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Gordon Brown set out his vision for the country’s future as he attacked First Minister Alex Salmond’s plans for Scotland to leave the UK.

Mr Brown called for legislation to make the Scottish Parliament a permanent and irreversible part of the how Britain is governed, claiming it was an “anomaly” of the legislation that established Holyrood that meant the UK Parliament could override it.

He also said that a written constitution, which the UK does not have, could be used to highlight the importance of pooling resources across the United Kingdom.

Illustration by Iain Green