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A flawed blueprint for independence

By Mure Dickie and Kiran Stacey

At a Scottish National party conference in October, Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s deputy first minister, assured delegates her government’s long-awaited white paper on independence would lay out unambiguously the gains their families and communities could expect from leaving the UK.

“It will answer all your questions,” said Ms Sturgeon to enthusiastic applause.

The white paper that finally appeared on Tuesday was certainly ambitious. Intended to frame a constitutional debate that has far-reaching implications for the UK and its international partners, the 667-page volume offers a host of detail of how the SNP believes independence could transform the workings of Scotland’s economy. ...

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