Scottish independence round-up: Nato | Pound | EU
An independent Scotland would be welcomed into Nato even if it ditched Trident, according to a former UK ambassador to the nuclear-based defence alliance.
Dame Mariot Leslie argues that none of the Nato allies would want to interrupt the organisation’s defence arrangements in the North Atlantic and North Sea by excluding Scotland from the defence pact.
Meanwhile, a former European finance chief has warned the prospect of an independent Scotland keeping the pound in a so-called “sterlingisation” set-up would scupper its hopes of getting into the EU.
In other news, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has questioned whether Scottish independence can help solve Scotland’s problems, as he gave his backing to Scotland remaining in the UK.
TODAY’S BEST COMMENT AND ANALYSIS
Every day we highlight some of the most interesting and talked-about articles on the Scottish independence referendum - here are some of today’s best pieces, as featured on our Indyref microsite.
Michel Kelly-Gagnon of the Montreal Economic Institute gives his view on the economic and political impact of the Quebec sovereignty movement.
An independent Scotland can follow in the footsteps of its Scandinavian neighbours and become a prosperous and successful state, writes Norwegian filmmaker Jan Vardøen.
Gary Hayes writes that “the ball is rolling” for major change in Scotland and the UK, with Westminster increasingly distrusted by Scottish voters used to a proportionally-elected Holyrood parliament, in this piece for the New Statesman.
George Monbiot calls on Scots to vote ‘Yes’ in this month’s referendum to escape “the whims of a distant and uncaring elite” at Westminster, in this piece for The Guardian.
James Hunter, Emeritus Professor of History at the University of the Highlands and Islands, gives his reasons for backing a ‘Yes’ vote in this month’s independence referendum in the latest Scotsman referendum essay.
Jim Waterson of Buzzfeed visits Airdrie, and meets supporters of Scottish independence who believe a vast untapped oil field off the coast of Scotland is being concealed by the UK Government.
Gordon Young, editor of marketing magazine The Drum, declares his support for Scottish independence in this opinion piece.
Young calls for a “radical shock” to kick Scottish business back into life, and suggests that independence is most likely to deliver change in the sector.
Entrepreneur Sir Tom Hunter assesses the lack of facts on offer from both sides of the Scottish independence debate in this piece for the Daily Record.
The battle over environmental policy will only truly begin after the referendum debate concludes, according to Lang Banks of WWF Scotland.
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