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  By Martin Kelly
 
A UK Government Minister described by a leading newspaper as being ‘at the heart of the No campaign’ has admitted that there will be a currency union between an independent Scotland and the rest of the UK.
 
According to the Guardian, the minister told the paper: “Of course there would be a currency union”, before adding: “Saying no to a currency union is obviously a vital part of the no campaign. But everything would change in the negotiations if there were a Yes vote.”


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  Westminster’s damaging obsession with nuclear power will add “considerable costs” to consumer energy bills for decades to come – according to a leading energy firm.
 
A report by Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) has said that the UK Government’s deal for the construction of two reactors at the Hinkley Point nuclear power station will see increased energy bills for the next 35 years.


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By Chris Rumbles

The SNP has challenged the findings of a think tank’s analysis of an independent Scotland’s future finances which the party say used oil and gas figures that contradict industry projections.

The CPPR, an academic research centre based at Glasgow University, released an analysis of Scotland’s future finances following the recent publication of the Scottish Government’s Expenditure and Revenue (GERs) figures and the Office for Budget Responsibility’s (OBR) Economic and Fiscal Outlook.


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  By a Newsnet reporter
 
Supporters of an online website have reacted in fury after an advert for the site was pulled by Strathclyde Passenger Transport (SPT) after an apparent complaint.
 
The ad had been placed with SPT by pro-independence website Wings Over Scotland and had been accepted by the transport body and placed on trains on Glasgow Underground.


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  By a Newsnet reporter
 
The SNP has welcomed evidence from university principals who appeared in front of the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee today, after they rebutted No campaign claims that uncertainty was damaging the sector.
 
Giving evidence today, a number of experts made clear that the prospect of independence had not deterred investment in research in Scotland, and that Scotland is an increasingly attractive destination for talent in the education field – despite the No campaign’s continued assertions that the referendum could lead to ‘uncertainty’.


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  By a Newsnet reporter
 
The President of the EC, Jose Manuel Barroso has lost out in the race to become the next Secretary General of NATO.
 
According to Norwegian news outlet Aftenposten, former Norwegian PM Jens Stoltenberg will become NATO’s next Secretary General and is expected to be appointed when the organisation’s foreign ministers meet in Brussels in April.


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  By Martin Kelly
 
UK Chancellor George Osborne’s reasons for rejecting a currency union with an independent Scotland lie in tatters today after a top economist described them as lacking logic.
 
In a withering analysis of the evidence behind Mr Osborne’s recent speech in which the Chancellor claimed he would block an agreement on currency, Professor Leslie Young, of the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in Beijing, accused the Tory MP of basing his stance on a “lurid collage of fact, conjecture and fantasy”.