Independence plans published

Plans for Scotland's "Independence Day" have been published by the Scottish Government.

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Scotland would have to 're-negotiate' world relations

Advice on what will happen to Scotland if it became independent from the UK will be published today.

A summary of the report, issued from Downing Street ahead of the publication, revealed that it was an "unusual step" for the Government to publish full legal opinion from experts.

If Scotland became independent, only the remainder of the UK would automatically continue to exercise the same rights, obligations and powers under international law as the UK currently does, and would not have to re-negotiate existing treaties or re-apply for membership of international organisations.

– Government issued summary of the report on Scottish independence
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David Cameron launches defence of United Kingdom

David Cameron speaks during Prime Minister's Questions Credit: PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images

David Cameron has launched a defence of the United Kingdom as his government prepares to put the "facts" about Scottish independence to the public.

While people in Scotland will make the decision in autumn next year, the implications will have obvious impacts across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the Conservative leader said.

"Britain is admired around the world as a source of prosperity, power and security," he said.

"Those glorious Olympics last summer reminded us just what we were capable of when we pull together: Scottish, English, Welsh, Northern Irish, all in the same boat - sometimes literally.

"If you told many people watching those Olympics around the world that we were going to erect barriers between our people, they'd probably be baffled. Put simply: Britain works. Britain works well. Why break it?"

Cameron spoke out one day before the government publishes the first in a series of analysis papers about Scotland's role in the union.

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Scottish government draws up independence plans

If voters say 'yes' in the 2014 referendum, independence day would be in March 2016 Credit: Press Association

The Scottish government has drawn up a detailed plan for transition to independence, according to BBC Scotland.

The plans, based on a "yes" vote in the 2014 referendum, independence day would be some time in Scotland in 2016. Elections to the independent parliament would follow in May.

The paper calls for UK ministers to open talks on transition now, but the prime minister has said he will not pre-negotiate independence.

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Scottish Independence 'would deliver faster growth'

Independence would "provide Scotland with the opportunity to capture and deliver faster sustainable economic growth, with greater opportunities to tackle key challenges in sustainability and inequality over the long-term", according to a report by The Fiscal Commission Working Group.

It described Scotland as a "wealthy country" which is "on a par with many other successful independent countries".

The panel of experts highlighted a number of key strengths in the Scottish economy, including the energy sector, life sciences, food and drink and tourism.

But it said the country faced a number of challenges "not least tackling the long-term growth gap between Scotland and other comparable countries".

It is clear that over the long-term, Scotland has not completely fulfilled its economic potential.

– The Fiscal Commission Working Group report
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Scotland warned against independence from UK

The UK Government will today reveal the advice it has been given on what would happen if Scotland became independent from the rest of the UK.

According to Professors James Crawford and Alan Boyle, who set out their opinions in the paper, Scotland would be treated as a new country, having to renegotiate its relationship with world bodies.

Two men wave a Union and Saltire flags in Edinburgh, Scotland Credit: David Cheskin/PA Archive

The Scottish Government issued a paper last week, which assuming a Yes vote occurred in autumn 2014, could see negotiations between Scottish ministers and the UK Government, EU and international organisations concluded by March 2016.

Today's publication does not include specific advice from the European Commission on the implications of Scottish independence in the EU.

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SNP: Govt report shows 'breathtaking arrogance'

The government is making its case against Scottish Independence today.

David Cameron is releasing the first in a series of reports, highlighting how the UK and Scotland benefit from the union.

Speaking in an ITV Daybreak interview Stuart Maxwell from the Scottish National Party said the UK Government's report today showed a "breathtaking arrogance" over their "supposed" recognition of Scotland as an equal partner.

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Independence Union case

Scottish Secretary Michael Moore has begun outlining case for the Union to remain Credit: ITV Border

The UK government is setting out its case for the Union, ahead of the 2014 Scottish independence referendum.

Westminster says it will explain in detail why people and companies in Scotland benefit from its place in the UK.

Scottish Secretary Michael Moore began outlining the Government's vision if the Union continues.

Dumfriesshire MSP welcomes road improvements

Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray said she is 'relieved' that the Scottish Government is investing 36 million pounds to improve the safety of roads in the south of Scotland.

Major improvement works will take place on the A77 Symington to Bogend Toll, A75 Dunragit Bypass and the A75 Hardgrove to Kinmount.

“I am relieved that the Scottish Government are finally investing in roads south of the central belt.

"For too long there have been accidents and fatalities on these roads, and I have long campaigned for an upgrade to allow substantial overtaking opportunities.

“With the work scheduled to finish in 2014, it is imperative that the Scottish Government start progress soon, and work to the timetabled programme to ensure there are no further delays.”

– Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray

Borders MP slams independence paper

Scottish Secretary Michael Moore, a Borders MP, has accused the Scottish Government of creating a distraction from the bigger issues.

"Once again, they are devoting their energy to the picture-frame when they don't have a painting to put in it.

"We have not even got a date for the referendum, let alone any detail on what independence would mean for people in areas like the economy, welfare, energy and financial services.

"We have already been setting out our views in public on the issue of the post-referendum process.

"We will spell out further thoughts on this process in our forthcoming analysis papers, including our first paper, in February."

– Scottish Secretary of State, Michael Moore

Independence report to 'pressure UK Government'

The SNP say the paper puts pressure on the UK Government to open talks about the transition process before the vote in 2014.

"Today's paper provides the people of Scotland with a clear road map as to how Scotland would make the journey from a devolved system of government with the levers of power retained at Westminster, to a nation in which the powers of our national Parliament are complete and in which the people are sovereign."

– Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon
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