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.
Alex Salmond tells reporters that independence would address a "democratic deficit" whereby Scots vote in one direction and Westminster acts in another.
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has said that an independent Scotland would have "huge hydrocarbon resources for the next half century" but that it has to develop renewables for the period after that.
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has commended workers at the Grangemouth refinery for making a "substantial sacrifice" in order to keep the plant open.
He said the agreement was a "great achievement" by a range of different parties with an interest on the plant's future.
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond said: "This news is a tremendous fillip for the workforce and the whole Grangemouth community, following what could have been a potential disaster.
"It's been a great team effort from all concerned, including the unions and workforce, the management, Governments - and BP, who have made a material contribution to help defend and secure Scottish jobs and livelihoods.
"I am delighted that people have rallied round to protect these jobs, and now we can all agree that Grangemouth has an outstanding future."
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has begun talks with the Unite union over how to save 800 jobs at the Grangemouth petrochemical factory, which its owners plan to close.
Mr Salmond is negotiating with Unite General secretary Len McCluskey and Unite's Scottish secretary Pat Rafferty. Mr McCluskey said earlier the union had decided to embrace a survival plan for the plant "warts and all".
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has said he is "not accepting that we are going to have a closure" at the Grangemouth facility.
"I am not prepared to give up on Grangemouth and I don't think anyone else should be either," he told BBC News.
Mr Salmond said that Ineos' management and the union were "inches away" from an agreement, which ultimately failed because of "nuances in the wording".
He called for a final effort to bring the two sides together.
First Minister Alex Salmond said England and Scotland would still be "close neighbours and great buddies" if his country was granted independence.
He told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show: "You don't change geography by changing where power lies, England and Scotland will still be close neighbours, great buddies, the Queen will be head of state.
"We'll co-operate together in all sorts of things, including as, I hope and believe, as members of the European Union."
Mr Salmond also said: "Of course (the issue of) identity is very, very important to people, it is also a question of where best Scotland should be governed from and where people trust the government of Scotland to be.
"I think the majority of people in Scotland trust the government in Edinburgh...to operate in Scottish interests and a very small minority of people trust the United Kingdom government."
He added: "Our task over the next year, of course, is to say look if it's the Scottish government that's trusted to deal with Scottish issues then that is where power should reside."
Alex Salmond has said that an SNP government would ensure that the minimum wage rises by the rate of inflation "at the very least".
"Never again will wages of the lowest paid in Scotland fail to keep up with the cost of living," he said.