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Scottish independence: Be careful what you wish for

A treasury briefing which questions Scotland's economic strength could have unintended consequences

By Jay Elwes  

Alex Salmond leaves the Treasury following a meeting in May. © Alastair Grant/AP/Press Association Images

One electoral frenzy is out of the way. Next up: Scotland, a question that will be settled by a vote in September. Already the Westminster Government is out of the traps, with briefings taking place attacking the SNP. Treasury officials have made clear that they feel the case for independence is flawed and that an independent Scotland would find itself in a very poor fiscal position. So poor, in fact, that an independent Scotland…

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