THE Scottish Greens have highlighted the economic rift in the Yes movement ahead of tomorrow’s fifth anniversary of the independence referendum.

Signalling their desire to help write the prospectus for Indyref2, the Greens said the SNP must not be as “conservative” as it was five years ago or “repeat the mistake” of backing a failed economic model.

Demanding the vote be held “on a more radical prospectus”, MSP Patrick Harvie said: “In 2014 the SNP got caught in the trap laid by Better Together which saw them make a continuity case for independence. It became about retaining the monarchy, membership of NATO, the pound and various other trappings of the UK’s discredited system. This meant things like currency became a major factor in the result.

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“Unfortunately, the SNP’s response to that has to become even more conservative.

“Its Growth Commission suggests tight spending controls, extended use of the UK’s currency and continued austerity. It would create a little Britain, not a new Scotland.”

SNP depute leader Keith Brown said independence would let Scotland set economic policy in its own interests “instead of being tied to an increasingly arrogant and dangerous Tory government”.

He added: “The Tory austerity model has failed Scotland. Our economic plan, as set out by the Sustainable Growth Commission, shows how an independent Scotland could use the powers of independence to grow our economy and invest in our public services.

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“Indeed, the latest GERS figures show that Scotland’s public finances are already stronger than the Growth Commission’s assumptions.

“The opportunities of independence stand in stark contrast to the economic damage posed by Brexit - replacing uncertainty and fear with optimism and hope about Scotland’s future.”