Salmond's Brand of Independence 'Means Handing Power to the EU' SNP Is Misleading Public, Claims Farage

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Salmond's Brand of Independence 'Means Handing Power to the EU' SNP Is Misleading Public, Claims Farage


Byline: Gareth Rose Scottish Political Reporter

NIGEL Farage is set to attack Alex Salmond for 'misusing' the word independence in his desperate attempt to break up Britain.

Speaking in Edinburgh today, he will claim the First Minister wants Scots ruled by Brussels rather than Westminster - which is not true independence.

The UKIP leader has hit out at Mr Salmond for failing to condemn 'nasty' pro-independence protesters who stormed a bar in Edinburgh last year, shouted 'racist Nazi scum' at Mr Farage, and told him to 'go back to England'.

Leader of the Scottish Lib Dems Willie Rennie has urged the SNP leader to warn demonstrators against a repeat of those scenes.

A UKIP spokesman said: 'Mr Farage is a believer in the UK. He believes a first Scottish UKIP MEP will bring a different message into the mix - that the SNP wants to leave Westminster, but be governed by Brussels.

'The SNP misuse the word independence and that is something he wants to flag up.' The spokesman added: 'In terms of Scottish independence, he (Mr Farage) is quite relaxed about devolution.

'He understands that process will continue and will not reversed. He is entirely comfortable with the idea of a more federal UK.' However, he has not forgiven Mr Salmond for failing to stand up to those who stormed the Canons Gait pub, in the Royal Mile.

After being rescued by police, the UKIP leader said: 'If this is the face of Scottish nationalism, it's a pretty ugly nation. The anger, the hatred, the shouting, the snarling and the swearing was all linked in to a desire for the Union Jack to be burnt.' In response, Mr Salmond said: 'We can frankly do without UKIP, who dislike everybody and know absolutely nothing about Scotland.' Mr Farage believes that if UKIP supporters had behaved in that way, he would have been rightly criticised if he had failed to condemn them.

'Mr Farage remains pretty surprised by the fact Alex Salmond failed to condemn the rebels who sought to shout down the UKIP debate,' the party spokesman added. 'It is sad that Mr Salmond seems relaxed about such behaviour.

'Scottish independence seems to have nasty elements who are driven by anti-English sentiments. …

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