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EDINBURGH 18-19 Dec 2012 Court hears independence-related case
The case before the Court of Session will decide whether the governing Scottish National Party, backing independence for Scotland, must r

December 18, 2012 - NULL

EDINBURGH 18-19 Dec 2012 Court hears independence-related case
The case before the Court of Session will decide whether the governing Scottish National Party, backing independence for Scotland, must reveal if it received legal advice on the issue of an independent Scotland's status in the European Union. The attempt to force the government to answer the freedom of information request is symptomatic of the growing bitterness and rivalry between foes and supporters of the Yes Scotland campaign. The question of whether Scotland should end, in part or in whole, over 300 years of union with England will be put to

EDINBURGH 18-19 Dec 2012 Court hears independence-related case
The case before the Court of Session will decide whether the governing Scottish National Party, backing independence for Scotland, must reveal if it received legal advice on the issue of an independent Scotland's status in the European Union. The attempt to force the government to answer the freedom of information request is symptomatic of the growing bitterness and rivalry between foes and supporters of the Yes Scotland campaign. The question of whether Scotland should end, in part or in whole, over 300 years of union with England will be put to voters in a referendum in Sep 2014.
The Scotsman cited warnings from critics in January that say Salmond's economic case for independence is flawed, and ignores growing concerns about the currency Scotland would adopt, and the relationship it would have to forge with Europe.

According to the BBC, Unionist parties say the Europe question needed to be clarified now because it was their long-held view that an independent Scotland would not become an automatic member of the EU and would have to apply as a new state. The government of Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond, which supports independence, argues that disclosure would break the ministerial code.

British Chancellor Geoprge Osborne asserted in September that the financial consequences of Scottish independence have not been addressed by the SNP.

The court's decision is expected in the new year.

Other issues yet to be decided include the wording of the referendum - whether voters will be asked a simple Yes or No on independence, or whether they will be allowed to choose a degree of independence.

With a Yes vote to independence, the decision would have to be taken on whether Scotland would launch its own currency or stay within the sterling system. The price of the sterling option, according to Salmond in January, would be relying on the Bank of England as a lender of last resort. (WRITTEN SEP 2012)

RELATED READING:

Scottish independence: Judge sets court date for EU legal advice row (BBC 20 Sep 2012)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-19660434

London speech on independence (Scottish Government 24 Jan 2012)
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2012/01/londonspeech24012012

Scottish independence: Momentous day as Salmond outlines referendum vision (Scotsman 25 Jan 2012)
http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/scottish_independence_momentous_day_as_salmond_outlines_referendum_vision_1_2074332

Scottish independence: Thousands to descend on Edinburgh for march (Scotsman 21 Sep 2012)
http://www.scotsman.com/news/scottish-independence-thousands-to-descend-on-edinburgh-for-march-1-2540499

Date written/update: 2012-12-18