Report: Referendum white paper launch

Key points

  • The Scottish government published its blueprint for independence, ahead of next September's referendum
  • "Scotland's future: Your guide to an independent Scotland", was launched in Glasgow on Tuesday morning
  • On 18 September, 2014, Scots voters will be asked the yes/no question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?"

Live text

Reporting:

  • BBC Scotland reporters 

Last updated 26 November 2013

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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the launch of the Scottish government's blueprint for independence.

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The 670-page white paper, entitled "Scotland's future: Your guide to an independent Scotland", comes ahead of the independence referendum, on 18 September, next year.

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The document is being launched in Glasgow this morning, followed by a government statement in the Scottish Parliament this afternoon.

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Andrew Black, Political reporter, BBC Scotland

Scotland's deputy first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, says the white paper has a "heavy focus" on addressing questions that people want answered. The SNP's critics say the document must do that on all fronts for it to be credible.

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Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says an independent Scotland would be a "confident country" with "close links" to the rest of the UK.

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Maintaining a currency union would be in the "best interests" of Scotland and the rest of the UK, Nicola Sturgeon says.

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Nicola Sturgeon says those in favour of a "no" vote are trying to "frighten people" about the possible outcomes of independence.