Scottish Race – Neck & Neck

British Prime Minister David Cameron with Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond
British Prime Minister David Cameron with Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond
British Prime Minister David Cameron with Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond

Campaigners in the battle for Scotland’s future say the referendum result is too close to call with less than two weeks until the vote, BBC reported.
The Sunday Times poll results exclude undecided voters or those who plan not to vote.
When they are included, 47% backed Yes while 45% said they would opt to stay in the UK.
Responding to the polls, a Downing Street source said David Cameron believed there was “only one poll that matters”.
The prime minister would “strain every sinew” to make the case for the union, the source added.

The Yes camp claims to have the “big momentum” behind it, while opponents of independence insist they will win.
It comes as one poll put Yes Scotland narrowly ahead for the first time.
Responding to the poll, UK Chancellor George Osborne promised that in the next few days there would be a plan for more powers to the Scottish government.
With just 11 days of campaigning left, both sides are stepping up their bids for the wavering voters who could yet sway the result.
On 18 September voters will be asked the Yes/No question: “Should Scotland be an independent country?”
The final push for votes comes as a a YouGov poll for the Sunday Times suggested that, of those who have made up their mind, 51% planned to back independence, while 49% intended to vote no.
The poll of 1,084 people, carried out between 2 and 5 September, is the first and only serious study to put the Yes campaign ahead.
The cross-party Better Together campaign – which supports the Union – had previously retained a lead in polls, often reaching double digits.
However, a separate poll for the Yes Scotland campaign put the pro-Union camp four points ahead – by 52% to 48% – when undecided voters were excluded.
Writing in the Sunday Mirror, former Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown appeared to blame the Conservative Party for the closeness of the battle. He suggested the Better Together camp was finding it “difficult” to win over Scots because of anger over coalition policies – including changes to housing benefit and tax cuts for the wealthy.
Better Together campaign leader Alistair Darling said the findings were a “wake-up call”.
“The polls may conflict,” Mr Darling said. “But the message I take from them is clear – if you want Scotland to remain part of the UK family you have to vote for it on 18 September.
On Sunday’s Andrew Marr Show, George Osborne promised further powers to Scotland if there is a No vote.
He said: “You will see in the next few days a plan of action to give more powers to Scotland, more tax powers, more spending powers, more powers over the welfare state.
“That will be put into effect the moment there is a ‘No’ vote in the referendum.”

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