Q&A: Your Scottish independence questions

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The Scottish independence referendum debate is once again in the headlines with the launch of the Better Together campaign, which is against the idea of Scotland going its own way.

Those campaigning in favour of independence have already said they want to retain the pound, keep the Queen as head of state and get rid of the nuclear weapons based at Faslane on the Clyde.

The BBC news website asked for your questions about the future of Scotland, receiving hundreds of replies.Here are the 10 most asked questions:

1) Why do people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland not get a vote?

The referendum on Scottish independence is expected to take place in the autumn of 2014.

What are the current voting rules?

Anyone wanting to vote in a Scottish Parliament election must be:

• entitled to vote as electors at a local government election

• registered on the register of local government electors

For Scots living abroad, the rules state:

  • if you had been registered to vote in the UK in the previous 15 years you can remain on the election register
  • that allows you to vote in UK parliamentary or European parliament election
  • it does not give you the right to vote in local elections or in elections to the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

On the ballot paper, the Scottish government wants to ask voters: "Do you agree that Scotland should become an independent country?"

But who would get to vote? The Scottish government says people in Scotland are "best placed" to decide Scotland's constitutional future, a point with which the UK government agrees.

If the people of Scotland express their wish in a "legal, fair and decisive" referendum, then it would seem unlikely that the UK would seek to block their path.

The Scottish government says the independence referendum would be held on exactly the same basis as the devolution referendum in 1997, which was run by the Labour government of the time.

They say it would be based on the "internationally accepted principle of residence". This means Scots who do not live in Scotland would not be eligible to vote.

The Scottish government wants to keep the same voter eligibility as the Scottish Parliament and council elections.

It also wants to extend the franchise to include those 16 and 17-year-olds who are on the electoral register on the day of the poll, although the UK government, which has responsibility for voter eligibility, is opposed to the idea.

The Electoral Commission watchdog has also pointed out that 16-year-olds may only currently be included on the voting register if they become 17 on or before 30 November that year.

This is because they will subsequently become 18 on or before 30 November of the following year - the period to which the register applies.

2) Will there be a Scottish passport?

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Nicola Sturgeon, SNP deputy first minister

We'd have a Scottish passport if Scotland was independent”

End Quote Nicola Sturgeon SNP deputy leader, speaking on 25 January, 2012

Yes, says the SNP, and people would be able to choose to get a Scottish passport any time after independence or at the point when their passport was due for renewal.

Scotland's deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon, speaking on a BBC Scotland debate programme in January this year, asserted that on the issue of passports, people would have a choice, like in Ireland.

She said: "We would have a Scottish passport. My passport says EU as well as British citizen and that's the point. We've got right of free travel. We can go to Ireland without a passport.

"People who were born here (Scotland), who live here, who've got family relationships here, will have Scottish citizenship and others would be able to apply for citizenships."

Your Scotland, Your Voice - a white paper drawn up in 2009 by the Scottish government - says citizenship would be based on an "inclusive model".

It talks of "shared or dual citizenship" and says that "as a member of the EU, Scottish citizens would have free access across Europe".

Asked if Scots could have two passports, Ms Sturgeon said: "I'm sure people would have that choice, but we'd have a Scottish passport if Scotland was independent."

Advocate General Lord Wallace (a former Lib Dem Scottish deputy first minister), when asked if the rest of the UK would be happy to issue British passports to Scots citizens under independence, said: "Frankly, I don't know. It's one of the imponderables."

3) Will there be border checks?

Scotland Forward, a more recent SNP statement on how independence would be shaped, says there would be "no checks or delays" when crossing into England, adding that there would be "no customs posts or demand for passports".

What is the Schengen Agreement?

It abolished internal borders, enabling passport-free movement between 25 European countries.

It was named after the Luxembourg town where it was signed.

The deal is now under review, after surges in illegal migration from Africa and Asia, via Italy and Greece, in 2011.

The SNP says: "Scotland will inherit and remain part of the Common Travel Area which has existed between the UK and the Republic of Ireland, and the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey, for many decades, and means that no passports are required to travel across these borders, as at present.

"European and international travel will be subject to the same checks as at present."

There is one area which could cloud this situation - the Schengen Agreement.

It is a common travel area which numerous European countries are signed up to - but not the UK and Ireland.

If Scotland joins the European Union, which is the intention of the SNP, would Scotland have to join Schengen and protect its borders from non-Schengen countries?

Earlier this year, UK Home Secretary Theresa May said an independent Scotland could face "some sort of border check" if Scotland joined Schengen, comments which the SNP described as "scaremongering".

4) Will Scotland be a member of the European Union?

The SNP is in no doubt that Scotland would be part of the European Union after independence.

It says: "Scotland is part of the territory of the EU and Scots are EU citizens - there is no provision for either of these circumstances to change upon independence."

How does a country join the EU?

1.Monitoring and review procedure - Candidates prepare for membership with help of so-called "monitoring reports". Peer reviews cover the most problematic issues which they throw up. Before envisaged accession, the European Commission produces a "comprehensive monitoring report". This serves as a basis to decide on any possible remedial measure to be taken by the Commission, in its role as a guardian of the treaties.

2.The ratification process and accession - Once negotiations conclude, they are incorporated in a draft accession treaty and sent to the Commission for its opinion, and to the European Parliament for its assent. After signature, the accession treaty is submitted to the member states and to each acceding country concerned for ratification by them, in line with their own constitutional procedures. When the ratification process has been concluded and the treaty takes effect, the candidate becomes a member state.

The 2009 white paper says: "Settling details of European Union membership would take place in parallel to independence negotiations with the United Kingdom government and would cover areas such as the number of MEPs and weight of Council of Ministers."

However, a document produced by the House of Commons library said there was "no precedent" for a devolved part of an EU member state becoming independent and having to determine its membership of the EU as a separate entity.

It said the question had "given rise to widely different views".

A spokesman for First Minister Alex Salmond has previously said: "Legal, constitutional and European experts have all confirmed that an independent Scotland would continue in EU membership.

"And how could it be otherwise, when Scotland has the lion's share of the EU's energy reserves, including oil and renewables?

"The fact is that the last major EU expansion in 2004 saw 10 new countries join - six of them smaller than Scotland, and six of which have become independent since 1990."

In May 2012, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told a BBC debate that an independent Scotland would automatically gain EU membership, but did not need to use the euro.

Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson produced a letter from the European Commission that she said showed the SNP had never asked it what status an independent Scotland would have.

Ms Davidson said: "The fundamental question that the SNP haven't answered when it comes to Europe is that they don't accept, or won't admit, that a separate Scottish state would have to apply to join the EU.

"One of the rules for applying to join the EU is that you have to adopt the euro. That is the law, so it may not be within the choice of an independent Scotland."

Owen Kelly, chief executive of Scottish Financial Enterprise, said: "Nobody actually is arguing that Scotland would not be a member and I have certainty picked up no vibe in Brussels that there would be anything other than acceptance of that."

He said the real question was on the terms of joining.

Mr Kelly said: "If an independent Scotland would simply inherit all the UK's obligations, opt-outs, international treaties and everything else, fine.

"But if it doesn't, if that is not what is going to happen, then we really need to know because you are then looking at a period of accession and a period of negotiation."

He said: "If we had the political will I think we could find that out now. We know the terms of the referendum and the timing, what else do we need to know before asking and answering that question?"

5) What would happen to state pensions?

Your Scotland, Your Voice says: "On independence benefits, tax credits and the state pension would continue to be paid as now in an independent Scotland. It would be for future Scottish administrations to deliver improvements to the system designed for Scottish needs."

An SNP spokesman said: "People would get their full pension entitlement from day one of an independent Scotland, that is the government's guarantee.

"National insurance would continue to be paid in line with the current arrangements.

"There are EU rules in place to regulate the payment of pensions in different countries and these would, of course, be followed."

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Malcolm McLean

The devil is in the detail of pensions. It's not as simple as it sounds”

End Quote Malcolm McLean Pensions expert

Pensions expert Malcolm McLean, from consultants Barnett-Waddingham, said: "The devil is in the detail of pensions. It's not as simple as it sounds."

He said a change of currency would cause "all sorts of problems" for the division of pension liabilities between Scotland and the rest of the UK. However, Scotland intends to continue using the pound Sterling so that difficulty may be avoided.

Mr McLean said he thought people drawing their state pension at the time of independence, if it happened, would notice little difference, especially if Scotland was an EU member.

He says: "Existing pensioners would probably be treated as overseas pensioners in the same way as UK pensioners living in other EU countries are."

The difficulties, according to Mr McLean, would come with people who have been paying national insurance contributions to the UK treasury.

He said the social security system was based on national insurance contributions, with the details held on a computer in Newcastle.

Mr McLean asked, would the Scottish government set up an equivalent database for Scotland, or would the Newcastle system be used as a base for all UK and Scottish pensions after independence?

Then there is the issue of "accrued" rights, he says, and how they would be transferred from the UK to Scotland and who would be responsible for paying the pensions.

A big problem with state pensions is that they are "unfunded", said Mr McLean.

Despite taking in the money in national insurance contributions, the pensions are paid on a pay-as-you-go basis straight out of the Treasury.

There is no state pension pot to draw on or divide up between the rest of the UK and Scotland, states the pensions expert, who argues the question of pension liabilities is a huge one which still has to be addressed.

On the issue of private pensions, Mr McLean says - although a currency union may remain - the different tax regimes in Scotland and the rest of the UK would be extra complication and cost for pension providers.

Dr Jim McCormick, of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, thinks the division of state pension schemes is something which needs to be done "with caution".

He said it was "certainly not something you can do quickly or neatly", arguing that one way forward could be operating different pension pots for pension liabilities from the UK before independence and Scotland afterwards.

He added: "It would make perfect sense for an independent Scottish government to do some cost-sharing with a UK government for people close to the state retirement age. They could gradually move others to a new system. They would want to move with a lot of caution and partnership."

6) What would happen to the NHS?

Health has been an area of government devolved to Scotland since 1999 so the SNP argues it would be relatively easy to continue on the same path after independence. An SNP spokesman also asserted that the SNP would "be more than able to afford to fund vital services like the NHS".

The controversial Health and Social Care Act, which was passed in the Commons earlier this year, does not apply in Scotland.

And Scotland has already gone its own way on issues such as free prescriptions and free personal care for the elderly.

Scotland Forward states: "Independence will allow us to continue to maintain and develop the NHS as a priority service and to ensure it continues to provide world-class treatment."

It adds: "We will continue to maintain close links with the health service in the rest of the UK and throughout Europe, particularly when it comes to the provision of rare and specialist treatment."

7) Will Scotland share services with England?

"Yes, where there is mutual benefit," says an SNP spokesman.

He says: "The key advantage of independence is that it gives Scotland choices, and the ability to decide what is best for Scotland in each and every policy area.

"Under the current arrangements, there are a series of cross-border public bodies, with the Scottish and UK government having joint responsibility.

"Being independent is about building a new, more modern partnership in these isles. It will see the end of the political union, which means that decisions can be taken jointly by the Westminster and Scottish governments rather than by the Westminster government alone."

Pylons Scotland could be part of a UK-wide energy market

BBC Scotland's business and economy editor Douglas Fraser says: "This looks increasingly like being a vital area of dispute in negotiating constitutional break-up of the United Kingdom - the perception that institutions in London belong to the rest of the UK and a new status for Scotland would require new institutions, versus the assertion that Scotland can vote to be independent while demanding a share of the UK's institutional legacy.

"It applies to cross-border energy markets and assets, to cross-border telecom and rail networks, and to the BBC."

In a BBC Scotland interview on 10 March, Nicola Sturgeon, when asked about the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), based in Swansea, said: "The thing about independence is that it gives you the ability to do these things differently if you want to.

"But it also gives you the ability, in discussion with others, to share your sovereignty. And I think the DVLA is one of those things we would sit down and have a grown-up discussion with the UK government and decide that's something we should do."

The Your Scotland, Your Voice white paper raises the prospect of a UK-wide energy market, citing the Nordic countries as an example of "pooling arrangements". It also says a single electricity market now exists between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

8) What would the Scottish Army look like?

Scotland would have an armed forces of a configuration similar to those of nations such as Norway, Denmark or Sweden, says the SNP.

"We would retain all the military bases in Scotland at the point we become independent. The big difference is that we would not have nuclear weapons, allowing us to divert the money currently spent by the UK, perhaps as much as £250m each year, to other, more useful projects."

"Scotland could focus primarily on securing its territory, compared to the United Kingdom approach of having capacity to conduct overseas wars," the 2009 white paper says.

It says Scotland would take part in peacekeeping and disaster relief.

The SNP's long-standing policy has been not to join Nato. However, the party's leadership is believed to be reconsidering this stance.

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond says a "Scottish Defence Force" under an independent Scotland would comprise one naval base (Faslane without Trident), one air base and one mobile armed brigade.

UK armed forces personnel could be given some kind of option on terms of joining the new service.

Mr Salmond suggests the SDF set-up is based on the outcome of the UK defence review (which opponents say is odd, given the SNP's previous campaign to retain all three of Scotland's air force bases).

UK Defence Secretary Phillip Hammond says taking British military units into an SDF is "laughable".

Scottish soldiers in Basra Alex Salmond said a Scottish army would not have participated in the war in Iraq

Former SAS deputy commander Clive Fairweather says an independent Scotland would need its own SAS-style squadron, comprising 75 members and taking three years to set up at a cost of £10m. Oil platforms, he argues, are key terrorist targets.

One model of a slimmed-down Scots military operation, devised by Stuart Crawford, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Royal Tank Regiment, and economist Richard Marsh, suggests Scotland could defend itself with a slimmed down military, making savings worth about £1.3bn, with:

• Army one-third size of Denmark

• Navy of about 20 to 25 ships

• An air force of about 60 aircraft, but no Typhoon or Tornado fast jets

• One HQ and two brigades, but no tanks or heavy artillery

• Personnel of between 10,000 to 12,000

Professor Hew Strachan of Oxford University, a military historian and adviser to the Ministry of Defence (MoD), says Scots may wish to leave and join the armed forces in the rest of the UK.

He previously said: "Like New Zealanders who opt to serve in the Australian air force or the British Royal Air Force, or Irishmen who want to serve in the regiments of the British Army, many Scots might find their ambitions better fulfilled in the rump of the British army and so make the move out of Scottish regiments."

Alex Salmond previously told the BBC Politics Show in May 2011 his government would be prepared to share military facilities with the rest of Britain under independence.

He said: "An independent country has its own foreign policy. There's no way on earth that Scotland would ever have participated as an independent country in the illegal war in Iraq.

"That stresses why you've got to have the ability and determination in order to chart your own way in the world so that you don't get entangled into illegal and disastrous international conflicts.

"Many, many countries in the world share military facilities with friendly neighbours and there's absolutely no reason why Scotland wouldn't be prepared to do that."

9) Will Scotland have embassies?

Yes, says the SNP. It would add to the 25 or so overseas trade, tourism and government offices Scotland currently has.

A spokesman said: "At present, Scotland's taxpayers contribute more money to fund UK embassies than many smaller independent nations fund their embassies with.

"A Scottish embassy and consular network will focus more on jobs and trade and promoting Scotland internationally, with benefits for our economy."

The SNP's Scotland Forward document says "too much of UK overseas representation is based on status and power and that's not what Scotland needs".

Scotland already has its own offices in certain strategic overseas locations (Brussels, Washington DC and Beijing) to represent key interests.

10) What would happen to the Union flag?

The national flag of Scotland would be the Saltire (the St Andrew's Cross), says the SNP.

The Scottish Saltire forms part of the Union Flag The Scottish Saltire forms part of the Union Flag

"The flag of the rest of the UK will be a matter for the rest of the UK," a spokesman said.

On BBC's Question Time programme earlier this month, the SNP's Alex Neil said the Queen was monarch in 16 countries and she would remain head of state in Scotland. Therefore he said, the union of the Crowns would remain and, thus, the Union Flag.

He said: "The union of the crowns was in 1603, 104 years before the union of the parliaments. What independence is about is the dissolution of the parliaments not the dissolution of the union of the crowns.

"When Scotland becomes independent, hopefully in 2016, the day after independence the Queen will be Queen of Scots, as she has always been, as well as the Queen of England and the Queen of Australia and the Queen of New Zealand.

"After independence will be self-governing Scotland but we will also have a British dimension as well."

Former Tory Scottish Secretary Michael Forsyth says: "The union flag is made up of the constituent parts of the United Kingdom and you can't argue that you are going to break up Britain and have a separate Scotland and still have a union flag."

Can you think of other key questions which need answering? Let us know by sending your suggestions to newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk and putting "independence questions" in the message field.

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    Inverness Book Festival has been cancelled after a 10-year run.

    Books

    Eden Court, which has organised and hosted the event since 2004, said last year's was its final festival and this year's would not go ahead.

    The arts venue said the time it took to programme and organise the festival had become "impractical".

     
  35.  
    09:51: Islanders discuss their future

    Public meetings are to be held on Great Bernera over the next few days on plans for a community buyout of the island.

    More than 200 people have been invited to the events taking place on Saturday and Tuesday.

    Great Bernera

    The family of Count Robin Mirrlees, who owned the island until his death in June last year, have given crofters first refusal on buying it.

    The count had lived on Great Bernera for 40 years. The small island is connected to Lewis by a road bridge.

     
  36.  
    09:41: Feast and famine Douglas Fraser Business and economy editor, Scotland

    Royal Bank of Scotland's "seven years of feast followed by seven years of famine" has an Old testament ring to it. But unlike the story from the Book of Exodus, don't assume that the RBS famine years are over.

    RBS

    Read my blog here.

     
  37.  
    09:31: 'Horrible' referee

    Downbeat Celtic centre-half Virgil Van Dijk said he must learn from the red card he was shown in the 1-0 defeat by Inter Milan but feels the referee was badly mistaken in the San Siro.

    Virgil van Dijk

    Slovakia's Ivan Kruzliak booked the Dutchman for a foul on Rodrigo Palacio and, within 10 minutes, sent him off for a clumsy challenge on Juan Icardi.

    "I got a red card and I feel horrible. I need to learn from it. It's going to be tough," Van Dijk told BBC Scotland.

    "The referee was horrible today."

     
  38.  
    09:22: Widow wants 'Jihadi John' alive

    The widow of a Scot killed by a masked Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John" says she wants him caught alive.

    Dragana Haines says the "last thing" she wants for the man who killed her husband, aid worker David Haines, who was originally from Perth, is an "honourable death".

    Haines

    The militant, pictured in the videos of the beheadings of Western hostages, has been named as Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born Briton from west London.

    Mr Haines' daughter said she wanted to see "a bullet between his eyes".

     
  39.  
    @bbcnewsscotland 09:13: Your view - 100 days of the FM

    @peasmoldia: I love the way politicians imply that there's some logical end point to what they do.

    Jen: Certainly over 100 photo opportunities must be an achievement - not a lot of governing there!

    Barry Pennington: She has been a breath of fresh air when compared to Murphy!

     
  40.  
    09:05: Business confidence at two-year low

    Business confidence in Scotland has fallen to its lowest level in more than two years, according to a report.

    Business

    Lower oil prices, weak growth across Europe, the upcoming general election and political unrest in parts of the world have been identified as contributing factors.

    The latest business confidence monitor shows Scottish businesses recorded a confidence score of 3.6.

    That was down on 22 in the last quarter and below the UK average of 16.8.

     
  41.  
    08:59: Traveller camp The Press and Journal

    An unauthorised traveller camp has set up near a prime Aberdeen park with its arrival prompting a furious reaction among city councillors.

    Around 15 vehicles, including caravans and work vans, are parked near the Hazlehead Avenue entrance to Hazlehead Park.

     
  42.  
    08:49: Fatal crash on the A9

    Two men have died after a two-car crash on the A9 near Dunkeld.

    The victims are understood to be aged 47 and 48.

    The road was closed in both directions between Bankfoot and Birnam following the collision at 16:05 on Thursday and reopened at 22:20.

    A Police Scotland spokesman said no further details of the victims would be released until next of kin have been informed.

     
  43.  
    08:39: Wickerman headliners announced

    The Waterboys have been announced as one of the headline acts at this year's Wickerman Festival.

    The Waterboys

    The event will be held on 24 and 25 July at East Kirkcarswell Farm, Dundrennan, in Dumfries and Galloway.

    Singer songwriter Tom Odell has also been lined up to perform at the festival.

    It is the first Wickerman since the death of its founder, Jamie Gilroy, from gunshot wounds last December.

     
  44.  
    08:28: Fans with typewriters BBC Sport Scotland

    Offensive words use by football fans; a flare let off by football fans; a "dodgy ref" - in the view of football fans.

    Get the Friday gossip here.

     
  45.  
    Disruption in the Highlands BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    Roads below *blocked* due to RTC, police en-route #nevisroads #BeAware

    #A830 btwn Glenfinnan & Corpach

    #A82 btwn Fort William & Corran Ferry

     
  46.  
    08:17: Today's newspapers

    "Jihadi John" - now identified as a man who grew up in London - features in many of the papers.

    Newspaper front pages

    Elsewhere, there is detail on the "bomb factory" in an Edinburgh flat and the National has its take on the latest opinion polls.

     
  47.  
    08:09: Lloyds to pay dividend

    Lloyds Banking Group, which owns Bank of Scotland, has confirmed that it will resume paying dividends to shareholders for the first time since the financial crisis in 2008.

    The announcement came as it reported full-year statutory profits of £1.8bn.

    Bank of Scotland

    Lloyds is now 23.9% state-owned after the government sold another parcel of shares in the bank earlier this week, raising £500m.

    The government's stake had been as high as 41% when it ploughed in £20bn to prop the bank up in 2008.

     
  48.  
    08:04: Coming up on Morning Call... BBC Radio Scotland

    Should it be a criminal offence not to report suspicions of child abuse? That's what @BBCGaryR is asking on Morning Call from 08:50.

     
  49.  
    Email: newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk 07:55: Sturgeon - your views

    Leigh Gerhardt: I take my hat off to our First Minister. She demonstrates diversified thought, openness and is clearly not a single-issue person. Ms Sturgeon looks at the greater good of all Scots and guides the government accordingly. This is indeed a refreshing and encouraging change from the leadership shown by the government in London.

    Read more on the first minister's first 100 days here.

     
  50.  
    M8 delays BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    M8 J11(Stepps Rd) - J10(Westerhs Rd) - Breakdown, 1 lane closed Eastbound for more than an hour.

     
  51.  
    07:48: Today's outlook BBC Scotland Weather Latest

    A few showers around at first today, especially in the west. They will tend to die away during the morning, increasingly becoming confined to the north west, leaving plenty of bright weather with spells of sunshine. Cloud will start to increase in the west later this afternoon with rain for the far west by dusk. The Northern Isles will see some heavy showers this morning, with hail and thunder dying away this afternoon. Feeling cold in the wind, maximum six to eight Celsius.

     
  52.  
    @bbcscotlandnews 07:34: Sturgeon - your views Marianne Taylor BBC Scotland news

    It's been a busy first 100 days in office for Nicola Sturgeon, with the NHS, childcare and talk of a possible post-election deal with Labour taking up most of the headlines.

    But what do you think of Ms Sturgeon's leadership so far?

    Tell us via Twitter @bbcscotlandnews or email us here.

     
  53.  
    07:28: 'More to do'

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said she is proud of her achievements in office but admits there is "much more to do" as she marks her first 100 days as Scotland's leader.

    Ms Sturgeon will mark the anniversary with a visit to a pharmaceutical company in Irvine, North Ayrshire, where she will announce an initiative to encourage young women to take up modern apprenticeships.

    Nicola Sturgeon

    Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy said the first minister's report card would read "must do better, particularly on the NHS".

    Ms Sturgeon became Scotland's first female leader in November, when she succeeded Alex Salmond.

     
  54.  
    07:21: Gone but not dejected

    Ronny Deila's dejection at exiting the Europa League was tempered by pride in his Celtic players as they ran Inter Milan close in the 1-0 San Siro defeat.

    The Celtic manager was unhappy at the first-half red card shown to Virgil van Dijk and felt Slovakian referee Ivan Kruzliak "had a bad day at work".

    Celtic

    "It's a very disappointed gang of players in the dressing room," said the Norwegian after the 4-3 aggregate loss.

    "I feel very sorry for them but I'm very proud of them."Ronny Deila's dejection at exiting the Europa League was tempered by pride in his Celtic players as they ran Inter Milan close in the 1-0 San Siro defeat.

     
  55.  
    07:12: Coming up... BBC Radio Scotland

    Coming up on Good Morning Scotland before 08:50:

    • The naming of "Jihadi John"
    • Lloyds TSB results
    • Does the UK need an ambassador to the Arctic?

    Listen live here.

     
  56.  
    07:02: Free school meal? Yes please... Jamie McIvor BBC Scotland education correspondent

    About three quarters of children in the early years of primary school are now taking school dinners, according to figures seen by BBC Scotland.

    School dinners

    Since January, all children in Primaries 1, 2 and 3 have been entitled to a free school lunch.

    As expected, in most places the number of children eating a school meal has increased significantly.

    But some councils are disappointed the rise has not been greater.

     
  57.  
    @bbcscotlandnews 07:00: Welcome Marianne Taylor BBC Scotland news

    Good morning and a warm welcome to BBC Scotland Live.

    We're here with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel till 19:00.

    Keep in touch throughout the day - tweet us your comments and pics @bbcscotlandnews or email newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk.

     

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