Analysis about Scottish referendum enters final phase

June 19, 2014 2:28 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Today, the government publishes the most comprehensive analysis of Scotland's place in the UK ever undertaken, in order to inform voters as they make the most important decision they will ever make.

'United Kingdom, united future' summarises over 1,400 pages of analysis on what a separate Scotland would mean for individuals and businesses.

The paper includes key findings on currency, businesses and jobs, the affordability of public services, personal finances and Scotland's place in the world. The findings will be shared directly with people in Scotland, with a booklet going to every home in Scotland from next week.

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Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, said:

"People need to be informed about the consequences of the Scottish referendum. That's why we have undertaken the most rigorous and comprehensive analysis of Scotland's place in the UK ever attempted. You might call it 'Project Fact' - over 1,400 pages of analysis citing hundreds of independent experts and organisations.

"The conclusion is clear: almost every aspect of life in Scotland is enhanced and improved because we are part of the UK.

"That's why we will share these conclusions with people in Scotland through the UK government's public information campaign, with a booklet going to every home in Scotland over the next few months."

A great weight of evidence says that Scotland's finances are stronger as part of the UK, offering people lower taxes and higher public spending than would otherwise be possible. The paper also outlines the advantages of the pound and how being part of the UK gives Scotland the best of both worlds.