Call to explain independence legal issues

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DAVID Cameron’s senior adviser on Scots law has said the Scottish Government has offered no credible explanation on key legal issues facing an independent Scotland.

Advocate general Lord Wallace challenged the SNP to put forward clear evidence rather than what he calls “assertion” on how it will retain EU membership, the sterling currency and UK banking regulations.

“It is time for some assertions to be examined by independent experts and allow people to have a better understanding of what differences independence would bring about,” he said. “The Scottish Government paint a picture of a separate Scotland that retains EU membership, retains sterling, retains UK banking regulations. So far they have provided no credible explanation as to how they would achieve these ambitions.

Meanwhile, the Scottish Youth Parliament has welcomed reports that the UK Government is ready to allow 16 and 17-year-olds to vote in the referendum.