Scotland could become an independent country on March 24, 2016 if voters back leaving the UK in next year’s independence referendum, the Deputy First Minister has announced.
The date is included in the Scottish Government’s white paper, described as a “blueprint” for independence, which will be published on Tuesday.
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said it is a “landmark document” which has economic growth, jobs and fairness at its heart.
She said the 670-page document will drive the independence debate, providing the positive case for a vote in favour of independence.
She said: “This guide to an independent Scotland will be the most comprehensive and detailed blueprint of its kind ever published, not just for Scotland but for any prospective independent country.
“It demonstrates Scotland’s financial strengths and details how we will become independent – the negotiations, preparations and agreements that will be required in the transition period from a vote for independence in September next year to our proposed Independence Day of 24th March 2016 and in time for the first elections to an independent Scottish Parliament in May of that year.”
Ms Sturgeon said the document is designed above all for the public and urged people to read it, compare it with any alternative future for Scotland and make up their own minds.
“The white paper has economic growth, jobs and fairness at its heart. The route to a successful Scotland is greater economic growth that benefits all and which supports greater participation – particularly amongst women – in the workplace and the economy as a whole,” she said.
“Ensuring that work pays, for example through a decent minimum wage, is central to our economic and social approach.
“We won’t succeed and reach our full potential as long as we are locked into an unbalanced Westminster-controlled economy that disproportionately benefits one region and one section of society.” see more