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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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Scotland would have to 're-negotiate' world relations

Advice on what will happen to Scotland if it became independent from the UK will be published today.

A summary of the report, issued from Downing Street ahead of the publication, revealed that it was an "unusual step" for the Government to publish full legal opinion from experts.

If Scotland became independent, only the remainder of the UK would automatically continue to exercise the same rights, obligations and powers under international law as the UK currently does, and would not have to re-negotiate existing treaties or re-apply for membership of international organisations.

– Government issued summary of the report on Scottish independence

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