Alain Gagnon, of the University of Quebec in Montreal, has stated: “People need to be aware, if you go for a referendum, if you lose it you will have to pay a price. You can’t lose the referendum and not lose something else”.
The Sunday Herald reports Bernard Drainville of Parti Quebecois as saying:” … I am convinced that the strength of the Scottish indy movement is the key determinant of Scotland’s bargaining power with London.
The fact that there is a strong indy movement gives you the strength to protect your interests, to get the better deal from London … So my advice to Scots would be: don’t miss your chance.
The big advantage that Scotland has is its natural resources, its oil, its financial sector. You can manage, you can do it.”