THE former principal officer in Scotland for Barack Obama has criticised Westminster for its intellectual dishonesty over Scottish independence.

The Times revealed that Dana Linnet, a main go-between for Holyrood and the US government during Obama’s presidency, hit out at the Tory Government for its attitude to Scotland wanting to return to the European Union as an independent nation.

During 2014, the pro-Union side had argued voting Yes would remove Scottish citizens’ EU citizenship. More recently Westminster has been critical of the SNP’s desire for Scotland, which voted to Remain in the 2016 Brexit referendum, to rejoin the EU after independence is won.

Linnet commented: “The UK government can’t say in 2014 that Scottish independence would be bad because Scotland would not be an EU member anymore with all those huge economic benefits and then say in 2018 that Scotland can’t be independent post-Brexit with no EU economic benefits.

“Makes no sense. None of their words were/are intellectually honest or proven by sound economic data. I hope the EU does leave the light on for you. As I’ve said many times I have no dog in your fight but I can see ‘what’s what’ …”

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The news follows former European Council president Donald Tusk’s suggestion that there would be enthusiasm in the EU if Scotland moved to become a member of the bloc as an independent country.

Linnet’s criticism also comes after three polls over the last week put support for Scottish independence higher than support for the Union.

SNP depute leader Keith Brown said Linnet was “spot on”.

He continued: “The Tories’ arguments have zero credibility or consistency.

“The only reason the UK Government is trying to deny [an independence referendum] is because they are scared they would lose and that the people of Scotland will choose a better future as an equal, independent European nation.”

The US consulate did not comment on Linnet’s claims.

In 2014, when asked about Scottish independence, Obama said it was the US’ desire to keep a “strong, robust, united and effective partner” – but went on to say the decision was “up to the people of Scotland”.