Monday 18 December 2017

Nicholas Leonard: Salmond facing big struggle over financial risks

Nicholas Leonard in Westminster

The Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond, used to love visiting Dublin. In the halcyon days of the Celtic Tiger, the rampant success of the Irish economy enabled him to claim that an independent Scotland could thrive equally well.

Things are rather different these days. When Mr Salmond met Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Dublin last week, their personal rapport was evident but Ireland is no longer being paraded to doubtful Scottish voters as an argument for full independence from Westminster.

Instead, Mr Salmond's biggest dilemma is to convince the sceptics that Scotland will not be financially undermined by breaking away from Westminster.

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