The Scotsman cartoon: Nato and currency union

AN INDEPENDENT Scotland would have to apply to join Nato as a new state, according to the defence alliance’s secretary general.

Illustration: Iain Green

Anders Fogh Rasmussen said any decision on accepting a new country would require the agreement of all 28 member states.

The Scottish Government says that, in the event of a Yes vote, Scotland would negotiate a transition to independent membership.

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Meanwhile, Alex Salmond’s most influential economic adviser Crawford Beveridge said it was “entirely possible” Mr Salmond’s formal currency union plans would be dismissed by politicians south of the Border.

MSPs yesterday unanimously passed a law to tighten up blue badge use in an effort to crackdown on drivers who misuse disabled parking spaces.