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THE SNP and Alex Salmond continued to feel the heat over how a future independent Scotland would fit within the international community.
The row over the SNP’s acceptance of NATO continued also with Patrick Harvey suggesting that his party may benefit from a swing in disillusioned nationalists while questions were also raised over the legality of Scotland being admitted to the EU.
Alex Salmond argued that Trident was costing Scottish taxpayers £163 million a year as the coalition government set out plans to replace the Clyde-based nuclear weapons system, despite the possibility of Scots voting for independence in 2014 and Trident being forced to leave Scottish territory.
The SNP wants to outlaw the possession of nuclear weapons in Scotland if the country becomes independent.
The US election entered its final week of campaigning with Barrack Obama being praised for his actions following Hurricane Sandy.
Experts have warned the cost of dealing with mis-sold payment protection insurance could hit £15 billion as state-owned Lloyds Banking Group yesterday announced that it had set aside an additional £1bn to compensate customers for the scandal.
The Royal Bank of Scotland , also owned by the state, has set aside an extra £400 million to cover the cost of claims for mis-selling, pushing the total bill for the UK’s four largest banks beyond the £10bn mark.
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