SCOTLAND'S economy would be "on hold" for five years in the event of independence while Holyrood updated the legal environment for business, according to the Scot who represents the UK's entire financial sector.
WESTMINSTER would stop representing Scotland's national interests overseas the instant there was a Yes vote for independence, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has warned.
THE president of the European Parliament has blocked legal advice on whether an independent Scotland could be fast-tracked to EU membership.
The UK potentially faces the same issues in a vote on membership of the European Union as Scotland faces in its referendum, a leading economist has said in Edinburgh.
RUSSIA has rallied support for a Crimean bid to secede from Ukraine, with a senior politician saying the region would be welcomed as an equal subject of the Russian Federation.