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Swinney says 'No U-turn' on Trident in Sterling zone deal

11 April 2014 Last updated at 13:19 BST

John Swinney MSP has rejected suggestions of a Scottish government U-turn on Trident in return for a Sterling zone in an independent Scotland.

Mr Swinney said: "No, there is no truth in that whatsoever and the SNP government has been very clear."

He went on: "One of the purposes of independence is to remove nuclear weapons from Scottish waters and Scottish soil".

The Scottish finance minister had been responding to a reader's question during a BBC Scotland News webcast ahead of the SNP party conference in Aberdeen.

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