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CATCH up on the latest news, opinion and analysis on Scottish independence from around the world in this round-up from our dedicated referendum website.


Finance secretary John Swinney has claimed that a vote against independence will lead to years of austerity for Scots. Mr Swinney signalled earlier this week that he is ready to borrow billions of pounds after a Yes vote in order to avoid another climate of austerity.

Meanwhile, Kezia Dugdale has pulled out of co-hosting a BBC radio show on the independence debate. The Labour MSP had been lined up to host the show alongside former SNP MSP Andrew Wilson.


Our Scottish independence site showcases some of the best comment, analysis and opinion from across the web; here are some of our favourites so far today.

• Yes Scotland has maintained its lead on social media in the latest analysis by What Scotland Thinks. The pro-independence campaign is winning the battle on Facebook and Twitter, according to new data.

• The Scotsman’s political editor Tom Peterkin looks at the developing debate around devolution, in the wake of John Major’s comments earlier this week.

• Australia-based Scot Richard Ferguson gives his view on the independence referendum debate in this piece for the ABC News website.

• Alistair Carmichael has called on businesses to make their feelings heard on independence. He made the call in an interview with business network CNBC - watch the video here.

Why does China care about Scottish Independence? That’s the question posed by Simon Engler in his piece for Foreign Policy magazine.

Get the latest referendum news, opinion and analysis from across Scotland and beyond on our new Scottish Independence website