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by Charlie Jeffery, Future of UK and Scotland Research Co-ordinator

So the White Paper is now out. What are the first impressions of Scotland's Future on an initial skim?

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Following the Edinburgh Agreement (in which the UK Government agreed to devolve the power to hold the referendum to the Scottish Government through a section 30 Order passed by the UK Parliament) the statutory framework for the referendum process has now been largely agreed by the Scottish Parliament and legislated for in the Scottish Independence Referendum (Franchise) Act 2013 and the soon to be enacted Scottish Independence Referendum Bill which passed Stage 2 of the legislation process in the Scottish Parliament on 10 October 2013.
 
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Scottish Centre on Constitutional Change

The ESRC Scottish Centre on Constitutional Change, formally launched today, represents a significant boost to the debate on the future of Scotland.

Building Security and Creating Opportunity: Economic Policy Choices in an Independent Scotland

This Scottish Government report sets out the economic policy levers that would be available under independence in key areas such as competitiveness, innovation, sustainability and international trade.

Executive Summary

The Scottish Government believes that Scotland's economic performance is constrained under the current system and that it is only through independence that Scotland can maximise its potential and deliver the type of economy and society that reflects the values of the people who live and work here.

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