MORE papers which make the case for independence are set to be released by the Scottish Government this summer, the Independence Minister has announced.

Jamie Hepburn declared that the Scotitsh Government is “scaling up” its ambition to equip Scots with information about the country’s constitutional future.

He said that voters can expect more publications in the “Building A New Scotland” series to be published this summer as Humza Yousaf seeks to make a positive case for independence.

Westminster is taking Scotland in the wrong direction with a record fall in living standards, so it is now more urgent than ever that people here are presented with a positive alternative,” he said.

“So, following the launch of the Scottish Government’s proposals for a written constitution in a modern Scotland, further papers in the ‘Building a New Scotland’ series will be launched this summer – as we scale up our work to demonstrate a better future is possible as an independent country.

“Independence is the golden thread that runs through every Scottish Government policy and that’s vital if Scotland is to realise its full potential.

“Self-governance is normal, just look at the success of similarly sized European nations who have chartered their own course and are both wealthier and more equal than the UK.

“With the full levers of independence, we can guarantee protection for our NHS from creeping Westminster privatisation, take real action against the cost of living crisis and establish Scotland as a global renewables capital to tackle the energy crisis and protect our workforce in the North East.

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“The Scottish Government’s vision to build a greener, fairer and more progressive independent nation, is at the forefront of Humza Yousaf’s leadership as Scotland’s First Minister.”

Earlier this week, the First Minister launched a paper which outlined the government’s position on the need for Scotland to have a written constitution post-independence.

The fourth paper in the series claimed that Scotland could have a written constitution as soon as three to five years after independence and that it would likely rule out Scotland as a base for nuclear weapons.

The white paper also said that while Scotland would initially keep King Charles as head of state, a Constitutional Convention would help decide whether the country would keep the monarchy or instead adopt an elected head of state.