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Nicola Sturgeon yet to see final draft of blueprint for independence

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire)
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire)

NICOLA STURGEON has yet to see the final draft of a long-awaited blueprint for independence.

Although the First Minister has seen drafts of the long-awaited report by her Growth Commission, chaired by ex-SNP MSP Andrew Wilson, the completed version will only be handed over this week after she returned from a trip to China yesterday.

Senior sources said there is no fixed date for the report’s publication but confirmed it would be unveiled before the party’s June conference.

One insider said: “There have been reports of it sitting gathering dust in the FM’s drawer for months but she hasn’t seen the final version yet but will when she gets back from China.”

The 400-page document is split into three sections: growth, bringing public finances under control and the potential currency for an independent Scotland.

Sources familiar with the document said latter includes short and longer-term plans, ultimately moving towards a separate Scottish currency.

It makes the argument that, while stability should be sought in the short term, the fluctuation in the pound post-Brexit means a new currency is a less volatile prospect than in 2014.

The Commission was set up in 2016.