An independent Scotland would not have to renegotiate 14,000 international treaties, the UK Government has admitted.

But the Foreign Office warned the figure could still be in the thousands.

Last month a report by the UK Government said Britain had signed up to 14,000 treaties worldwide and implied that an independent Scotland could face discussions over many of them with other countries.

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SNP MP Mike Weir said: "The UK Government has been caught out – this is farcical scaremongering. They have absolutely no idea how many treaties are even relevant".

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "The UK has one of the most developed treaty frameworks in the world as a result of its global role."