Alex Salmond’s plans for independence have received another blow, this time over membership of the European Union.
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With Scotland now less than a year away from a defining moment in its history, the policy implications of independence are finally becoming clear.
An independent Scotland would face bigger pressures than the UK to either cut spending or increase taxes as a result of falling north sea oil revenue, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has warned.
The head of the Better Together campaign has called on those wanting to keep Scotland within the Union to base their case on a positive platform that extols the virtues of membership.
The Scottish nationalists pick the best years for North Sea oil receipts and extrapolate into the future. The pro-UK voices point out that the decision to leave the UK is a long-term one and so we must look beyond short-term and simplistic analysis.
If Scotland achieves independence from the UK, patients north of the border requiring specialist surgery elsewhere in the UK could have to go through the same process as if they were travelling to a European Union state, leading, some argue, to delays in treatment and medical costs having to be paid by the patient.
Nick Clegg yesterday upped the rhetoric in the debate over Scottish independence by declaring that the case for Scotland going it alone will be ‘annihilated’.
Matthew Pitt argues why an independent Scotland would be foolish to keep the pound without the UK’s agreement