Scotland's First Minister says farmers and fishermen would get better funding from the European Union if the country votes for independence.
Alex Salmond was speaking in Hawick as part of the Scottish Cabinet summer tour.
Ministers met at Borders College this morning and a question and answer session is currently taking place in Hawick High School.
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