Twelve unresolved questions on Scottish independence

Unresolved questions There are many unresolved questions - from getting rid of Trident to what currency Scotland would use

As the country begins gearing up for a Scottish independence referendum, debate surrounding how Scotland would go forward alone has been heating up.

But what would happen with defence, economic policy and other areas, should independence happen?

Can you think of other key questions which need answering? Let us know by sending your suggestions to and putting "independence questions" in the message field.

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1) What would happen with Trident if Scotland dispenses with a nuclear deterrent?

Britain's nuclear weapons system, made up of four submarines and based at the Faslane naval base, is strongly opposed by the Scottish government.

Westminster ministers have committed to replacing Trident - however, if Scotland became independent, the SNP would seek to see the removal of nuclear weapons from the Clyde.

The timescale for such a move is unknown, and would involve having to search for a suitable, alternative location for the nuclear deterrent.

In addition, UK Defence Secretary Philip Hammond had said Scotland would need to bear some of the relocation costs.

In response, Alex Salmond has branded him "arrogant" after the UK government, as the first minister puts it, imposed weapons of mass destruction and their associated clean-up costs on Scotland for 50 years.

The other issue is the question of what would happen to staff working at Faslane, an important local employer, should Trident be relocated.

2) What currency would Scotland have?

As a pro-European party, the SNP favours joining the single currency, "when the conditions are right" - remember the former UK government's five economic tests for signing up?

Current issues in the Eurozone mean one could hazard a guess that the conditions are probably not right at the moment, so, in the meantime, the SNP supports continued use of the pound.

Former Labour chancellor Alistair Darling says there is precedent here - Panama uses the Dollar - but he also argues Scotland may essentially find itself in a position where its interest rates, through the Bank of England, are set by a foreign country.

In response, the SNP says the pound is a fully "convertible currency", namely that it can be bought or sold without government restriction.

3) Who owns North Sea oil/gas and what happens to off-shore wind-power rights?

"It's Scotland's oil" is the long-held mantra of the SNP and, while it has sometimes been seen as more of a romantic declaration, expert opinion suggests it would be technically possible to designate Scottish waters as a specific area.

Like many other issues, resolving the issue would take a lot of complex negotiation - but there is a lot more to it than simple geography.

An independent Scotland could expect to have more than 80% of the UK's oil and gas revenue, subject to negotiation with the Westminster government.

The offshore industry delivers huge sums of tax money to the Treasury - possibly as much as £54bn in the next six years - and wouldn't be something it would be happy to give up lightly.

At the same time, Alex Salmond knows how much north sea oil could do for the Scottish economy - Norway's oil-fuelled state pension fund hit the 3 trillion kroner (£324bn) mark in 2010.

Billions of barrels of oil have been pumped from the North Sea since the mid-70s and it is believed between 25 and 30 billion could still be recovered over the next 40 years.

Shetland, site of the strategically vital Sullom Voe terminal, already has its own oil fund.

During the 1970's, a period of significant oil discoveries in the north sea, the UK government of the day did consider a suggestion to buy the north sea's major fields from BP.

This was ruled out largely, it is said, because of concerns over state interference.

4) What happens to MPs in Scotland?

It is likely that Scottish MPs, of which there are currently 59, would become a thing of the past.

This is based on the logic that an independent Scotland would recognise Holyrood as its full, national parliament.

5) How much debt would Scotland take on?

There's little doubt that Scotland would be expected to take on a share of UK national debt - the size of the share and the basis on which it should be calculated is up for discussion.

Alex Salmond would like it to be based either on a share of the UK's GDP, or population, which could put the figure at some £80bn.

But there are other issues to consider.

The debt could be serviced issuing bonds. An independent Scotland - would need its own credit rating.

SNP ministers say the UK government's own figures show that Scotland - whose budget is currently funded through a Treasury block grant - had a surplus of £19bn compared to the UK as a whole, between 1980 and 2009.

With no credit history, an independent Scotland may run into problems with the bond markets.

However, the SNP says it's "entirely confident" Scotland could, taking into account its own assets and resources, secure a top credit rating.

6) Would there be a separate Scottish military?

Yes. Or at least that would be SNP strategy.

Alex Salmond says the make-up of a new "Scottish Defence Force" would comprise one naval base - namely Faslane sans-Trident - one air base and one mobile armed brigade.

It's thought UK armed forces personnel would be given some kind of option on terms of joining the new service.

Like the Trident issue, this is also the subject of fierce debate, with UK Defence Secretary Phillip Hammond saying any plans to take British military units into a SDF would be "laughable".

Mr Salmond said his suggested SDF configuration is based on the outcome of the UK defence review - which seems at odds with his previous campaign to retain all three of Scotland's air force bases, amid the Westminster cuts.

7) What would happen to the BBC?

The future of the national institution that is the BBC in an independent Scotland is a grey area at the moment.

Taking the two extremes of what could happen - and there's currently no serious suggestion that they could - BBC Scotland could remain as is, it could be replaced by a new public service broadcaster, or any eventual reforms could be somewhere in-between.

In the context of Scotland as part of the union, the SNP, which has long advocated the devolution of broadcasting powers to Scotland, had previously called for the set up of a new, digital channel.

8) What would happen to Scotland's membership of the EU, the UN and IMF?

The debate in terms of these kinds of organisations has come down to what an independent Scotland's starting position would be when it comes to membership talks.

Taking the European Union issue as an example, one school of thought is that an independent Scotland would have to start membership talks as a total outsider.

Indeed, it has also been suggested that what remains of the UK, post-independence, would also have to renegotiate EU membership.

Alex Salmond disagrees, and says Scotland would be able to begin talks on its EU status "from within".

9) What would happen to Scotland's membership of Nato?

For decades, the SNP supported Scotland's withdrawal from Nato, because of its anti-nuclear stance. But that changed at the party's 2012 conference, when it voted for an independent Scotland to be a member of Nato.

The party's defence spokesman Angus Robertson proposed the change in defence policy, saying it would send a "very important message" to Scotland's neighbours and allies.

There are caveats to the U-turn, namely that an agreement to membership would be dependent on Trident nuclear weapons, currently based at Faslane Naval base on the Clyde, being removed from Scotland.

And an independent Scotland would also refuse to host nuclear weapons in the future.

However, dissenters within the SNP say that becoming a member of Nato will not get rid of Trident, while the party's opponents are sceptical that Nato itself would agree to the conditions.

10) Would there be border controls between Scotland and the rest of the UK?

There's currently no suggestion of a closed border between Scotland and England, with associated immigration controls.

11) Would Scottish students be charged EU tuition rates, and vice versa?

The current, devolved Scottish government has taken the decision that no Scottish student studying at home will pay fees, either up-front or post-graduation, while students coming from other parts of the UK will pay charges.

SNP ministers are also currently trying to find a way to end the current position where EU students coming to Scotland have their fees paid.

12) What would happen to the pandas?

Don't laugh - this has been asked as a serious question.

The two giant pandas resident at Edinburgh Zoo - the first to live in the UK for 17 years - came under an agreement with China.

Regardless of the constitutional path Scotland takes, it's likely Tian Tian and Yang Guang, would remain under the 10-year agreement with the zoo.

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    Stephen Maguire

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    Port of Grangemouth

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    Arthur Green

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    Loony Dook 2014

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    engineering jobs

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    forth road bridge

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    clutha helicopter

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    Susie Wolff

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    Surjit Singh Chhokar

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    Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

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    #BlackFriday #ScotlandLive 10:42: Black Frightday - Your views

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    smith commission

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    Hawick hospital

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    Sherlock Holmes in book quiz

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    the national

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    #BlackFriday #ScotlandLive 09:55: Black Frightday - Your views

    Kara: The people acting like animals just because of 'black friday' at silverburn are disgusting! Get a grip

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    Govanite: #BlackFriday Glasgow Style. Tesco Silverburn shut down due to fighting

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    Meal Makers food scheme participants

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    Hermiston- EDN City Bypass - 1 lane closed. Slow traffic - Road traffic collision E/B btw Calder Junction and B701 (Baberton Junction). Ambulance is there

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    Celtic manager Ronny Deila looks on

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    Oil rig

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    09:26: Today's papers

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    'Blueprint for a stronger and better Scotland' is the headline in the Scotsman, while The Herald focuses on the "furious clashes" that erupted after Nicola Sturgeon described the report at "disappointing".


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    09:18: Black Frightday

    A shopper caught up in the Black Friday frenzy at a Tesco store in Glasgow has told BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme she never wants to repeat the experience.

    Shoppers at Black Friday sales in Tesco Silverburn, Pollok, Glasgow

    Police were called to stores across the country after reports of scuffles among bargain-hunters.

    Fiona Murray was at the 24-hour Tesco at the Silverburn shopping centre in Pollok and said larger items like televisions had been placed in the foyer on pallets with a ribbon acting as a barrier.

    Staff were going to cut the ribbon at 00:01 but didn't get a chance.

    Ms Murray said: "I was at the back of the store and I was first in our little queue and it was a lovely atmosphere. All of a sudden you just heard one person trying to get in to see what was underneath the wrapped pallets.

    "That then caused someone else to try and grab it and they started to take the items before the staff were able to go in and allow it to happen, but there wasn't enough staff."

    She added: "It was really quite frightening to hear the people running to that area, and you were thinking someone is going to get squashed in a minute.

    "It was horrible. I could have gone back this morning but I've chosen not to."

    09:08: BBC Scotland Weather Latest

    There will be a few mist or fog patches initially, although hill fog will be extensive over eastern Scotland.

    Outbreaks of light, patchy rain will continue to affect parts of the east with the odd spot trying to feed through the Central Lowlands at times.

    There will be more in the way of brightness towards the Glasgow area, with sunshine for the west coast and the north-west corner. Mild with highs of 10 or 11C.

    A fresh south-easterly wind will affect the east coast, strong to gale force over the Northern Isles.

    09:01: Scotland's top book character is...

    The public has voted Francis Crawford of Lymond the most popular character from a Scottish book.

    Francis Crawford of Lymond

    The central character of Dorothy Dunnet's Lymond Chronicles was joined in the list by Ian Rankin's Rebus, Sherlock Holmes and Oor Wullie.

    Francis Begbie from Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting came second by one vote.

    The poll attracted more than 3,150 votes from 28 countries including Argentina, Singapore and Qatar.

    Edinburgh-based JK Rowling earned two places in the list for Hermione Granger (sixth) and Harry Potter (joint ninth).

    08:53: Incinerator plans

    There are plans to build a multi-million pound plant in East Lothian, which will burn rubbish to create energy.

    The company Viridor says the new system at its site near Dunbar will incinerate around 300,000 tonnes of waste a year, preventing it from being dumped in land-fill sites. But environmental groups claim the emissions are toxic.

    Rubbish in a refuse lorry

    Martin Gray, from Viridor, told BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme that the concerns are unfounded.

    He said: "In terms of the energy recovery facilities themselves, it is literally the material that can't be recycled that goes in the front end.

    "People can be reassured in terms of this established proven and safe technology operating across Europe. And it rigidly complies with stringent national and international standards."

    08:44: Today's Morning Call BBC Radio Scotland

    Yesterday's Smith commission report recommended the Scottish parliament be given new powers over some taxes and welfare payments.

    But do the proposals go far enough? Kaye Adams is joined by Stephen Gethins, former special adviser to Alex Salmond and political commentator, and former Labour advisor Simon Pia.

    And it's Black Friday - so we want to know if you queued all night and did you get yourself a bargain?

    Get in touch and let us know: Text 80295 with your views.

    08:37: Aberdeen bypass 'ahead of schedule'

    The Aberdeen bypass will be completed ahead of schedule, the Scottish government has announced.

    Bypass sign

    It was originally estimated that the £745m project would be finished by the spring of 2018.

    But Infrastructure Minister Keith Brown will today confirm, on a visit to the North-East, that the completion date has been brought forward to the winter of 2017.

    The new deadline also applies to work to dual a section of the A90 between Balmedie and Tipperty.

    Mr Brown said the committed investment of nearly £1bn by the Scottish government in transport infrastructure in the North-East underlines its determination to deliver for the area.

    08:31: Celtic lose...but qualify

    Celtic qualified for the knockout stage of the Europa League despite falling to defeat at home to Salzburg.

    Stefan Johansen pulled one back for Celtic against Salzburg.

    Salzburg's win secured the Austrians' top spot in Group D, with Alan scoring twice in the first-half and Naby Keita adding another late on.

    Celtic's riposte came from Stefan Johansen and they played more assuredly after the break, but they were undone by Salzburg's initial zeal.

    Astra defeated Dynamo Zagreb in Romania to ensure Celtic finished second.

    08:24: On the roads BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    A92 Fife - Road traffic collision where B946 comes onto A92, (near Williamson bus depot, not far from the Five Roads Roundabout). Affecting the road both ways.

    M90 Friarton Bridge Southbound - Road traffic collision involving a lorry and car - blocking lane 1 of 2 - at the north end of the bridge. Traffic busy on approach.

    A9 Southbound - Reports that one lane is blocked by an accident southbound between A822 (Greenloaning) and B8033 (Ashfield).

    Crianlarich- Traffic light failure on A82 Westbound between A85 and Inverarnan means slow traffic. Problem with the temporary traffic lights on a bad bend. Police are en route.

    08:16: Black Friday frenzy

    Police were called to a Tesco supermarket in Glasgow at about midnight after reports of scuffles among bargain-hunters at the start of so-called Black Friday.

    tesco at silverburn glasgow

    The 24 hour-store at the Silverburn shopping centre in Pollok was closed for a short time.

    Police were also called to a Tesco store on the Kingsway in Dundee after hundreds of shoppers packed the car park and queued for cut price goods.

    There were no arrests in either incident .

    08:10: Craig Whyte to appear in court

    Former Rangers owner Craig Whyte will appear in court in Glasgow later after being detained as he arrived in the UK from Mexico.

    Craig Whyte

    The 43-year-old was held at Heathrow Airport on Thursday before being brought to Scotland.

    He was held on an arrest warrant in relation to an investigation into his takeover of Rangers in 2011.

    Extradition proceedings were not required.

    08:02: Clutha benefit gig

    A benefit gig will be held later in memory of the victims of the Clutha tragedy.

    Clutha crash scene

    A police helicopter crashed through the roof of the pub on Friday 29 November last year, killing ten people and injuring dozens more.

    Tonight a charity show will be held at the Barrowlands to mark the first anniversary of the tragedy.

    Meanwhile, the families of the victims are still waiting for the conclusion of a report by the Air Accidents Investigations Branch into why the crash happened.

    08:00: Paul McLaren BBC Scotland News

    Good morning and welcome to another instalment of Scotland Live as we offer you a comprehensive round-up of news, sport, travel and weather from across the country between now and 18:00.



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