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UK Treasury says time to start busting "myths" on Scottish independence

Published on Apr 27, 2014 10:04 AM
 
Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander will say the Scottish government's assumptions about oil revenues are over-optimistic and accuse it of failing to acknowledge the impact of Scotland's ageing population on the country's finances, the Treasury said in a statement on Sunday.  -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - The British government will step up its campaign against Scottish independence this week when a senior Treasury official travels to Edinburgh to try to dispel "myths" surrounding claims made by supporters of secession.

Danny Alexander will say the Scottish government's assumptions about oil revenues are over-optimistic and accuse it of failing to acknowledge the impact of Scotland's ageing population on the country's finances, the Treasury said in a statement on Sunday.

Ahead of a Sept 18 independence referendum, the British government's campaign to keep the 307-year-old union with Scotland intact is battling to hold on to a shrinking poll lead over nationalists, who say a split would give Scotland the freedom to create a fairer and more prosperous nation.

The nationalists accuse London and its Scottish supporters of running a scare campaign on the currency, European Union membership and public finances to frighten the 5.3 million Scots into staying in the United Kingdom.

 
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