The SNP has said comments from the Nissan chief executive warning the UK about exiting the EU underlines how a 'No' vote is the only real threat to Scotland's place in Europe and the single market.
When asked how Nissan would react if the UK were to leave the EU, Carlos Ghosn said: "If anything has to change, we [would] need to reconsider our strategy and our investments for the future."
This flies in the face of comments from senior figures in the anti-independence campaign – including the Chancellor George Osborne - who have consistently asserted that the referendum and prospect of an independent Scotland are deterring inward investment in Scotland, despite the evidence that inward investment in Scotland has just hit a 15-year high.
Commenting, SNP MSP Kenneth Gibson, said:
"These comments are clear - a No vote is the only threat to Scotland's place in the European Union and to investment.
"This blows another hole in claims from the anti-independence campaign that the referendum is deterring investment - when in fact the opposite is true.
“The latest Ernst and Young report shows that Scotland has achieved a 15-year high in inward investment projects, with extraordinary progress even on last year’s impressive figures.
“And yet throughout this entire period we have had senior politicians from the No campaign parties asserting, without a shred of evidence, that inward investment is being deterred.
“We now have the evidence and the reality – to quote from the Ernst and Young report there is ‘no sign of investors being deterred from coming to Scotland; if anything, the reverse appears to be true'.
“It is perfectly clear that the only threat to Scotland's EU membership comes from Westminster and its growing determination to pursue isolationism and withdrawal.
"The only way that people can safeguard Scotland and the Scottish economy from such damaging isolationism is with a YES vote for independence next September.”
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