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McCrone Report

A 1974 classified dossier on the viability of Scottish independence


North Sea Oil Platform
North Sea Oil Platform
Shortly before the first General Election in 1974, Ted Heath's Conservative Government commissioned a report to re-assess Scottish Independence against the background of recent North Sea oil discoveries and EEC membership. The paper, now known under its author's name, Gavin McCrone, then economic advisor to the Scottish Office, was considered so incendiary that it was classified secret immediately.

The paper concluded that for the first time in the history of the United Kingdom, it would be economically advantageous for Scotland to secede from the Union.

The Document

Read the McCrone Report and the covering letter.

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