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Brown to urge a new pro-Union Scotland

HILARY DUNCANSON

FORMER Prime Minister Gordon Brown will today propose six "major" constitutional changes to revamp the UK's relationship with Scotland, in a key speech outlining his vision for the country within the Union.

Mr Brown will argue his plans for a new power-sharing constitutional partnership between Scotland and the rest of the UK represent a "radical break" and a more appealing offer than "irreversible" independence.

Such a view of Scotland's future represents a "clear, positive alternative" to independence, and is one which will deliver a strong Holyrood and enable the country to meet the challenges of poverty, health inequality and poor educational standards.

Mr Brown's plans include a constitutional guarantee of the permanence of the Scottish Parliament and a new division of powers between Scotland and Westminster that gives Holyrood more powers in employment, health and regeneration.

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