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Referendum

  By Martin Kelly
 
The Permanent Secretary to the Treasury has confirmed that in the event of independence the rest of the United Kingdom will be liable for all of the UK's debt.
 
Yesterday, Sir Nick Macpherson, was giving evidence in front of a House of Commons Select Committee when he was asked about the £1.2 trillion of debt the UK currently owes - almost £19,000 for every person in the UK.

  By a Newsnet reporter

A newly independent Scotland will remain part of the European Union even if it has not been officially designated a new member, a leading academic has said.

Dr Nicolas Levrat, head of the Institute of Global Studies at the University of Geneva, has dismissed claims that Scotland could find itself outside the European Union in the event of independence and have to wait to re-apply.

  By Martin Kelly
 
An ex-oil tycoon who recently accused the Scottish Government of exaggerating North Sea oil estimates is today facing questions after a BBC video was unearthed which showed him backing the same figures.
 
In the interview, shown by the BBC in 2012, Sir Ian Wood explains how it is still possible to extract a further 25 billion barrels of oil from the North Sea.

  By a Newsnet reporter

Prime Minister David Cameron is to visit Glasgow tomorrow in a bid to bolster the anti-independence campaign in the wake of the TV debate that saw Alistair Darling struggle against First Minister Alex Salmond.

The Conservative leader will be the main speaker at a dinner event to be held in Glasgow by pro-Union lobbying organisation the CBI.

  Nicola Sturgeon has said a Yes vote is the only way to deliver real powers to Scotland’s islands and ensure our island communities can use their vast natural wealth to grow the local economy.
 
Ms Sturgeon will today begin a series of campaigning visits to the islands that will see her answer questions from floating voters on the crossing from Aberdeen to Lerwick, before spending the day campaigning on Shetland. Ms Sturgeon will then, on Thursday, travel to Orkney to take part in public meetings before visiting the Western Isles next week.

  By a Newsnet reporter
 
No campaign claims relating to North Sea Oil reserves are coming under increasing pressure following interventions by a leading industry body and respected academics.
 
A Statement from the UK’s leading offshore industry body giving support to Scottish Government estimates have been bolstered by similar interventions by two leading Professors in Petroleum Accounting and Energy.

  By a Newsnet reporter
 
Yesterday the Scottish independence referendum took over twitter when ordinary people began tweeting messages containing their reasons for supporting a Yes vote in September's historic ballot.
 
However few were prepared for the volume of tweets that saw the hashtag #YesBecause dominate twitter, becoming one of the most trended tags in the world.

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