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Former PM warns Scottish independence could lead to deeper cuts

Breaking up the UK could lead to deeper cuts in public expenditure in Scotland, the former prime minister has warned.

Gordon Brown warns Scottish independence could lead to deeper cuts. Credit: Reuters/Toby Melville

In a lecture at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Gordon Brown also warned that the proposed second question on so-called devo max would be bad for Scotland.

He said: "If you break up the fiscal union, if you break up the sharing and pooling of resources across the UK, then it's clear that you will either have to cut public expenditure massively beyond what is being done at the moment, or you will have to tax Scottish people more."