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Alex Salmond: Why Scotland should leave the UK

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The Scottish National Party recently decided to postpone its plans for a referendum on independence. The First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond, says the SNP will campaign for a referendum ahead of the Scottish elections in May next year.

Before the economic recession he said an independent Scotland could join an "arc of prosperity" which included countries like Iceland, Ireland and Norway.

But given the economic upheavals in Ireland and the rest of Europe do Scots really want to go it alone and breakaway from the rest of the United Kingdom? Alex Salmond talks to Stephen Sackur.

You can watch the full interview on Thursday 25 November 2010 on BBC World News at 0430, 0930, 1530 and 2130 GMT. It can also be seen at 2330 on Thursday 25 November and 0430 on Friday 26 November on the BBC News Channel.

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