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Broadcaster insists EU advice 'clear'

Political broadcaster Andrew Neil has told BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme that First Minister Alex Salmond told him his government had had legal advice on an independent Scotland's status in Europe.

Mr Neil said when he questioned Mr Salmond it "never crossed my mind that whether or not he had legal advice was a matter of contention".

He stated: "The thrust of my interview accepted that he had legal advice because he had told me so."

The BBC journalist was commenting in the wake of the SNP government saying it did not have legal advice, but was now prepared to commission that advice.