Warning given on ‘yes’ vote’s impact on North Sea

Published: 29/04/2013

The UK’s new energy minister has claimed that oil and gas leaders around the world are worried about Scottish independence – and that a “yes” vote would damage North Sea investment.

In his first intervention in the battle over Scotland’s future, Michael Fallon warned that going it alone after the referendum would have “particular implications” for the offshore sector.

The minister responsible for North Sea oil and gas – who was born and raised in Scotland – said he had been asked repeatedly about the independence issue by energy investors on trade trips across the globe.

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