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Scotland could 'face risks in oil, finance and pensions'

Scottish nationalists have severely underestimated the economic risks of independence, according to a centre-right think tank.

An independent Scotland would face three major risks in oil, finance and pensions, the Centre for Policy Studies said.

An instillation in the North Sea. Credit: PA

Its report, entitled Why Scots Should Say No, suggests that the North Sea revenue for the Scottish government would fall from £10.1 billion in 2011-12, but only £5.5bn in 2013-14, to £3.7bn in 2016-17, some £3.2 billion adrift of the £6.9 billion predicted by the Yes campaign.

The "probable" flight of a large proportion of the financial services sector from Scotland, as indicated by announcement by RBS, Lloyds, Clydesdale and Standard Life last week, could leave revenues of £47.7 billion in 2016-17, excluding North Sea oil, which is about £9.2 billion lower than the £57.3 billion forecast by nationalists, the report said.

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