THE Scottish Independence Convention gave a cautious welcome to the report.

A spokesperson said: “Individual members of the convention will have their own views on the report.

“What everyone welcomes is the chance to have a proper debate about the kind case for independence that we’ll be presenting the public with at a referendum.”

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John Schofield, from the English Scots for Yes group in Dumfries and Galloway, said he was disappointed at how the media was spinning the document, especially in relation to an independent Scotland’s currency. He said: “It’s such a crucial issue – the Unionist media are spinning this as being tied to UK, but it is retaining the pound, it is not a currency union.

“This is vital as it means Scotland can have its own central bank and it does not need permission from the UK. It also means cross-border trade is much easier, which is very important in Dumfries and Galloway, and people should have much fewer worries about pensions. However, the Yes side has to push these facts hard, as so far today this hasn’t been made clear.”

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Schofield said Denmark was a good example of a small country doing well: “Denmark has very few resources compared to Scotland – very little wind power, poor soils, no oil, no whisky and fewer universities – other than its people.

“But it decided to develop high quality farming which can charge a premium, despite it having very poor, glacial soils covering the country.”

He added: “Migration is fundamental to Scotland’s future and it is right to give tax breaks to migrants, in contrast with the UK’s refusal to devolve immigration powers.”