Iain McLean: What will it really cost to set up an independent Scotland?

COMMENT: Iain McLean, professor of Politics at Oxford University, gives his response to Patrick Dunleavy’s report into the possible costs of Scottish independence.

Iain McLean comments on a report by Patrick Dunleavy that claims that, in the event of a Yes vote in the upcoming referendum, there would be immediate set-up costs of only £200 million in stark contrast to the UK government’s own estimate of £2.7 billion.
Iain argues that the number is likely to be in the area of £1.5 to £2 billion when considering the two huge set-up costs that Scotland would incur after independence in the areas of tax collection and benefits distribution.

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