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What would an independent Scotland mean for the UK?

25 November 2013 Last updated at 22:51 GMT

The Scottish government will set out its blueprint for an independent Scotland on Tuesday, ahead of next year's referendum.

First Minister Alex Salmond has claimed that no country has ever been better equipped to become an independent state.

However, if the people of Scotland do vote for independence, what might that mean for people living in England, Wales and Northern Ireland?

The BBC's political editor, James Landale, reports.