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Scottish independence: Business owners weigh up pros and cons

The Scottish government has set out its plan for how Scotland would operate as an independent country, subject to a yes vote in next year's independence referendum.

The 670-page White Paper on independence was hailed by First Minister Alex Salmond as being "Scotland's future in Scotland's hands".

The re-balancing of Scotland's economy, by increasing manufacturing, is noted as a priority.

Small business owners gave their opinion on what the implications are for them. One said: "On the face of it, I would say with regard to small businesses it looks quite attractive."

Another voiced concern, saying: "Can the country really afford it?"

For more coverage of the referendum, including news, analysis and expert opinion, go to our Scotland's Future index.

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