A 670-page guide to one crucial question

Paper launch with Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon
Paper launch with Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon
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It was hailed as the most important publication in Scotland for generations - the White Paper that finally spells out the Scottish Government’s guide to independence.

And this week, David Torrance MSP - the man whose election victory created a historic majority at Holyrood - urged every single constituent to sign up for a free copy and read it.

The 670-page document, officially entitled ‘Scotland’s Future: Your Guide To An Independent Scotland’, is the most comprehensive guide yet to all the key questions which will form the basis of the referendum vote on September 18 when Scots will decide whether to break away from the rest of the UK.

Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister, said it set out a ‘‘vision and detailed plan’’ which would change the dyamic of the independence debate - but campaigners for a ‘No’ vote criticised its failure to answer the key questions, with Alistair Darling, leader of the ‘Better Together’ camaign branding it ‘‘a work of fiction’’.

As the first copies of the White Paper were handed out, Kirkcaldy’s SNP MSP hailed it as a ‘‘landmark document’’.

Mr Torrance said: ‘’This takes the referendum debate into a new phase.

‘‘No country in history is as well-equipped as Scotland to move toward independence, and even the staunchest opponents of ‘Yes’ now accept that Scotland has got what it takes to be an independent country. 

“The guide and the answers it provides will show clearly and simply the difference that we can make in Scotland if decisions on Scotland’s future are taken by those who care most about Scotland - that is the people who live and work here.’’

Mr Torrance said the referendum in 2014 was a ‘‘vote like noother’’ and hailed it as ‘‘the biggest opportunity we have had as a country in 300 years’’ adding: ‘‘That’s why I’m calling on everyone within my constituency - regardless of what their current views are on independence - to read this guide, to compare it with any alternative future for Scotland and make up your own mind.”

Copies can be ordered on 0300 012 1809 - same cost as a normal landline number.

You can also get a copy by email to referendum2014@scot.gov.uk.