UK chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne (centre) has today insisted there will be no currency union with Scotland if it votes in favour of independence. Photograph:  Lynne Cameron/PA Wire.

UK chancellor George Osborne has dismissed the idea of a currency union with an independent Scotland. The comments came as the governme(...)

Scottish first minister Alex Salmond: sterling is “as much Scotland’s” as the rest of the UK’s. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA Wire

European Commission president José Manuel Barroso’s declaration that EU membership for an independent Scotland would be “difficult, if not impo(...)

Deputy first minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon speaking on Scottish independence at University College London on February 13th. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

The Scottish National Party has insisted that the UK’s biggest political parties are “bluffing” in their threat that Scotland will not be allow(...)

Police officers at the scene in Lockerbie, Scotland, after a Boeing 747 aeroplane, Pan Am Flight 103, crashed after a mid flight explosion on board on December 21st, 1988. Photograph: PA Wire.

The evil that caused the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 in the skies above Lockerbie “burst through like a postule on the skin”, a commemoration in the (...)

Deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon presents the Independence White Paper to the members of the Scottish Parliament. Photograph:Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Scotland must seize “the future with both hands”, Scottish first minister Alex Salmond said yesterday as he launched his government’s plans for indepe(...)

The Scottish Government’s white paper on independence  outlines how it believes a Yes vote in next year’s referendum could pave the way for a new era for the nation. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Scotland’s first minister Alex Salmond is unable to guarantee Scots that they will be able to use sterling as their currency if they vote for independ(...)

Nicola Sturgeon (centre) walks past a man draped in a Union flag outside the Scottish parliament in Edinburgh yesterday. Photograph: Getty Images

Little things tell a lot. Alex Salmond yesterday came to Glasgow to launch the Scottish government’s white paper on independence. And he quickly spoke(...)

 Scottish first minister Alex Salmond presents the White Paper for Scottish independence at the Science Museum, Glasgow, today.  Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

An independent Scotland would keep the British pound, the queen and remain in the European Union but have its own defence force and collect its own ta(...)

 Scotland’s deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon who said the country could become an independent country in 2016 if voters back leaving the UK in next year’s independence referendum. Photograph: PA

Scotland could become an independent country on March 24th, 2016 if voters back leaving the UK in next year’s independence referendum, the deputy firs(...)

Scottish first minister and SNP leader Alex Salmond makes his keynote speech at the SNP autumn conference at the Perth Concert Hall.  Photograph: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Scottish voters will back next year’s independence referendum because they trust the Scottish parliament far more than Westminster, Scottish first min(...)