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Scotland’s first minister upbeat on independence

AFP, LONDON

On Sept. 18, next year, Scottish voters will be asked the yes/no question: “Should Scotland be an independent country?”

Polls show that a majority of voters are currently opposed to independence, but Salmond argued that Scotland going alone was the logical economic choice.

“We control our economic strategy. What we don’t control just now is demand management in the economy — an economy in Scotland and the rest of the UK which is desperately suffering from a demand deficiency at the present moment and that’s a real problem,” he said.

“For all that, we now have lower unemployment than the UK as a whole,” Salmond said.

The Scottish economy grew by 0.5 percent in the last quarter of last year, while the British economy as a whole contracted by 0.3 percent.

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