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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.

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