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CBI: Scottish independence plan 'does not add up'

The Scottish Government blueprint for independence "does not add up", with Nationalists ignoring the need for deficit reduction while promising at least £670m of "unfunded" spending commitments, the CBI business group has claimed.

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Scottish independence plan 'does not add up'

CBI chief John Cridland criticised the Scottish Government's figures. Credit: PA

The Scottish Government blueprint for independence "does not add up", with Nationalists ignoring the need for deficit reduction while promising at least £670 million of "unfunded" spending commitments, a business leader claimed.

John Cridland, director-general of the CBI, said the "lack of clarity" in the White Paper could put an independent Scotland's future success in jeopardy.

He hit out as the business organisation - which represents 240,000 firms across the UK - published its response to the independence White Paper launched by First Minister Alex Salmond last November.

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