Scottish independence: What have businesses been saying?

March is the end of the financial year in the UK, when businesses announce their annual results and outline plans for the future.

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With the Scottish independence referendum just months away, many big businesses have used their announcements to explain what independence would mean for them.

The economy is widely regarded as the key campaign battleground in the build up to the referendum which takes place on 18 September. Voters in Scotland will be asked the "Yes/No" question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?"

So, what have some businesses said so far?

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Property investors
Woman looking in estate agent's window Property investors are split over whether independence would be good for Scotland

Caledonian Trust Plc, the Edinburgh-based property investment holding and development company, said in its interim results that the economic prospects for an independent Scotland "are not favourable".

Chairman Ian Douglas Lowe said the costs of independence would be "very high" for businesses, particularly Scotland's financial sector.

However, Dan Macdonald, chief executive of Edinburgh-based property investor Macdonald Estates, disagreed with this assessment, saying independence would create growth.

He added: "Full fiscal autonomy can equip the Scottish Parliament with the financial tools it needs to tailor policy and priorities to Scotland's particular needs, to secure investment and stimulate growth in the economy, and to create jobs."

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SSE
Electricity pylon SSE is the UK's second largest energy supplier

A single UK energy market would be "likely" if Scotland becomes independent, according to SSE.

The company, which is the UK's second largest energy supplier, issued a statement which said "a single energy market in Great Britain would be the most likely outcome in the event of a 'Yes' vote".

The statement also recognised that post-independence negotiations between the Scottish and UK governments could be "complex" and might result in changes to the existing market.

It added: "SSE has already put in place arrangements to ensure that it takes account of this uncertainty in its decision-making and is undertaking work to ensure that it has a clear view of the issues that would arise should there be a 'Yes' vote, and is in a good position to engage constructively with the Scottish and UK governments in the event of Scotland ceasing to be part of the UK."

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Jupiter Fund Management
Maarten Slendebroak Maarten Slendebroak said he saw "significant long term business opportunity" in Scotland

Chief Executive Maarten Slendebroek said the investment firm's Scottish business would prosper regardless of the outcome of September's vote.

Mr Slendebroek said: "While the uncertainty regarding Scotland's future is a concern for business in the short term, we see a significant long term business opportunity for Jupiter in Scotland.

"It has a vibrant financial services sector and is home to many of the wealth management clients we are targeting. That will not change, regardless of the outcome of a referendum."

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BlackRock
BlackRock HQ Blackrock sent its assessment on Scottish independence to its clients

The world's biggest investment fund manager has said Scottish independence would bring "major uncertainties, costs and risks".

Blackrock's assessment was that those risks would be "mostly for Scotland, but also for the remaining UK".

The New York based company, which manages trillions in financial assets, believed a currency union between an independent Scotland and the rest of the UK "looks infeasible" and would "bring risks to both countries".

It added that "best of the few choices" Scotland had would be to launch its own currency.

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Thomas Cook
Thomas Cook aeroplane Thomas Cook's chief executive said the Scottish government's pledge to reduce air passenger duty was a "relatively small part" of the independence debate

Travel giant Thomas Cook told online news service the Huffington Post that two referendums - the Scottish independence vote and the potential UK referendum on EU membership - were creating "massive uncertainty" for business.

Chief executive Harriet Green said both votes were unsettling for companies looking to create jobs and attract investment.

Ms Green also dismissed British Airways boss Willie Walsh's suggestion that independence could be a "positive development", due to the Scottish government's pledge to cut and eventually scrap air passenger duty.

She said air passenger duty was a "relatively small part of that debate".

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Next
Next store The Next chief executive was asked about independence after the company announced increased profits

The chief executive of clothes and homeware retailer Next said Scottish independence would have no effect on how the company was managed.

According to The Herald, Lord Wolfson said: "I don't think it would make any difference. We manage our business in Eire how we manage in the UK.

"We do not see Scottish independence as a business issue."

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BAE
Shipyard BAE employs about 3,000 workers on the Clyde

BAE Systems said continued union between Scotland and the rest of the UK offers "greater certainty and stability" for its business.

The company employs about 3000 workers on the Clyde and is helping to construct two new Royal Navy aircraft carriers.

Chief executive Ian King said: "BAE Systems has significant interests and employees in Scotland, and it is clear that continued union offers greater certainty and stability for our business.

"In the event that Scotland voted to become independent, we would need to discuss the way forward with the Ministry of Defence and UK government, and work with them to deliver the best solution in those circumstances."

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Ineos
Grangemouth oil refinery The Grangemouth oil refinery, which is owned by Ineos, employs more than 1,300 people

Jim Ratcliffe, whose company Ineos operates the Grangemouth oil refinery near Falkirk, said the vote will not make a difference to the future of the plant.

He told the BBC: "[Grangemouth] will survive in both scenarios. I don't think the Scottish vote will make any difference to Grangemouth one way or the other."

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British Chambers of Commerce
BCC logo The BCC represents about 92,000 businesses across the UK

The British Chambers of Commerce said its members are not saying "Yes" or "No" to Scottish independence, but they're looking for clarity on four issues.

Head of policy, Adam Marshall, told the BBC: "[Members] want to know what's going to happen on currency, they want to know what's going to happen on tax, they want to know what's going to happen on pensions, and they want to know what's going to happen on Europe.

"What they aren't saying to us is yes or no, what they're saying to us is we want to know what's going to happen on these particular issues because otherwise we are being asked to make a prediction based upon something we as a business would never do."

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Alliance Trust
Katherine Garrett-Cox Chief executive, Katherine Garrett-Cox, has announced contingency plans for independence

Investment firm Alliance Trust has said it is setting up companies registered in England ahead of the referendum.

The Dundee-based company said it had to remain focused on services in the UK and beyond.

Chief executive Katherine Garrett-Cox said: "The referendum in September is creating uncertainty for our customers and our business, which we have a responsibility to address.

"Regardless of the outcome it is critical that we are able to provide continuity of service and protection for their investments and savings.

"To give them full confidence, we have started work to establish additional companies registered in England, in order to provide operational flexibility and to complement our existing business in Scotland."

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Aviva
Aviva sign Chief executive Mark Wilson wants Aviva to stay neutral in the debate

The boss of insurance giant Aviva, Marks Wilson, has stressed that he is neutral in the independence debate, saying that it is a decision for the Scottish people.

He said: "Obviously we are looking with interest at what's going on, but I really think that's an issue for the Scottish people.

"We operate all around the world and we operate in many jurisdictions and in many places so I really think that's not an issue for us to focus on."

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Aggreko
Aggreko cargo Aggreko is the world's largest temporary power company

The temporary power firm, Aggreko, said that independence would make doing business more complex, but that it would find a way to deal with it.

The Glasgow based enterprise said: "If Scotland were to leave the United Kingdom and become an independent country, it would likely burden our UK business with added operating complexity and cost.

"There is also a risk that the outcome of the issues of currency and membership of the EU will not be helpful to our business.

"At the very least, if Scotland votes for independence we will face some years of uncertainty and hiatus."

Aggreko stressed, however, that it would "find ways to manage around this challenge if it arises".

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Standard Life
David Nish David Nish, chief executive of Standard Life, said plans have been made for independence

Standard Life has had its headquarters in Scotland for 189 years. However, its annual report stated that it would consider moving parts of it business elsewhere in the event of Scottish independence.

The report said Scotland had been a great base for the company, but added: "If anything were to threaten this, we will take whatever action we consider necessary - including transferring parts of our operations from Scotland - in order to ensure continuity and to protect the interests of our stakeholders."

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British Airways
Willie Walsh Willie Walsh, chief executive of BA's owners, was positive about independence

Willie Walsh, the chief executive of British Airways' owner company, IAG, was positive about independence due to what he believed would be more favourable tax rates.

He told the BBC: "If anything, [Scottish independence] might be marginally positive because I suspect the Scottish government will abolish air passenger duty, because they recognise the huge impact that that tax has on their economy.

"So, it's probably going to be a positive development - if it does happen - for British Airways."

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Lloyds
Lloyd sign Lloyds assessed the risk of independence in their annual report

Lloyds - which is Britain's biggest bank - said that uncertainty surrounds what would happen in the event of a "yes" vote in the referendum.

Its annual report stated: "The impact of a yes vote in favour of Scottish independence is uncertain.

"The outcome could have a material impact on compliance costs, the tax position and cost of funding for the group."

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Ryanair
Michael O Leary Michael O'Leary said independence might boost Scottish tourism

Michael O'Leary, chief executive of Ryanair, said he supported the position of the Scottish government in relation to the abolition of air passenger duty in an independent Scotland.

He explained: "There's no doubt that most airlines would support the position of the Scottish government in relation to the abolition of the APD (air passenger duty), which does untold damage to Scottish tourism."

"If the air travel tax were repealed by the UK government or an independent Scottish government, you'd see visitors to Scotland double over a five to 10 year period."

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BP
BP sign The head of BP urged Scotland to stay in the UK

Bob Dudley, BP boss, said that the prospect of Scottish independence created "a big question mark" which will create concern for all businesses.

He said: "We have a lot of people in Scotland, we've got a lot of investments in Scotland. There's much debate about what would happen with the currency and of course whether there would be connections with Europe or not.

"These are quite big uncertainties for us. At the moment we're continuing to invest at the (same) pace because these projects are under way.

"But it's a question mark. I think all businesses have a concern. My personal view is Great Britain is great and it ought to stay together."

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Shell
Ben van Beurden Ben van Beurden urged Scotland to stay in the UK, and the UK to stay in the EU

The chief executive of the oil company, Shell, wants Scotland to remain in the UK for the sake of "continuity and stability".

Ben van Beurden said: "We're used to operating in uncertain political and economic environments. But, given a choice, we want to know as accurately as possible what investment conditions will look like 10 or 20 years from now.

"As a global business with feet planted firmly on both sides of the Channel, we also believe that the UK's national interests are best served by a close relationship with Europe.

"It's for similar reasons that we'd like to see Scotland remain part of the United Kingdom.

"Shell has a long history of involvement in the North Sea - and therefore in Scotland - and we continue to invest more than a billion pounds there every year."

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RBS
An RBS branch RBS has been based in Scotland for nearly 300 years

RBS chairman Philip Hampton told shareholders at the bank's annual meeting on 25 June that the state-backed lender was considering its options should Scotland vote for independence in September.

He said the bank would continue to maintain a "neutral position" but warned that the issue had created "a great deal of uncertainty" and would have implications for the bank's credit rating, tax and regulation.

He added: "We are having to consider the possible business implications of a 'Yes' vote and our response.

"We maintain a continuous dialogue with the Bank of England, UKFI (UK Financial Investments) and the UK government and the Scottish government on these matters."

Several months ago, RBS chief executive Ross McEwan said the bank could adapt to independence if it had to.

He said: "It's really important that the Scottish people get the opportunity to vote, and then if I need to adapt my business to serve England, Scotland, Wales and both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, then I will."

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    11:41: Write your own cheque

    A woman who dropped out of school at 16 and took up writing at 25 has won the Dundee International Book Prize.

    Amy Mason

    Amy Mason, of Oxford, won the £10,000 prize and a publishing deal for her debut novel The Other Ida.

    The 32-year-old saw off competition from 400 entries from across the world in the annual contest, which was judged by a panel including novelist Neil Gaiman and broadcaster Kirsty Lang.

     
  48.  
    11:34: Lord Smith in childcare talks

    Lord Smith of Kelvin, who is examining proposals for more powers for Scotland, is to hold talks with childcare campaigners.

    Child playing

    The chairman of the Smith Commission will discuss ways to reform the country's childcare system.

    Childcare body Children in Scotland has called for "full control over welfare and benefits relating to children, families and work".

    The commission is expected to reach agreement on new powers by 30 November.

     
  49.  
    11:27: Hamilton duo agree contracts

    Hamilton duo Ali Crawford and Grant Gillespie have agreed long term contracts with the Premiership leaders.

    Both players were due to be out of contract in the summer of 2015, but have signed new deals until the summer of 2018.

    Ali Crawford

    Crawford is one of three Accies players who currently top the SPFL scoring charts with five league goals.

     
  50.  
    11:22: Crash victim named

    The 53-year-old motorcyclist who died following a crash in Polmadie Road, Glasgow, on Thursday has been named.

    He was Alex White of the city's Croftfoot area.

    Police say relatives are aware and are appealing for witnesses.

     
  51.  
    11:15: Cairngorms rescue

    Two people were airlifted to hospital after being injured in an incident involving an off-road vehicle in the Cairngorms.

    Helicopter rescue in Cairngorms.

    They had been involved in an incident in the Loch Callater area.

    They were flown to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. Their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

     
  52.  
    text 80295 11:09: Drink-drive limit - Your Views

    Willie, Wick: That's done it for me. No more drink, even one, on a night oot with this new pending limit. My one sweet stout and a game of darts is now doom and gloom.

    Michael Doran, Glasgow: What about 3pts for between 50-80 and above 80 left as previous?

    Jim, Inverness: Nice one Kenny, I can't have one pint after a round of golf now??? Leave folk alone.

    Ian P, Hamilton: Lower limit fair enough. I don't drink when I drive and I don't drive when I drink. Where can I get a breathalyser as I have no way of judging how much alcohol is in my system the next day other than how rough I feel.

     
  53.  
    11:03: The Press and Journal

    Anyone fancy a job as a rat catcher? (it's to help the puffins!)

    Puffin

    The RSPB is searching for a team to exterminate thousands of bird-eating rats from the Shiant Isles, four miles off the south-east coast of Lewis.

    The £300,000 contract will be completed between November and March next year, and the team of ratters will stay on the islands in a bothy with no running water, no electricity and no toilet.

    Fancy it? Read more here.

     
  54.  
    10:55: Modern Sabbath Steven Brocklehurst BBC Scotland news website

    The isle of Lewis in the outer Hebrides is said to be the last place in Britain where the fourth commandment - Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy - is still strictly observed.

    Lewis

    But how has modern life changed attitudes to the Lord's Day on this island of 20,000 people?

     
  55.  
    10:49: Safety campaigners back bid

    Road safety campaigners have backed Scottish government plans to lower the drink-drive limit.

    Phillip Goose, of road safety charity BRAKE, said: "Even people with 20-50mg of alcohol in their blood are at least three times more likely to die in a crash than others with no alcohol at all.

    "So even very small amounts of alcohol have massive consequences on your reaction time - increasing your chances of being in a crash, increasing your chances of killing yourself, or seriously injuring or killing others."

     
  56.  
    10:40: Design of the times

    A new video game inspired by the designs of William Morris has been launched by the V&A museum's Games Designer in Residence.

    Sophia George poses with the ipad game

    Sophia George modelled iPad game Strawberry Thief on a 19th century Morris fabric by the same name on display in the Victoria and Albert museum in London.

    The game enables the player to sketch and colour the famous pattern by flying a bird across the screen of their tablet.

    As the player drags their finger across the screen, it leaves a trial for the bird to follow - and each section of the pattern it flies over then transforms from a pencil sketch to the coloured pattern.

     
  57.  
    10:35: BBC Scotland Weather Latest

    Today brings a mixture of sunshine and blustery showers.

    The heaviest and most frequent of the showers will be found in the North-West, across Argyll, the NW Highlands, the Western Isles and possibly up to Shetland, which could well have some hail and thunder.

    The driest conditions, with the best of the sunshine, will be found in the east. A slightly cooler feel generally today with highs of around 11 or 12C. South westerly winds will however strengthen during the afternoon, becoming strong for most, though continuing to reach gale force in the Western Isles.

     
  58.  
    newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk 10:21: Your Pictures - Get Involved

    Two volunteers at the Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore shelter from the rain as peat smoke drifts out through the thatch.

    newtonmore folk museum

    The picture was taken by Neil MacNeill from Edinburgh. Send us your photographs and we will use the best.

     
  59.  
    10:12: Red dye 'robber' charged

    A man has been arrested following an armed robbery at an Edinburgh bank which was thought to have left the thief covered in red security dye.

    A four-figure sum was taken during the incident at a branch of RBS in Craigentinny on 13 October.

    A 32-year-old man is expected to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court later.

     
  60.  
    10:07: Analysis - Celtic vs Astra

    Read Tom English's take on Celtic's victory over Romanian champions Astra.

    Craig Gordon
     
  61.  
    10:01: Take tax to the max

    Labour should support the devolution of full income tax powers to Scotland, a think tank has said.

    The Red Paper Collective, whose members include Labour MSPs Neil Findlay and Elaine Smith, argued the party's current proposals do not go far enough.

    Money in Scotland

    Labour has backed giving the Scottish Parliament control of three-quarters of basic rate income tax.

    Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has argued that full tax powers would weaken Scottish Labour at Westminster.

     
  62.  
    09:53: It's bin too long...

    Scottish Borders Council's meeting next Thursday will consider re-instating garden waste collection bins.

    Green bin with leaves sticking out

    They were scrapped 10 months ago, but the council's petitions committee has unanimously agreed to revisit the issue, following a plea from ex-Hawick councillor Andrew Farquhar.

    He had handed in a petition signed by more than 8,000 people, addressing the committee from a green bin which he was using as a symbolic lectern.

     
  63.  
    09:44: Piracy row Scot 'struggling'

    A Scottish man trapped in India by a dispute over anti-piracy operations has said he is struggling to support himself.

    Speaking exclusively to BBC Alba's An La programme, Billy Irving said the British authorities had provided little practical support.

    Billy Irving

    He is on bail but unable to leave India.

    The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said it could provide advice but not financial assistance.

     
  64.  
    09:38: BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    CalMac possible delays between Ullapool and Stornoway due to adverse weather on Saturday 25 October.

    Keep an eye on whether your CalMac sailing is running on time here, and keep on eye on hold ups in your area on the BBC Travel site.

     
  65.  
    09:34: Online abuse on the increase

    There has been a big increase in the number of young people contacting a charity about online sexual abuse.

    Model using a laptop computer

    The NSPCC's Childline service says the UK figure has more than doubled in the past year.

    In Scotland, more than 500 young people called the charity looking for help and advice.

     
  66.  
    text 80295 09:23: Drink-drive limit - Your Views

    Hector, Fife: As someone who enjoys one beer with a meal, I feel that this new drink limit will be a further death knell to pubs and restaurants.

    Marie, Uddingston: I'm a 1 drink chancer. I say zero tolerance. Sad but inevitable.

    Tom, Motherwell: I am against drink driving. Can we also remove the bars from both Scottish and UK Parliaments to prevent politicians drinking while on duty and making poor decisions on the future of the country!

     
  67.  
    09:16: Douglas Fraser Business and economy editor, Scotland

    STV applies for local TV licences in Aberdeen, Dundee and Ayr, working with local universities/colleges. Already got Glasgow TV, Edinburgh from Jan.

    Camera in studio
     
  68.  
    09:09: Brazil shooting victim 'was Scottish'

    A man shot dead in Brazil during a robbery is believed to be a 39-year-old Scot named Jason Richard Stevens.

    The BBC's Hugo Bachega told Good Morning Scotland: "He was at a bar when two robbers entered the place. One of them was armed, and witnesses that were quoted by local media say that Jason Richard Stevens went to talk to one of the robbers. It seems that the robber was surprised by how tall he was and shot him dead.

    "He died when he was being taken to hospital."

    Mr Bachega added that according to local media, Mr Stevens is a 39-year-old Scot who was an English teacher in Brazil and had been in the South American country for 13 years.

     
  69.  
    09:02: Public sector worker assaults

    Violence against public sector workers in Scotland, including parking attendants, health service staff and council employees, rose again last year.

    Hospital people

    The total number of recorded incidents was over 37,000 - more than 100 attacks a day.

    But Unison says this may be the tip of the iceberg as many more are never reported, and some organisations do not keep proper statistics.

    The Scottish government says all workers should be safe as they do their jobs.

     
  70.  
    08:52: What the papers say...

    The Scotsman reports that a row has broken out over the long-term viability of Scotland's oil reserves.

    Papers composite

    The Scottish Sun writes that a grandmother has been killed after being kicked by her horse. The Scottish Daily Mail reports that a soldier based in Scotland has been questioned by UK and US police on suspicion that he was travelling to fight jihadists in Syria and Iraq.

    Read our full review of today's papers here.

     
  71.  
    08:48: Morning Call

    Coming up on Morning Call, there will be a discussion over the drink-drive plans and sexual consent. Listen live from 08:50 and get involved by texting 80295 or emailing us.

     
  72.  
    08:43: MacAskill's future

    Kenny MacAskill was also asked about his own future as Justice Secretary.

    With Nicola Sturgeon about to become Scotland's new First Minister, there has been speculation over what role Mr MacAskill would have.

    He said: "That is a matter for the incoming First Minister. I will be happy to serve in whatever capacity, whether that's in a ministerial capacity or elsewhere."

     
  73.  
    08:36: Limit different in England

    If the drink-drive plans come into law, it would mean the legal limit in Scotland would be lower than that in England.

    Drink driving

    On Good Morning Scotland, when asked about why a joint approach with the Westminster government on the issue was not agreed, Mr MacAskill said: "We did seek that, but it was the United Kingdom government that decided not to lower the limit despite, I think, a great deal of public support for it being lowered down there."

     
  74.  
    08:30: 'Broad support' for drink-drive plans

    Kenny MacAskill said the plans to change the drink-drive limit have "broad support".

    The Justice Secretary added: "The support comes not just from the police and law enforcement. It comes from those involved in road safety."

    Asked why the government didn't simply apply a zero tolerance approach, Mr MacAskill said: "There are reasons why individuals may have alcohol in their system. It is also quite clear at the 50 (mg) limit, that is when impairment begins to kick in."

     
  75.  
    08:28: Scottish football gossip

    Celtic are planning to raid Alex McLeish's new side Genk for Senegal international Kara Mbodj.

    dave king

    South Africa-based businessman Dave King is convinced he can still achieve his dream of saving Rangers.

    Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley snubbed King's pleas to meet for takeover talks.

    And Dundee United duo Paul Paton and Mark Wilson face a battle to save their careers after being embroiled in the fracas involving Celtic goalkeeper Lucasz Zaluska.

    It's another day of Scottish football gossip and you can read it here.

     
  76.  
    08:25: Drink-drive changes 'will save lives'

    The Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill has said the Scottish government's plan to reduce the country's drink-drive limit in time for Christmas "will help save lives".

    kenny macaskill

    Mr MacAskill told Good Morning Scotland: "There is clear evidence it will save lives - approximately 20 lives at least.

    "The latest estimates show that approximately one in 10 deaths on Scottish roads involve drivers who are over the legal limit. If you have alcohol in your bloodstream, you are three times as likely to be involved in a fatal car crash.

    "This is about protecting lives of drivers."

     
  77.  
    08:19: MacAskill on drink-drive limit

    Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill is speaking on BBC Scotland's Good Morning Scotland about plans to reduce the drink-drive limit in time for Christmas.

     
  78.  
    08:17: BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    All lanes now open following an accident at Newhouse Junction 6 on the eastbound M8, but congestion back to the Showcase junction.

    Glasgow bound M74 - just after J1A - accident blocking lane 3. Police are at scene and traffic is slow on approach, tailing back to at least Cambuslang Road Junction 2.

    Glasgow's Southside - traffic lights are out of action on Queen's Drive at Victoria Road.

    And in Torphichen, West Lothian, a fuel spillage on A801, both ways at A706 Avon Gorge, means the road is partially blocked.

     
  79.  
    08:13: Deila's delight

    Manager Ronny Deila was delighted to see Stefan Scepovic finally get off the mark as Celtic beat Astra Giurgiu 2-1 in the Europa League.

    stefan scepovic

    The Serbian striker, signed in the summer, missed a host of great chances before he opened the scoring with a second-half header to break his duck.

    "I'm happy for him that he gets the goal," Deila told BBC Scotland.

    "I kept him on the pitch because he was getting chances and I know what a goalscorer he is."

     
  80.  
    08:12: Salmond heading south?

    Alex Salmond has said he has not made up his mind whether or not to stand for a Westminster seat at the next general election.

    alex salmond

    The outgoing Scottish first minister was asked on the BBC's Question Time programme if he would consider becoming an MP again.

    Mr Salmond said he had "absolutely decisively" not made up his mind, but agreed that the door was not closed.

    He served as an SNP MP between 1987 and 2010 for Banff and Buchan.

     
  81.  
    08:03: Drink-drive limit cut by Christmas

    The Scottish government is to reduce the country's drink-drive limit in time for Christmas.

    breath test

    Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill has taken steps which, if approved by the Scottish Parliament, would mean a new limit being introduced on 5 December.

    Under the plans, Scotland's blood alcohol limit would be cut from 80mg to 50mg in every 100ml of blood.

    It would mean the legal limit in Scotland would be lower than that south of the border.

     
  82.  
    08:02: Paul McLaren BBC Scotland News

    Good morning and a warm welcome to Friday's instalment of Scotland Live as we offer you a comprehensive round-up of news, sport, travel and weather between now and 18:00.

     

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