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Scotland's First Minister Unveils Blueprint For Independence

Independence referendum scheduled for September next year

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Scotland's first minister has launched the Scottish government's independence blueprint, calling it a "mission statement" for the country's future.

The 649-page white paper promised a "revolution" in social policy, with childcare at its heart.

Former UK chancellor Alistair Darling called it a "work of fiction, full of meaningless assertions".

On 18 September, Scots voters will be asked the yes/no question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?"

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