The leader of the Better Together campaign paid a visit to Girvan’s Grants Distillery on Friday to promote the benefits of Scotland in the UK.
Former Chancellor Alistair Darling said that being part of the UK gives Scotland access to a UK single market of 63 million people and an international network of around 270 embassies and consulates throughout the world. Mr. Darling also argued that the access to such a large market is vital in sustaining jobs in Scotland.
He said: “I was delighted to be in Girvan to visit William Grant & Sons and see a real local success story.
“They produce some of the most well-known names in the drinks industry with one of their biggest export markets being just across the border in England.
“Why on earth would you want to put a barrier between a manufacturer or a distiller and their customers? It makes no sense whatsoever.
“My argument for the UK is that we’ve got a much, much bigger market - that’s the best way of helping employers in Girvan like William Grant and Sons.
“These are barriers that don’t need to exist. The best way to secure jobs in places like Girvan is to say No Thanks to independence in September.”
However, Gordon Macintyre-Kemp, Chief Executive of Business for Scotland said: “There’s an irony in Alistair Darling making these comments in a distillery - of all of Scotland’s industries, whisky is one of the most international; there’s scarcely a bar in the world that doesn’t have Scotch on sale.
“Scotland’s export market is global, it’s not the UK, and ambitious Scottish business people have their eyes on world-wide prizes, not just a domestic market.
“If Mr Darling isn’t able to lift his sights and help Scotland’s business community take advantage of the opportunities around the world then he’s not up to the job.
“Scotland has a huge potential and independence is the way we can tap into it.
“Independence is the business opportunity of a lifetime and the business community in Scotland will be reaching out to seize it.”