The Scottish Independence
Convention is a Cross-Party/no party group whose purpose is to
promote Scottish Independence and create a space of co-operation
outside the party boundaries.
Independence will enable the people of Scotland to build a
successful society based on our own values and priorities. All we
are asking is the right to take our decisions together as a
nation.. A genuine Scottish democracy would mean that we would make
our choices and accept our responsibilities as other countries
Independence will give us the opportunity to use our land and
waters and green energy and oil and, above all, our skilled people
to make Scotland more economically successful, environmentally
sustainable and socially just. We would no longer be forced to have
nuclear weapons based on our soil or to sacrifice lives in costly
and destructive wars. We would have our own voice represented in
international organisations. We had a long struggle to win the
right to have our present Scottish Parliament. This has enabled us
to make much better choices than those made at Westminster for
education, health, social care and other services but we need to
control the rest of the powers on welfare and pensions, industry
and employment, taxation, defence and foreign affairs, to enable us
to protect our interests and create a fair and progressive society.
Independence is the next step - let's take it with
"The role of the Scottish Independence Convention has
changed. We were founded to deliver a referendum. That battle's now
been won. Our role now is to be creative and engage as wide an
audience as possible in the discussion about the future of our
country and what we mean by sovereignty."
Elaine C. Smith, Convener.