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Full report: Scottish government publishes vision for independence

It could be one the most important documents in the history of the country.

The Scottish government has finally published its vision for an independent Scotland.

It reveals how the country could develop if Scots vote yes in next year's independence referendum.

The SNP says it would keep an open border with England, but listed a number of policies to attract more business to Scotland.

Dan Ashby looks reports.

An independent Scotland "would aim for an open border with Northumberland"

The Scottish Government says if the country went independent, it would aim to have an open border with Northumberland and keep the pound.

Today, November 26, it published its vision for independence, which also included a commitment to lower corporation tax.

But one business in Alnwick said it would not be tempted to move north of the border.


SNP sets out plans for independence

Breaking off? Scotland could become an independent country in 2016. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The SNP has published a 670-page White Paper setting out its plans for independence.

The long-awaited document includes a wealth of policy details.

If in power in an independent Scotland, the SNP would roll back many of the UK Government’s policies including the so-called ‘bedroom tax’, Universal Credit and the married couples tax allowance.

They would also slash air passenger duty by 50 per cent and corporation tax by three per cent.

Memorial service for North Sea helicopter crash victims

Duncan Munro, 46, from County Durham, died in August.

An oil worker from County Durham, who was killed in a North Sea helicopter crash, has been remembered at a memorial service.

Duncan Munro, 46, died in August when the Super Puma helicopter he was travelling in plunged into the sea off the coast of Scotland.

He died along with three colleagues. The church service in Aberdeen was dedicated to all people who have lost their lives offshore during the last year.



Fourth avalanche victim named

Dr Rachel Majumdar, 29, has been named as the fourth victim who died in an avalanche in the Scottish Highlands. Credit: Family Handout/PA Wire

The fourth person killed in an avalanche in the Scottish Highlands has been named by police.

Rachel Majumdar, 29, was a doctor working at Harrogate District Hospital in North Yorkshire.

She was originally from Merseyside and was most recently living in Leeds, Northern Constabulary said today.


Couple who died in avalanche had 'such a good future'

Tom Chesters and Rachel Majumdar, who both died in an avalanche in the Scottish Highlands, had been dating for several years and had "such a good future together".

Sam Morris, 35, said the only consolation in the tragedy was that the couple died side-by-side doing something they both loved.

They were in love since they met in their first year of university. They were just so soft and sweet with each other - two people so at ease together. They were having fun making plans.

They had dreams of doing voluntary work oversees together. Some of the comfort we have drawn is that these guys had been together to the end. At least they were doing what they liked doing.

County Durham woman injured in Scottish avalanche

A woman from County Durham is believed to be among one of six people who were caught in an avalanche in Scotland yesterday.

Four people were killed in the avalanche at Bidean Nam Bian in Glencoe at around 2pm on Saturday. The 24-year-old woman, from the Durham area, was taken to Southern General Hospital in Glasgow suffering from serious head injuries. She remains in a critical condition.

Around The House: Tonight at 11.35pm on ITV1

Around the House
Around The House at 11.35pm on ITV1 Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The former Health Secretary Alan Milburn joins Helen Ford at Westminster, to discuss the challenges of his new role as Chairman of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission.

Also in the programme, a panel of MPs look ahead to next month's Police Commissioner elections, and ask whether a Yes/No vote really will settle the question of independence for Scotland.

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