News in Scotland - Tuesday

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Details have been published by the Scottish government over how
Scotland would move from being a part of the Union to joining the
international community of independent nations

Scottish News: News in Scotland - Tuesday

SCOTLAND

Scottish Government presents independence transition map
The Scottish government has plotted the transition from Scotland being part of the Union to an independent country, BBC Scotland reports.  Under the assumption that Scots will vote yes in next year’s referendum, independence would be gained in March 2016. This would be followed by the first election of an independent parliament in May. Co-convenor of the Scottish Greens Patrick Harvie welcomed the news, expressing hopes that it will lead to a written constitution. The SNP government’s paper calls on UK ministers to collaborate on the planning of the transition, however, David Cameron will not undergo any negotiations prior to the referendum.  SNP MSP Annabelle Ewing , who sits on the Scottish parliament’s Referendum Bill committee, said that the paper showed detailed plans on the yes side which should pressurise ‘Better Together’ to provide a clearer argument for remaining within the Union.

Severe weather conditions continue for Scotland 
Scotland will experience more severe weather in many areas as snowfall and blizzards continue. Northern areas and central Scotland will see the worst conditions with amber snow warnings whilst Strathclyde, the Highlands and the Western Isles have been given yellow high wind alerts.

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Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce launches referendum consultation
Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce has launched its referendum consultation to allow businesses to engage with the referendum debate and the impact on the future of Scotland’s businesses. Commencing with a dinner on Monday night, head of the Better Together campaign, Alistair Darling, said that business leaders should reject independence to ensure the free-trade barrier with the rest of the UK. This is the first of many events which will be hosted by the Chamber to allow platforms for both sides of the debate and allow Edinburgh businesses to engage.

SNP stamp duty replacement will bring “significant financial burden on families”
The Edinburgh Solicitors’ Property Centre (ESPC) warned MSPs that the SNP government’s alternative to stamp duty will place a “significant financial burden on families” in areas of Scotland with above-average house prices. The estate agent group said that middle-class families will pay 30 percent more in tax compared to now when the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) is introduced in April 2015.

Scottish government investment programme on track
The Scottish government is on track to spend £3.1bn this year as part of an investment programme to fund new schools, hospitals and roads is on course to spend, it has been announced. The projects for 2012-13 will support more than 40,000 jobs, while another £3.4bn of capital investment is planned 2013-14, according to the government.

INTERNATIONAL

UK crisis: Osborne threatens to break up gambling high street banks
Britain will no longer allow ‘too big to fail’ banks with high-street banks facing the threat of being split up unless they detach from unstable investment subsidiaries. Chancellor George Osborne yesterday promised that UK taxpayers will never again have to bail out banks such as RBS and Lloyds for gambling with the money of everyday customers.

Barclays readies a further £1bn for ‘mis-selling’ compensation
Barclays has set aside another £1bn to compensate its customers for the fraudulent sale of financial products known as ‘mis-selling’ only hours before new CEO and replacement to Bob Diamond, Antony Jenkins was due to appear before MPs in the banking standards commission.  For fraudulent sales of Payment Protection Insurance (PPI), the bank set aside £600mn "based on claims experience to date and anticipated future volumes" while £400mn was added to the bill for mis-selling interest rates to small businesses.

Post 9/11 ‘covert support’ offered by over a quarter of world’s government
Over a quarter of the world’s governments offered ‘covert support’ in kidnapping, detention and torture post-9/11 according to a new report by human rights organisation the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI). "There is no doubt that high-ranking Bush administration officials bear responsibility for authorising human rights violations associated with secret detention and extraordinary rendition, and the impunity that they have enjoyed to date remains a matter of significant concern," the OSJI writes.

Iran’s Ahmadinejad: alleged Israeli attack in Syria, Zionist “weakness”
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called yesterday’s alleged Israeli attack in Syria, Zionist “weakness”, according to The Jerusalem Post.  In an interview with Lebanon's channel Al-Mayadeen, Mr Ahmadinejad said that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is “always welcome” in Tehran as there was n separation for Palestinian factions in the eyes of Iran.

Argentina announces 2-month supermarket price freeze
Argentina will enforce a two-month price freeze on all supermarkets, including mega-chains such as Walmart in a bid to postpone inflation, Associated Press reported. The companies’ trade group, representing 70 percent of the Argentine supermarket sector, reached the agreement with Commerce Secretary Guillermo Moreno, according to government news agency Telam.

North Korea nuclear test “imminent”
North Korea’s testing of another nuclear missile has been described as “imminent” by South Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations who said.  "Very busy activities" have been occurring at the nuclear test centre in the North and “everybody’s watching” according to Kim Sook. Speaking at après conference, the South Korean ambassador said he expected that the UN security council would respond with "firm and strong measures".

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