt to get Scotland into the European Union “at any price”.
Mr Carlaw told Express.co.uk that the SNP leader would attempt to get an independent Scotland back into the European Union without holding a referendum on membership of the trading bloc.
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The Scottish Tory added that European nations would think Scotland has “a bit to prove” before allowing the nation to join the bloc due to the current state of Scotland’s economy.
Mr Carlaw said: “I noticed that Nicola Sturgeon has said we would not even debate this, there would not be another referendum on it, she would just try and get us back in at any price and we would then have to accept whatever that price was.
“I do not think it would be light, as a very small nation, I think we would have to wait.
“This idea that it would happen at the click of a finger overnight, I think is fantasy politics.
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“It would be much longer than that with us lying in limbo for quite some time in the interim.
He added: “I think other nations in Europe would look at it and think Scotland has got a bit to prove before it can join the European Union.”
Nicola Sturgeon has outlined her plan to launch a second Scottish independence referendum in the first half of the SNP’s term in Government.
The SNP won the May 2021 Scottish Parliamentary election, falling just one seat short of an overall majority.
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