The official campaign encouraging people to back Scottish independence in a referendum is being launched in Edinburgh.
The SNP's Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister of Scotland, said that independence was not about "breaking up".
"We can continue to share things where that makes sense," she told Justin Webb.
"But independence puts powers over our economy, over our political life, into the hands of people in Scotland."
An independent Scotland would aim to retain the pound and would take on a part of the national debt proportional to the population, she said.
There was "not a shred of evidence" that the credit rating of an independent Scotland would be in question, she said.
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