ALISTER Jack’s refusal to allow Indyref 2 is a body blow to nationalists. The Scottish Secretary should publish the full facts on a referendum – the question, who can vote, the threshold (two-thirds, surely?) – and what life after independence would be like: the UK will not pay Scottish pensions; Scotiand cannot have the pound; an inevitable people and goods border; Remain-voting council areas’ right to stay in the UK.

He should announce this before the Holyrood election, widely trailed as a proxy refer- endum. Can anyone imagine Germany or the US making it so easy for Bavaria or Califor- nia to dismantle their successful countries?

ALLAN SUTHERLAND, Stonehaven, Kincardineshire.

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