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2:45pm on Saturday, 30th November, 2013:



Suppose that the Scots vote for independence in the referendum on 18th September, 2014. The date of independence would be 24th March, 2016, in order to allow tiem for negotiations with the rest of the UK for the divvying up of assets and debts and the orderly transfer of power.

There's a general election due in 2015. This election could well be won by Labour thanks in no small part to the number of seats they are likely to hold in Scotland. That would mean a government reliant on the votes of Scottish MPs would be negotiating with the Scottish parliament for a deal over Scottish independence.

That sounds as if it could lead to a deal rather more favourable to Scotland than it perhaps ought to be.

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