Scot­land plans for in­de­pen­dence

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THE Scot­tish government has out­lined plans for a tran­si­tion to in­de­pen­dence in the event of a “Yes” vote in the 2014 ref­er­en­dum.

In­de­pen­dence day for Scot­land would be in March 2016, with the first elec­tions to a new par­lia­ment in May.

First Min­is­ter Alex Sal­mond said the timescale was in line with pre­vi­ous in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence.

The Scot­tish government wants to ask vot­ers “Should Scot­land be an in­de­pen­dent coun­try?” in au­tumn 2014, although it has yet to name the ac­tual date.

A doc­u­ment pub­lished by the SNP en­vis­ages Scot­tish min­is­ters join­ing civic groups to ne­go­ti­ate the terms of in­de­pen­dence with the UK government, which would see the di­vi­sion of as­sets and li­a­bil­i­ties, global con­nec­tions – in­clud­ing the EU – and Scot­land’s re­ten­tion of the monar­chy.

There would then be a writ­ten Scot­tish con­sti­tu­tion, “which re­flects the val­ues of the peo­ple of Scot­land”.

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