Salmond: I'll serve out my term as FM if there's a No vote

Alex Salmond has insisted he will serve out his term as First Minister if there is a No vote in the Scottish independence referendum.

Loading Comments
Share
Print

He told listeners to a BBC Radio Scotland phone-in programme that he had been elected on a pledge to hold the historic vote, and would continue at the helm even if he fails to secure victory.

Mr Salmond was answering questions from voters for more than 90 minutes on a range of issues, from the taxation and currency arrangements in an independent Scotland, to the affordability of pensions and childcare.

Asked by one caller if he would resign immediately in the event of a No vote, he said: "No, I will discharge my responsibility. I was elected as First Minister in 2011, and I would like to serve out my term."

Mr Salmond also welcomed comments from Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael, when he was asked about the future of Scottish MPs in the event of a Yes vote.

Mr Carmichael has indicated he could step down from the UK Government and join Mr Salmond's ''Team Scotland'' to negotiate a deal on independence if Scotland says Yes.

"I was very much interested in the comments of Alistair Carmichael yesterday," Mr Salmond said.

"Scottish politicians have to be part of Team Scotland, and that was a very important and welcome statement from Alistair Carmichael."

Mr Salmond also addressed concerns that the referendum is proving divisive, with one voter raising the issue of anti-English feeling north of the border.

The First Minister said: "I absolutely believe that any residual anti-English sentiment in Scotland would disappear, because we would take responsibility for ourselves.

"When things go wrong in Scotland it would be our responsibility to sort them out as opposed to blaming someone else.

"We value, absolutely value English people in Scotland, they are part of the community."

Issues such as Trident and EU membership were also raised during the phone-in.

Trident, Mr Salmond said, was "a red line issue", and a pledge to remove it from Scotland would be non-negotiable.

He also repeated assertions that Scotland's EU membership would be "a smooth transition".

Local government

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on Evening Times on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis. If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.

178296

Have you got a story?

Contact the news desk on 0141 302 6520 or email news@eveningtimes.co.uk
Games news:

Sussed in the city

Michelle McManus

Special cause helped me to keep off wine

Times Out

Entertainment

Lifestyle

TV Advert
Janice Bell

Janice Bell

You couldn’t make up half the stuff that happens to PA Janice Bell- some of the jams she gets herself into are worth a story or two.

Games news:

Putting the world to rights

Gail's Gab

Hallowe’en, scaremongering reports and loom bands.

Cat’s Eyes on Glasgow

Cat’s Eyes on Glasgow

Cat Cubie’s job is to find and share with you the fabulous things the city has to offer, from gigs to gastro.