Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has set out the reasons why "business as usual" is no longer appropriate for Scotland.
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has pledged to reveal details of his plans for independence next month, 10 months before a referendum
With exactly a year to go before Scotland votes on independence, economic concerns have come to the fore and are likely to remain there.
Scotland's First Minister has paid tribute to the four people who lost their lives when a police helicopter crashed into a crowded bar in Glasgow on Friday night:
The helicopter crew who have died were working to protect the public. Gary Arthur and the other civilian fatalities were enjoying themselves on a Friday night. These losses are keenly felt. I offer my condolences to the families of all four named by the police, as well as those still waiting for certainty as to what has happened to their loved ones.
– first minister alex salmond
Constable Kirsty Nelis and Constable Tony Collins, along with Captain Dave Traill, worked to keep us safe. Their families can take pride in the service they have shown the people of Scotland – service that has seen both officers commended for their bravery ...
Tragedies do not define people, cities or countries. They are defined by how we respond, how we endure and how we recover. We have responded, we endure and Glasgow and Scotland will recover.
First Minister Alex Salmond has said that excluding an independent Scotland from the sterling currency would leave a "massive hole in the UK balance of payments".
He told ITV News it would be in the interests of both governments to continue using the pound and that he expected Westminster to "live up to their side of the bargain".
– scottish first minister alex salmond
We'd become independent in more promising circumstances than virtually any other nation in history.
That reflects our underlying economic strength. An independent Scotland could have the eighth highest economic output and the 10th highest national income per head of population in the whole of the developed world.
We have contributed more in taxes per person than the rest of the UK for every single one of the last 32 years.
One reporter asks why Scottish voters should trust that the SNP will deliver on its independence pledges.
Salmond says that the SNP's election success to date shows that people trust it to deliver on its vision.
He says people should read the White Paper to see the level of detail it has gone into to describe how independence would work.
Alex Salmond has said that an independent Scotland would accept a share of liabilities from the sterling currency, but that it would also expect a share of assets.
He also said he does not want an independent Scotland to join the Euro currency, and he thinks it would be "enthusiastically received into European structure" regardless.
Expanding on the issue of borders with the rest of the UK, Alex Salmond says there would be no border controls on travelling from England or Ireland.
But he said there would be controls on people arriving from outside that common travel area.
We are entitled to a share of UK assets says Salmond: like BBC, Bank of England, sterling. Not for UK govt to say Scotland can't have share
Alex Salmond has been asked what independence would cost the average Scot.
He cites figures showing that they would have been £2,400 better off over the last five years if Scotland had controlled its own finances in that period.
In the first year of independence, Scots would be around £600 better off on average, he says.
Alex Salmond is presenting the suggestion that an independent Scotland would not be able to watch the BBC as scaremongering.
He points out that the recent 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who was simultaneously broadcast in some 80 countries.
Alex Salmond says that an independent Scotland would have a lower level of debt as a share of GDP than the whole of UK. This is because GDP would be higher, he added.