State of independence?

The issue of whether to separate from the Mother Country has been put top of the agenda by the mid-Atlantic island's Progressive Labour Party (PLP) government, which was openly pro-independence even before it won power for the first time in 1998.Premier Alex Scott opened a public debate on independence by explaining that it is his government's intention to seek independence from the UK if the party is re-elected at the next general election, which can be held no later than September 2008.The