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"Forget £350 million a week for the NHS; an independent Scotland would be forced to find a huge £8.5 billion down the back of the sofa due to their 8% deficit. A report by the Institute for Government warns it would also “almost certainly be more expensive for Scotland to borrow than for the UK” as a result of higher interest rates."
And there's more. Link to full post: Sturgeon's £8.5 Billion Austerity Drive in Event of Scottish Independence
I think that might be out of date
Scotland‘s deficit more than doubled to £36.3bn, or 22.4% of GDP in 2020-21, the highest yearly figure since devolution, but it should not be an obstacle to making the case for independence, according to Scotland’s finance secretary.
Scottish finance secretary says notional deficit of £36.3bn for 2020-21 does not undermine case for leaving UK