Alex Salmond's new Alba Party says independent Scotland would not take on its ...

An independent Scotland should not have to pay its fair share of Britain's national debt if it quits the UK, Alex Salmond's new nationalist party has claimed.

Policy documents drawn up by Alba say that it 'rejects entirely any obligation' for the country to inherit a slice of the £1.8trillion if it secedes from the union in the future.

The statement puts the party at adds with Nicola Sturgeon's SNP, which before the 2014 referendum agreed an independent Scotland would take on a 'negotiated and agreed' share of the UK debt.

Mr Salmond, who was previously SNP leader, has urged his former party to adopt this stance on what Alba called a 'clean break settlement'. 

It comes as his party struggles to make much of a dent in polling ahead of Thursday's Holyrood election. 

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Mr Salmond, who was previously SNP leader, has urged his former party to adopt this stance on what Alba called a 'clean break settlement'.

Mr Salmond, who was previously SNP leader, has urged his former party to adopt this stance on what Alba called a 'clean break settlement'.

The statement puts the party at adds with Nicola Sturgeon's (pictured today) SNP, which before the 2014 referendum agreed an independent Scotland would take on a 'negotiated and agreed' share of the UK debt.

The statement puts the party at adds with Nicola Sturgeon's (pictured today) SNP, which before the 2014 referendum agreed an independent Scotland would take on a 'negotiated and agreed' share of the UK debt.

Line of Duty star Martin Compston - who lives in Las Vegas - urges Scots to vote for the SNP

Line Of Duty star Martin Compston is at the centre of a Twitter storm today after encouraging Scots to back Nicola Sturgeon in the election. 

The actor urged Scots not to leave the outcome of Thursday's election to chance, calling on them to back the SNP in the ballot.

 

But he became embroiled in a spat with Tory MPs and voters who accused the Greenock-born star of 'hypocrisy' because he now lives in Las Vegas (above) with his American wife. 

Scottish Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser tweeted: 'Another 'celeb' who doesn't live here telling us how to vote.'

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Compston clapped back, sharing a picture of a Tory campaign flyer sent to his home in Greenock, and hitting back at critics who accused him of being a 'hypocrite' and telling them how to vote. 

He said he pays 'top rate tax in Scotland and always has,' adding: 'I see Scottish tory twitter and their bots enraged an actor would express an opinion. 

'Apparently it isn't valid either as they claim I don't live here. In that case could you do me, the postman and the environment a favour and stop sending me literature asking for my vote.'

The Scottish actor, who stars as Steve Arnott in the hit BBC drama, made the plea in an online rally, which aired shortly before last night's Line Of Duty finale.  

Compston was joined by other high-profile SNP supporters, including actors Alan Cumming and Brian Cox, crime writer Val McDermid and Mogwai musician Stuart Braithwaite. 

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Alba announced the new policy after figures published in October last year showed the UK Government gross debt reaching more than £1,876 billion - in part because of massive spending to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

However, Alba noted that 'as a percentage of GDP the debt has doubled since the financial crisis of 2008 when the government and Bank of England embarked on wholesale quantitative easing'.

The policy - which was drawn up by economist and Alba Party Central Scotland candidate Jim Walker - stated: 'That debt is largely owed by one branch of government (the Treasury) to another (the central bank) and therefore forms no legitimate liability for the Scottish or any other people.'

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