GLASGOW, Scotland Nov 26 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 taxes, First Minister Alex Salmond said in a report
published on Tuesday.
In a 670-page blueprint aimed at convincing Scots they
should vote on Sept. 18 next year to end a 306-year union with
England, Salmond said there would be no need to increase taxes
if Scotland broke away.
"We know we have the people, the skills, and resources to
make Scotland a more successful country," said Salmond, head of
a devolved government in Scotland, which for now is still part
of the United Kingdom.
He said Scottish taxes would not be spent on nuclear
programmes and the United Kingdom's nuclear missiles would be
removed from Scotland for good.
"Independence will put the people of Scotland in charge of
our own destiny" he said.