When is a White Paper not a White Paper? When it is a Scottish Government White Paper. Or so say the opponents of independence.
ITV Border's Political Editor Peter MacMahon talks about the announcement that will outline what independence will mean for Scotland.
ITV Border Political Editor, Peter MacMahon on the tough economic choices facing an independent Scotland.
A suggestion that an independent Scotland would have to apply for membership of the European Union as a new state has been dismissed by a member of Alex Salmond's cabinet.
Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said if there was a Yes vote in next year's referendum, Scotland would negotiate to become an independent member of the EU from within Europe.
Speaking to BBC Radio Scotland, he said the country would enjoy a:
– Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead
"seamless transition because we have the unique position that we're not joining Europe from outside of Europe, we're joining Europe from within Europe."
He spoke out after Spanish prime minster Mariano Rajoy said that if part of an existing member state became independent, it would be "left out of the European Union" and would need to apply for membership as a new state.
Mr Rajoy reportedly told a press conference in Madrid yesterday:
– Mariano Rajoy, Spanish Prime Minister
"I would like to see the consequences of secession presented to Scots in a realist way. Citizens have the right to be well-informed.
"If part of a member state becomes independent, it would be left out of the European Union and it would be good for citizens (in the EU) and Scots to know that. EU entry would need to be be approved by all 28 member states."
After comments made by Mariano Rajoy, Prime Minister of Spain concerning an independent Scotland's membership of the EU, Better Together leader Alistair Darling said:
This is another blow to Alex Salmond's claims that nothing would change if we vote to go it alone. The Spanish Prime Minister has just made it clear that everything would change.
We now know what the position of the Spanish government would be if we vote for independence. This has created even more uncertainty.
The Prime Minister of Spain has said that Scotland will remain outside the European Union if it becomes independent of the UK.
EU rules state that new countries require a unanimous vote by existing member states if they are to join the union.
But speaking today at a joint press conference with France's Francois Hollande, Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy suggested he would use his country's veto if Scotland applied.
"It is very clear to me, as it is for the rest of the world that a region that obtains independence which is part of a nation state of the EU will stay outside the EU," he said.
"The citizens know it, the Scottish know it - as do all the rest of the citizens of the EU."
Spain's position may be influenced by the likelihood of a would-be independent Catalonia also wanting to remain within the union.
Borders MP Michael Moore has been reacting to yesterday's launch of the Scottish Government's White Paper on Scottish independence.
We asked him what his first thoughts were on the document.
Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown has been responding to the White Paper launched by the SNP yesterday.
The MP said that the people of Scotland need answers to their questions to make their decision - answers he believes have not been set out in the 670 pages of the White Paper.
Giving her reaction to the launch of Scottish Government White Paper, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson MSP said:
“There is nothing in today’s White Paper to justify the break-up of a country that has been built up over 300 years of shared endeavour.
“In fact, the centrepiece – more childcare for Scottish families – is a promise Alex Salmond could have delivered at any time in the last six years under devolution.
“When it comes to tough questions such as currency, pensions and EU membership, there is a lot of assertion from the SNP, but little in the way of hard facts or possible alternatives.
“The Scottish Government spends little more than two pages in a 650-page document outlining a currency position.
“Even those two pages are riddled with assumptions the SNP is in no position to deliver.
“Scotland has the best of both worlds – a Scottish Parliament taking decisions on issues like health and education, as well as being part of a larger UK and all the economic strength and security that brings.
– Ruth Davidson MSP, Leader, Scottish Conservatives
“The people of Scotland, who have waited a long time to hear Alex Salmond’s detailed answers on what independence would look like, will be sorely disappointed today.
“This is not a White Paper, it’s an SNP manifesto – one full of gaping holes where the costs should be.”
John Miller Transport are a local haulage firm based in Lockerbie.
Director Davie Carson says that there are three important questions that have not been answered:
Dumfriesshire MP David Mundell spoke to ITV Border's Political Editor Peter MacMahon after the White Paper launch.
He said that the blueprint fails to answer some questions and is "wishlist, not a pricelist":
Deputy Minister Nicola Sturgeon joined Alex Salmond on stage to launch the SNP's White Paper.
She envisages 24th March 2016 as the date, should Scotland vote yes, for the country to become an independent country.
Sturgeon's particular focus within this white paper addresses the topics of women and child, the bedroom tax and welfare reform, and pensions.
The SNP has set out shop with a proposal that Scotland become independent, it intends to provide free child care for all pre-school children.
This is a policy, they say, that is dual purpose; good for the youngest children and their parents.
It would also mean that by supporting more women to go into the workplace, it would generate more tax revenues.