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PM: 'Scotland better in Britain'

The UK Government will today reveal the advice it has been given on what would happen if Scotland became independent from the rest of the UK. It comes after David Cameron launched a defence of the United Kingdom at the weekend.

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Scottish government draws up independence plans

If voters say 'yes' in the 2014 referendum, independence day would be in March 2016 Credit: Press Association

The Scottish government has drawn up a detailed plan for transition to independence, according to BBC Scotland.

The plans, based on a "yes" vote in the 2014 referendum, independence day would be some time in Scotland in 2016. Elections to the independent parliament would follow in May.

The paper calls for UK ministers to open talks on transition now, but the prime minister has said he will not pre-negotiate independence.

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