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The pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP) that runs Scotland’s devolved government plans to hold a referendum on the politically sensitive and emotionally charged subject next year, and has played down the impact of a “Yes” vote on Scotland’s international status.

But the 57-page legal opinion – drafted for the British government by two leading independent experts on international law – said the implications could be far-reaching.

The overwhelming weight of international precedent suggested Scotland would be legally deemed a “new state”, it said – a scenario that would force it to re-apply to join international bodies such as the EU, the United Nations and NATO.

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