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Scotland independence 'likely', says SNP MP

It is "likely" that Scotland will separate from the UK after the 2014 referendum on independence, SNP MP Stewart Hosie has said.

At Commons questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland, Michael Moore, and his ministerial team on 21 November 2012, Mr Hosie predicted that independence would make Scotland's economy more competitive.

"The list of recent investment and job announcements in Scotland has been quite remarkable, particularly in the renewables sector," he told MPs.

"There were £2.3bn of completed projects to July this year and a future pipeline of £9.4bn, with many thousands of jobs attached.

"Each of those investment decisions have been taken in the sure and certain knowledge that the referendum is coming and independence is likely," Mr Hosie said, prompting laughter around the chamber.

But Mr Hosie continued by accusing the UK government of spreading "scare stories" that independence could have a detrimental impact on jobs in Scotland.

Scotland Office minister David Mundell replied: "I do not agree with honourable gentleman's analysis.

"These investments are taking place despite the uncertainty, not because of it."

He urged voters in Scotland to ensure that they took the right decision for the "long term".

"Independence is not just for Christmas 2014," he remarked.

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