Debate 'About People, Not Parties'

The debate over Scotland's future is about "people, not parties'', the Deputy First Minister has said.

Nicola Sturgeon claimed that, across the country, communities are now "waking up to the opportunity of independence''.

She spoke out as she visited Glasgow Central Mosque ahead of the crucial referendum vote on September 18.

The SNP depute leader said the independence debate "is not about where we have come from or what party we belong to''.

She said: "It is about the people of Scotland, all of us, taking our future into our own hands.

"Here at Glasgow Central Mosque and across all of Scotland's communities, people are waking up to the opportunity of independence to build a fairer society, to support our young people with greater job opportunities and to protect our public services like the NHS.

"Scotland's success on the world stage is built on innovation and a rich and diverse cultural heritage - that outward-looking and inclusive approach will blossom on the world stage with a Yes vote and independence.''

Ms Sturgeon continued: "In Scotland there are families from Pakistan and Poland, India and Ireland, England and Italy, and people from many other parts of the world living, working and making a positive contribution to modern Scotland - this is something worth celebrating.

"A Yes vote is an opportunity to embed equality, tolerance and human rights in our constitution and ensure that we can grow our economy and tackle poverty.''


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