Nicola Sturgeon, deputy first minister of the SNP.
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Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland can afford independence

Scotland will take part in a referendum next year which will ask residents if they want to be an independent country.

Speaking to the Today programme, Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister in the SNP Scottish government, said: "The economy is at the heart of this debate."

She said: "My argument is that Scotland can more than afford to be independent. We're one of the wealthiest countries in the world, we more than pay our way."

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Wednesday 18 September 2013.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Wednesday 18 September 2013.

  • 18 Sep 2013