Sturgeon says Scotland's Future now 'drives the debate'

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Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told MSPs that Scotland's Future was "the most detailed prospectus for the independence of a country that has ever been published", during a ministerial statement on 26 November 2013.

First Minister Alex Salmond launched his government's independence blueprint, Scotland's Future calling it a "mission statement" for the future, earlier in the day.

The White Paper, titled Scotland's Future: Your guide to an independent Scotland, promised a "revolution" in social policy, with childcare at its heart.

The launch came ahead of next September's independence referendum.

On 18 September 2014, Scots voters will be asked the yes/no question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?"

Ms Sturgeon said: "As of today, Scotland's future really is in Scotland's hands" and that the White Paper would now be the "document that drives the debate".

Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont said the document was 670 pages of "assertion and uncertainty" amplified by the statement from the deputy first minister.

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