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The substantial negative effect that an ordinary industrial dispute in one Scottish company had on the Scottish economy (your report, 17 April) is a timely and stark reminder of what is on offer in the referendum.

Everyday events, such as the Ineos dispute or perhaps a major oil spill, are not within the preventative control of any government, but the financial effects can be very damaging not just for Ineos or an oil company but for all the support businesses that rely on what is often their biggest customer for a constant stream of work.

The overall economic squeeze that these damaging events would put on an independent Scotland would not be felt as such for a Scotland remaining safely within the Union comprising four countries sharing upsides and downsides in a complex world.

Jimmy Armstrong

Ballater

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