Myth: “The Yes campaign and the SNP are the same thing.”
Fact: The Yes campaign and the SNP are different. The former is a cross-party and non-party campaign made up of pro-independence supporting political parties, organisations and individuals. The latter is a pro-independence political party.
The SNP are a pro-independence political party.Winning a majority in 2011 provided them with a mandate to hold a referendum on independence. They will produce a White Paper on independence this year, setting out the substance of independence.
Yes Scotland is the cross-party and non-party campaign for independence. They are connected to no political party, and make all decisions internally. Their advisory board, employees, activists and supporters come from a range of political and non-political backgrounds, including Yes Scotland, Radical Independence, Scottish Independence Convention, SNP, Scottish Green Party, Scottish Socialist Party, Labour for Independence, Women for Independence – Independence for Women, Youth & Students for Independence, and National Collective – Artists and Creatives for Scottish Independence.
While the SNP is expected by the media to explain the practicalities of independence, Yes Scotland exists to support and organise pro-independence activists, and promote the arguments for an independent Scotland.
Photograph by Peter McNally