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Scottish independence: Commonwealth heads 'decide membership', says top official

20 August 2013 Last updated at 10:31 BST

The Commonwealth's top official has suggested to Newsnight Scotland that an independent Scotland may have to apply for membership of the organisation.

SNP ministers have reiterated that they would want an independent Scotland to stay in international bodies such as the Commonwealth.

But the Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma said that process may not be automatic.