Scottish White Paper: Your views

A boy waves the satire with Big Ben in the background The historic vote on independence in 2014 may see Scotland leave the United Kingdom

The Scottish government has published its detailed plans for independence.

The 649-page White Paper sets out what it describes as the "choice between two futures" that will face voters in the referendum next September.

Here, people in Scotland and elsewhere in the UK share their views on the future of Scotland and the SNP's independence blueprint.

Colin Laing, 48, HGV truck driver, Aberfeldy

This is an important moment - it shows people who haven't made up their minds that Scotland will continue after independence. Life won't be totally different. It's just that the fiscal levers will be changed to try to create jobs and stimulate the economy.

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Colin Laing

I would rather live in an independent country that can make its own decisions and stand proud in the world”

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I believe whole-heartedly in an independent Scotland. The economic case is clear, the social case is clear, the defence case is clear.

I work in the construction industry and for the last two years I've seen a vibrant and busy Scotland. My concrete truck has not stopped turning a wheel for the last two years building infrastructure for power projects. It shows there is money in the Scottish economy.

Oil reserves may be declining but we have a bright future in the renewable energy sector - I see that on the ground.

I think Scottish people are more socially aware. We care more about education and making sure our community is well-looked after than our own personal wealth. I think this will be enhanced in an independent Scotland.

I have never seen any need for nuclear weapons. I live only some 50 miles from where they are based. I see no reason for keeping them there. An independent Scotland could have a defence force suitable for its needs.

Whether we are richer or poorer I don't care as money is not my god. I would rather live in an independent country that can make its own decisions and stand proud in the world. It's about self-respect and pride.

Alfie Langlands, 28, account manager, Edinburgh

For me there are still too many "ifs, buts and maybes" and the headline policies are a bit idealistic.

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Alfie Langlands

It looks as though I will automatically lose my British citizenship which I'd be extremely disappointed about”

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I'm sure the rest of the UK won't just accept that Scotland will keep the pound. If the Bank of England is still our lender of last resort, I'm sure they'd want a say in our fiscal policies.

How would they go about renationalisation of the Royal Mail and how much would it cost?

It looks as though, as a Scottish-born British citizen, I will automatically lose my British citizenship - which I'd be extremely disappointed about.

There is so much to unpick and negotiate, ranging from currency negotiations to separating from British embassies around the world. It seems a massive waste of time and money when resources would be better spent on getting the economy up and running.

The debate raises some good questions that challenge the status quo, and part of me does sway towards a Yes vote.

But the divorce is final, and that is too much of a risk - "devo-max" and perhaps a more federalised system across the UK is my ideal option.

It's not just Scotland that has a different economy and different social priorities to London. I'm sure there are people in the North East, North West and South West of England as well Wales and Northern Ireland that would prefer more decisions to be made locally.

Kevan Lock, 47, window cleaner, Argyll

Kevan Lock

I am an undecided voter and what I heard about the blueprint for Scotland was very positive and aspirational.

The SNP has put forward positive ideas - such as support for childcare. Doing that will allow women to get back to work and help boost the economy.

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Having heard about the white paper, I am more inclined to vote for independence”

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It's good to finally get a plan which people can now discuss. There is a framework that people can look at to see how it might affect them.

There's lots of rhetoric flying around the debate on independence and not very much substance. It seems hard to get an independent view of the fiscal case.

Most people seem to be worried about whether the country can afford to go independent. But the No campaign hasn't made guarantees about the kind of funding Scotland will get if the country does remain in the union.

Having heard about the White Paper, I am more inclined to vote for independence. This is partly because the "Yes campaign" is far more positive.

The "Better Together" campaign are too negative. I would like to see the No campaign make more of a positive case for Scotland staying in the union. I also want to see more details from them.

Three of four months ago I was definitely a "no" voter. I am more inclined to vote "yes", but I still haven't made up my mind.

Susan Parker, 65, retired, Newton Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway

I love living in Scotland and my grandchildren were born here.

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I would like to see more local control but not independence”

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I enjoy the fact that health services are better here and education - whilst experiencing cuts - has not been such a political football as in England.

I see myself as a British person who happens to be living in a border county of Scotland. My fear is that there would be a rise of nationalism if there was an independent Scotland.

This is a power trip for Salmond and I do not trust the SNP to be a safe pair of hands.

Having 30 hours-a-week paid childcare would be absolutely superb - but I think it's pie in the sky.

When it comes to spending plans, it will be hard to keep to the existing budget if Scotland went independent, let alone increase commitments. It is easy to make promises.

I would like to see more local control but not independence. Instead I'm hoping that we can have "devo max". When you travel to Scotland's Highlands and Islands it is hard to envisage that London-centric government can understand rural communities. More policies can be managed by Holyrood.

I am hoping for a close result but that result to be a No.

Gavin McGurk, 23, student, Paisley

Gavin McGurk

I am 100% in favour of Scottish Independence and what I've heard about the White Paper hasn't changed my mind.

Having cast my first ever vote in the 2010 general election I was, like so many others, duped into wasting it on the enticing policies of the Lib Dems.

I knew there was no way for the Lib Dems to gain a majority and win the election. I felt comforted that so many others in Scotland would be voting Labour that would at the very least keep the dreaded Tories out of power.

I was shocked that despite all but one Scottish constituencies voting against the Tories, the Conservatives still managed to end up with a near majority. It was then that I realised that my vote counted for nothing.

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It's about having my vote count for something”

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From that point on, it became clear that if I ever wanted the government I voted for, then independence was the only way.

It's not about patriotism, or being anti-English or even about gaining more money from oil revenues. It's about having my vote count for something.

Having recently visited Iceland, I was surprised to find they pay nearly 40% in basic income tax. They appear to do so quite happily because they know that their education, healthcare and many other public services are covered. That is the kind of place I want Scotland to become.

Nigel Tigwell, 52, National Trust volunteer, Tavistock, Devon (formerly Gartocharn, Dumbartonshire)

Nigel Tigwell

The very separate issues of (1) the economic and social case for Scottish independence and (2) the SNP manifesto for future elections within Scotland are being combined and confused here.

The SNP can deliver its ambitions on tax, welfare and childcare with Devo-Max (or just Devo-More) without the need for independence.

In this list it is only the issue of removing Trident weapons that would require independence.

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I would have very much wanted to vote”

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Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon are both very clever politicians and their announcements need to be analysed carefully.

Sadly I do not have a vote in this referendum, but I passionately believe that those who do have the vote must be presented with clear factual evidence on the case for and against independence without being confused by political 'promises' and spin about what may or may not be possible by 2016 dependent on the economic circumstances and which party is in power at the time.

I feel a very strong tie with Scotland. Both my children were born there and despite living in Devon, we feel immersed in Scottish culture.

Apart from where I live now it is the closest place I feel to home.

I would have very much wanted to vote as primarily this is a desperately important issue not just for Scotland but for the UK as a whole.

I would vote against independence and my wife would vote for it.

Simon Wismayer, 52, Management Consultant, Weybridge, Surrey

So one of your family members wants to leave the family. Do you give them an independent veto whether to remain or do you think the whole family ought to discuss it, since it affects everyone?

Simon Wismayer

I don't understand why Scotland has been allowed a veto on whether to stay in the UK family when the rest of us don't have a voice.

History has already shown us that Abraham Lincoln was so convinced in the strength of a UNITED States that he went to war over the Southern States trying to back out of their Union - and history proved him right as the US is by far the richest, most powerful country in the world.

I believe our Union is stronger together also.

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This will not serve Scotland's future interests better”

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It's better for Scotland and it's better for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Scotland is safer and stronger in the United Kingdom and vice versa.

I don't believe the SNP has done their sums and they are maybe relying too much on oil fields that aren't going to last forever.

This is a one-off change that will create centuries of history through just one vote.

The Scots are a proud nation. I am sure they are honoured to be given this opportunity to veto, but I would ask them not to throw away an age-hardened Union that was forged in blood.

This will not serve Scotland's future interests better.

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