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The debate over oil and independence leads to furious exchanges. 400 jobs


offered to be lost at health care manufacturer in Livingston. Police


Scotland is urged to look again at its IT needs at the wake of the


collapse of plans to create a national computer system. We meet


the Scots veterans, as personnel and civilians who scope served in Iraq


and Afghanistan are honoured with a memorial. The memorial commemorates


particularly the dead and injured, but everyone who served in those


conflicts and they deserve that but everyone who served in those


commemoration. Also on the programme...


Goal! Dunfermline athletic's long held European record tumbles as


Barcelona staged a sensational comeback. Now they want to play the


Catalans Dragons. Scottish independence and declining


oil revenues led to furious Opposition leaders claimed


the slump in the North Sea undermined Scotland's


independent economic prospects. The arguments came as the First


Minister told the BBC that the autumn of 2018 might be


a "common sense" date for a second This from our political


editor Brian Taylor. Oil and independence, the two have


been twinned for 40 years, since the North Sea bonanza began and the SNP


first argued it was a Scottish resource. In a BBC interview Andrew


Wilson, who chairs the SNP's economic growth commission, said oil


well formed a key part of the referendum's offer in the 2014


referendum. The Chancellor's budget confirmed that oil revenues have


declined sharply, well below those 2014 forecasts, but Brexit means the


First Minister is seriously considering a second independence


referendum, possibly next year. Some of your colleagues now talk


about autumn 2018 as a likely date. Within that window I guess, of when


the outline of the UK deal becomes clear and the UK exiting the EU, I


think would be the common-sense time for Scotland have that choice, if


that is the road we choose to go for Scotland have that choice, if


down. You are not ruling out autumn 2018? Not ruling anything out. Oil


and independence, both confronted John Swinney as he deputised for the


First Minister, was in London commemorating the Iraq and


Afghanistan wars. Firstly, the Tories said all talk of a second


independence referendum should be dumped. This morning we had the


First Minister gunning for a referendum on independence next


year. She called it "common-sense". I call it nonsense because most


people in Scotland do not want it. Then, Labour spotlighted the North


Sea slump. The truth he can't escape from is the economic case for


independence is well and truly bust. John Swinney found this twin attack


familiar, as he recalled Labour and Conservative had worked together to


thwart independence. Isn't it revealing that the first available


opportunity, they've come back together again. APPLAUSE


It's, it's like... It's like they've never had a moment apart.


It was a magnificent performance by John Swinney, a rhetorical triumph,


but did he answer the question about John Swinney, a rhetorical triumph,


oil? No, not exactly, just to say Britain had received a bonus from


Scotland's oil. In a referendum campaign nationalists would argue


the fundamental Scottish economy remains robust and would be nurtured


by independence. Then, if, when there is another referendum


campaign, other things would also change direction. For example, you


can bet Labour and the Tories would be campaigning separately.


That debate about the importance of oil to the Scottish economy


is likely to feature if there's to be another independence


This week, we've been looking at the choices facing


the Prime Minister if she's pressed for another Scottish vote.


What about the choices facing the Scottish government?


Here's our business and economy editor, Douglas Fraser.


Listen to both! It's been 13 months since the last in Scotland voted on


independence plans. Brexit vote may not have changed everything, but


it's changed a lot. The debate has moved on. The big question now,


could or should Scotland get back into the European Union or its


single market, as the rest of the UK leaves? That raises a lot of


economic questions for the independence cause. Trade, the big


issue for Brexit. Three years ago the Independent 's proposal was for


Scotland have open border trade with the whole of Europe. Then including


the rest of the UK, simple. But Brexit would force an independent


Scotland to choose. Within the UK goods and people are set to face


customs checks, delays, maybe carrots that the border with Europe,


depending on how the negotiations go. If an independent Scotland were


to be back in the EU, those checks at, delays and tariffs could be at


the Scottish and European border with England. So which matters more?


Seamless trade with a European market which has more than 400


million people in it or a UK market which currently buys four times more


from Scotland and the rest of Europe does? That is closely linked to the


question of which currency Scots would use. Probably the most heated


argument in the last independence campaign. Brexit makes that choice


more complex for an independent Scotland. Share the pound or shadow


it with power lying in London. Maybe face and EU requirement to you join


the Euro or perhaps a new Scottish currency. I think given the Brexit


debate and the idea of a relationship between Scotland in the


EU and the rest of the UK out of it and the level of this respect that's


been shown by the UK Government to Scotland's needs and interests in


the last few months, I think it makes it a currency union even more


the last few months, I think it unlikely and I think it strengthens


the argument for Scotland exploring what would be necessary to create


its own independent currency. The third big change raised at Holyrood


today is oil. Since the first independence referendum the price


has more than half. That sector has slumped. There is now next to no tax


revenue. The industry could revive but following cuts in tax rates


revenue is unlikely to bounce back. Where would that leave Scotland's


public finances? The most recent figures, having to borrow 9% of the


whole economy's Anya output in order to sustain public spending levels.


The most recent gap between tax revenue and spending, ?15 billion.


It's not a sustainable level. Taxation and spending two ways you


can address of the deficit. Taxation is not very popular, but it doesn't


mean taxes need to be increased. Economic growth will increase your


tax base and will increase your revenues from the same level of


taxes, so this is one way of addressing the deficit. The other


one is making choices about which expenditure items are not priorities


for the benefit of Scotland and which of them can be cut. The big


change from 2014 is there is no longer have the option of the status


quo. Out of the European Union or out of the UK union or out of


both... All these routes carry economic risk. Voters would have to


choose which set of risks they prefer and where the potential


rewards look more attractive. And later in the programme,


we'll have a special report from Brussels, where Theresa May


is meeting European leaders for the last time before the Brexit


negotiations are triggered. 400 jobs are set to be lost


in Livingston at a healthcare manufacturer owned by


Johnson and Johnson. It's planning to close


its Ethicon plant in the town. Our reporter Steven Godden


is there for us tonight. Another jobs hit for


West Lothian Steven? Another jobs blow for West Lothian


question it is. Most of the workforce here are local, involved


in that skilled production of medical sutures for surgery, but


owned by Johnson Johnson, they are a small part of a much bigger


operation. It seems as though size has counted against them. Today


staff or called in to meeting to be told if the company's intention to


close here. Part of a global restructuring that they announced


last year, which would see production moved to existing plants


importer Rico, Brazil and Mexico. What will follow now it is a 45 day


consultation but the Scottish Government say the focus is very


much on finding a new owner for the plant as well as supporting staff.


The union say they are shocked and angry, but local politicians have


been considering what it might mean for the area. We will be calling for


an urgent meeting with Johnson Johnson and also to meet any trade


unions, so we clearly want to do all we can and leave no stone unturned


to try and ensure a clear future for this plant. Clearly if that proves


to be impossible, then that will be a significant impact upon the local


economy in West Lothian. They have a long history as an employer in this


area. 14 years ago this plant survived when two others in


Edinburgh and a distribution centre here in Livingston closed, with the


loss of 850 jobs. Tonight though it seems like this plant's time is


nearly up. OK, many thanks. Anticipated savings of ?200 million


have been lost to Police Scotland after the collapse of a scheme


to upgrade all of its IT systems. Public spending watchdog,


Audit Scotland, is now urging the force urgently


to reassess its IT needs. Our home affairs correspondent


Reevel Alderson reports. This is the public face of policing


in Scotland. Officers visible to the community, keeping people safe. But


off the streets the police presence is just as important, with computer


technology driving communications and information handling. But the


eight former regional forces all had their own systems and in some cases


they didn't talk to each other. The solution with a new national system


called ice six. Work began in June 2013 on the project which was to


cost ?46 million and save 200 million. Less than a year later,


following disagreements between police Scotland and the developer,


the contract was change. In August 2015 the system was handed to


police, who discovered fundamental flaws and serious errors. A year


later, I6 was terminated, the contract are repaid nearly ?25


million the police had spent on it. contract are repaid nearly ?25


Although there is no loss to the public purse, Scotland's spending


watchdog says crucial savings can't now be made. The benefits that were


expected to come from the I6 project have been delivered yet and we don't


have plans from the police service on how they will achieve those


benefits. That matters because of the scale of the funding gap


policing is facing and because the changing nature of the work of the


police really does rely on them having much better and more flexible


IT systems than they currently do. That the body that oversees police


Scotland says savings are being made in a series of smaller scale IT


improvements. They have delivered 30 national applications since 2013.


Indeed, within six months of the I6 programme coming to an end, they had


rolled out a national custody system nationwide. That was a key element


of I6, so the work goes on. It is crucial it does, with the police


Scotland facing a Budget deficit of ?188 million over three years,


almost the same amount as the I6 system was supposed to save.


British military personnel and civilians who served in Iraq


and Afghanistan have been honoured with a memorial, which was unveiled


Thousands of Scots served in the three conflicts.


Many were injured or killed and Cameron Buttle now reports


The Queen's Piper, a Scots soldier who served and fought on the front


line in Afghanistan. He pays his tribute to those who never returned.


May this memorial commemorate the lives and service of all who took


part in the operation... He played at the unveiling of the National


Memorial in London to all those, military and civilian, who served in


Iraq and Afghanistan. Soldiers like Douglas Jung, who served in Douglas


storm, the first Iraq war. The -- Memorial commemorates the dead and


injured but also everyone who served in those conflicts and they deserve


that commemoration. The three rifles battalion has been based in


Edinburgh for more than a decade. It suffered terrible losses across the


complex. One tour of Afghanistan cost 16 lives. A lot of the guys who


were killed are and still do have a lot of friends, including me, and


eyes of my seniority, had friends who were killed on those tours. It


is very personal, but we are very family orientated regiment. Any kind


of loss, and I don't suppose we are different to any other regiment, we


consider ourselves a close family. There are no plans for a similar


Scottish memorial. All the names of those who lost their lives serving


in Scottish units are recorded at the National War Memorial in


Edinburgh. Is incredibly important, it's important for the families and


it definitely seems to be important for the younger generation is coming


along. It will be there for the future. There are many memorials


across Scotland marking service and sacrifice. This was the most intense


period of combat operations since the Second World War, but today was


all about recognition for all of those who served during three


conflicts that spanned a generation. You're watching BBC


Reporting Scotland. Furious exchanges at Holyrood over


independence and oil revenues. And still to come -


the young Scottish free-runner whose And still to come -


the young Scottish free-runner who's recreated the opening


scene from Trainspotting. Back now to Brexit and Theresa May


is in Brussels this evening for what's expected


to be her last European Council summit before the UK


starts the formal process But what role, if any,


is Scotland expected to play? Our political correspondent


Nick Eardley is in That meeting between the EU 28


continues at the moment and it should finish very soon. Theresa May


will continue to attend summits for some time, months, probably years


but when she triggers Article 50, she says within the next three


weeks, the relationship will start to change. I've been finding out


what the future may look like and what role Scotland might play in


shaping it. Welcome to Brussels, the epicentre


of European politics, a hub for European institutions, for


negotiating and political lobbying. Theresa May was not feeling chatty


as she arrived for talks with other European leaders. Almost certainly


her last at the top table before Brexit formally begins. At the end


of that process, the Prime Minister says the UK will be out of the


single market but the Scottish Government still hopes Scotland


could be allowed to remain in. As she gets ready to start the formal


Brexit process, what role is Scotland playing in this? What are


our politicians in Brussels doing? Is there any appetite for Scotland


to have different arrangements with the UK leaves? You know better about


Scotland's relationship with the EU than this man. David Martin has been


a member of the European Parliament for more than 30 years. I would say


at the moment, there is sympathy and understanding of what the Scottish


Government brought forward those understanding of what the Scottish


proposals but I don't think yet that translate into support. Not everyone


is convinced by a separate arrangement. The Spanish in


particular have reservations. In this building, lobbying for the EU's


regions takes place at the man who makes the case for nationalist party


says many are listening. Europe understands the Scottish people


wanted to remain in the European Union. I think Scotland needs to


take advantage of that. What happens in the end, we don't know because


nothing has been defined. But there's a limit to what Scottish


ministers can achieve. The EU negotiates solely with the UK


Government and there's little sign it is about to put Scottish demands


on the table. Nevertheless... There's a lot of water to flow under


the bridge yet. I'm conscious I may well sound like the last soldier


coming out of the jungle but I still think there are solutions. Others


think over just a Scotland are all part of your's game. The best deal,


they say, is one that works for the whole UK. We need to be absolutely


united to get the best possible deal because there are canny negotiators


on the other side who will do all they can to disunited the UK to


their own ends, to their ends, not too hot Scotland all the UK, but to


help themselves. Which of these views is reflected when UK ministers


start talks will be confirmed soon. Then the process of discussing where


Scotland and the UK stand in Brussels will officially begin.


The first of a fleet of five warships being built on the Clyde


A bottle of whisky was broken over the bow of the 90-metre


offshore patrol vessel in a christening ceremony this


morning at BAE Systems' Scotstoun shipyard.


She's expected to go into service next year and will be used


for counter-terrorism, anti-smuggling and


The MoD say work on HMS Forth and her sister ships is sustaining


Rangers are a step closer to announcing their new head coach.


Pedro Caixinha has been given permission to come to Glasgow


by his club in Qatar, Al-Gaharafa.


He's been heavily linked with the vacancy following last


Orginally from Portugal, Caixinha quit playing football


at the age of 23 to study sport science, and has


since coached in Mexico, Greece and the Middle East.


Scotland play England in the Six Nations on Saturday.


With three rounds of matches already playedm both sides have a chance


With three rounds of matches already played both sides have a chance


of going on to win the Championship, but only Vern Cotter's Scotland can


stop England under Eddie Jones equalling a world record.


He's transformed England's rugby team from underachievers to second


top of the world rankings. He's Australian. He's Eddie Jones. He's


made the adjustment, beautiful strike. His first match in charge


was against Scotland in 2016. Eddie's England won that, as they


have every subsequent game. Leading to a six Nations grand slam and a


3-0 Test series win in Australia. If England win on Saturday, they will


equal New Zealand's world record of 18 straight wins. 17 in 17 matches


equal New Zealand's world record of under Jones. Every week, it gets


harder, and that is the great thing. You know, we have got some good


players coming back. Probably the strongest 23 we have picked for a


long time. This is the man who wants to stop the Jones juggernaut. Eddie


is very competitive, they are a competitive team, they are playing


for something that is important to them and an appeal that is important


to them. So there will be a number of reasons why it will be a tough


game. This is Vern Cotter's third and final Six Nations before he


makes way for Gregor Townsend. In 2015, Scotland lost all five


matches. Last year, they won two. They have it called that already


this season, and if they upset the odds on Saturday, they could go on


to be champions. To be perfectly honest, it has not been discussed a


lot within the team. Neither has the Calcutta Cup, the triple Crown,


nothing, all that has been discussed is the content of the game, trying


to get the content right, trying to keep the organisation, the


structure, so we can perform at our best. In a way, you could say on


Saturday it is an Aussie against a key way, or maybe Jones against


Cotto. It is definitely England against Scotland. -- and Aussie


against a kiwi. After the greatest comeback


in Champions League history, Barcelona have been


challenged to a friendly... Both clubs managed to overturn


a 4-0 first leg defeat. The Spanish giants


did it last night. The Pars have to look


a little further back, Look at the forward line you know,


we had some great players, Jackie Sinclair, George Peebles, fantastic


players. Trip down memory lane for one of five's favourite folk. Do a


time when Jock Stein was the Dunfermline manager. December 1962


trailing 4-0 from the first leg, the Pars beat the Fairs Cup holders


Valencia 6-2. It was the start of the halcyon years and we had 41


games in Europe at that time and it was a great time for Scottish


football, Rangers and Celtic doing really well but Dunfermline were up


there with them. The scores, the teams we were beating in Europe,


fantastic time. Over half a century on from the European pioneers of


eastern part, stars of the present like Messi, Suarez and Neymar also


had a 4-0 deficit to turn around. Paris Saint-Germain had scored,


meaning 551 would not be enough. Good Barcelona find a sixth? As the


fans celebrated, Dunfermline tweeted, "Congratulations, guys,


fancy a friendly to say sorry for taking our record?" If the invite is


taken up, Barcelona can see the cup that commemorates the defeat of


Valencia. In Scottish football history, it must rank as among the


best results. You can't take it away from the likes of Celtic, Rangers


Aberdeen who have won European trophies. But their resources are


much greater than Dunfermline's and four Dunfermline to, as you say,


beat Valencia 6-2, it just wasn't really credible at the time and it


is very hard to believe it now as well. It is nearly 55 years since


Valencia were vanquished on this patch of turf in Fife. But unlike


Barcelona last night, there was no happy ending for Jock Stein's side.


The Pars lost to the Spaniards in a deciding play-off match.


A free-runner has recreated the opening scene from Trainspotting.


16-year-old Robbie Griffith runs, jumps and somersaults around


Choose life. Choose a sport. music is the same, the place is the


same but it's not an actor. It is a schoolboy from Coatbridge. Robbie


Griffith was not even born when the first film came out but he has put


his own spin on the opening scene, calling it, Choose Parkour. It's


becoming huge it, Robbie is one of the UK's leading parkour athlete.


He's been doing it since he was ten and has an agent. Despite this,


there's astonishment at how many hits the video has got. I had no


idea it would go up as much as it did. I'm really surprised. Next


morning I woke up and it was over 100,000 views. It's insane. I don't


the governor had that many. I hope it helps parkour grow to a bigger


audience people recognise it so it is not about hoodlums hanging on


street corners. The boys, who is not about hoodlums hanging on


friends through a love of the sport, wanted to show it is fun, athletic


and not dangerous. The video wanted to show it is fun, athletic


shot in a weekend by Johnston, a film student. It took us about two


days to shoot. Then it took me a while afterwards to edit. It was a


simple idea that Robbie came up to me on the Friday night and the next


day, the next morning, we went into Edinburgh and shot it. Parkour has


been criticised for being risky but this video is opposed to show how


controlled and precise the movements are. This isn't just about having


fun. Parkour has been recognised as a sport in the UK for the first


time. It is about discipline, control and focus. Suzanne Allen,


Reporting Scotland, Coatbridge. That is brave and there is much more on


the making of that film on tonight Timeline where the star and director


will be live in the studio on BBC Two Scotland at 7:30pm. Will the


weather hammers jumping for joy or heading for the hills?


It was not bad today. Good evening. Lovely spring day for many today.


Plenty of blue skies around. Tonight, largely dry. Some rain on


the way. This is the chart and you can see we have a ridge of high


pressure overhead tonight but rain out in the Atlantic which will edge


its dawn tomorrow. In the next few hours, largely dry. The showers we


have had across the far north and Northern Isles easing down and the


wind as well. There will be some clear spells. For some, a chilly


night, temperatures in towns and cities around 2-4. In the


countryside, perhaps approaching frost. Wet weather edging in for


tomorrow morning. It will be a cloudy day compared with today. Most


of the wet weather are fairly light and in the West. Further east,


of the wet weather are fairly light morning sunshine but expect the


cloud to streaming and it will turn hazy. Briefly from the south, a


moderate southerly but fresh at times on the West Coast. By


mid-afternoon, a very different data today, fairly cloudy and quite murky


at times with some hill fog and low cloud around the west Coast.


Temperatures there around seven or eight, and further west, nine or


ten. Some holes in the cloud, perhaps around the Moray Firth and


East Lothian. But also a lot of cloud and rain. Most likely in the


West and north-west. Shetland probably staying dry until dusk. As


we head through the rest of the afternoon and into the evening, we


start to see a more persistent band of rain arriving. This is overnight


Friday into Saturday. It works its way in across the country. That


means the weekend gets off to a cloudy and wet note but it will


improve. On Saturday, cloud and rain swinging out towards the North Sea.


The afternoon, a vast improvement, dry, bright with some sunshine,


12-14, with light winds, and it will feel quite pleasant. The weekend in


general, fairly mild, certainly on Saturday and Saturday itself will be


an improving date with sunshine by the afternoon. On Sunday, some


bright spells around but also a few showers at times. That is the


forecast. I'll be back with the headlines at 8


and the late bulletin just Until then, from everyone


on the team - right


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