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[英伦广角] 2013-11-30 苏格兰公布“经济独立蓝图” 明年公投脱英独立

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They’ve been giving Robert the Bruce a referendum makeover. He fought for Scottish independence with a battle ax in hand, fast forward 700 years from the battlefields of Bannockburn. And the modern weapon of choice is rather different. It is the Independence White Paper, 670 pages of it. The SNP call calls it a blueprint for economic growth, jobs and fairness, a prospectus with fresh details to accompany its headline projections we already know.

Of an independent Scotland where the Queen will remain its head of state, while Scots will have a Scottish passport, but there will be no border controls where Scotland meets England. The economy would be built on the North Sea island gas revenues and the renewable industry. The SNP says that there will be a Scottish defense force and they get rid of tried nuclear submarines, but stay in NATO. It says EU membership would be a given, but the plan wouldn’t be to join the euro. Scotland would keep the pound through a currency union with the United Kingdom at least behind. But the SNP’s X seat of power and far beyond. The independece vision is subject to strenuous debate.

“It would demonstrate how this government would use the powers of independence to grow our economy fast, and grow our population, tackle the inequality that still exists in our country, and also a range of detailed questions. I think this way people will change the dynamic of it to be decisively as the moment Project Fear comes head to head with Project Hope.”

“We were told that we were going to get the answers to critical questions as like what currency we will use? How can you guarantee to keep the pound that if you don’t? What else are we going to use? What’s gonna happen to pensions? What’s gonna happen to debt? This got to be credible, this got to be costive. Otherwise, we will be asked to take a leap to the unknown.”

“Much of the coming debate will center on hard cash, the finances of independence. Currency could become a defining issue. The SNP says it will happen because it suits everybody, while the opponent says it’s the prime example of a promise that can not be delivered.”

And what about the public mood? We gage the view in Bannockburn within all about 1314, but have questions about 2014.

“Whether it is gonna be sustainable for us to be independent?”

“Financially it could really support ourselves.”

“The worse is gonna happen, X the gas revenues, you know dry up.”

It's the SNP question today should answer -- is independence safe in their hands?

James Matthew, Sky News, Bannockburn.
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