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Deputy First Minister sets out "compelling reasons" to vote for independence

The Scottish Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has set out what she claims are six "compelling reasons" in favour of independence to mark the milestone that it's six months to the Scottish Referendum.

She argues an independent Scotland would create more jobs, spend tax revenues on "Scotland's priorities", protect public services, "guarantee we get governments we vote for", set up an oil fund and have a retirement age in line with Scotland's circumstances.

"The referendum is a choice between taking Scotland's future into Scotland's hands or leaving our future in the hands of an out-of-touch Westminster establishment.

"The No campaign call themselves Project Fear but we have seen a move to Project Threat in recent days with increasingly over-the-top comments.

"So it's no wonder that support for Yes continues to advance in the polls while the No campaign has stalled - with a swing of only around 5% now needed to secure a Yes vote in September."

– Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

Voters have just six months to decide on Scottish Referendum

People in the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway will join fellow Scots in six months time to vote in the Scottish Independence Referendum.

Senior politicians and campaigners from both sides of the argument are holding events and debates in Scotland to look ahead to September 18.

Nationalists say the momentum is with the Yes campaign with half a year to go, but those who want to keep the union have warned that there will be no going back if Scotland crosses the line to independence.



Salmond attempts to 'win hearts and minds' of English

MPs from both North and South of the Border have been debating Scottish Independence in Westminster today.

It comes as Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond took the "yes" campaign to London. He's giving a lecture this evening on why he believes Britain and an independent Scotland can still work together.

Peter MacMahon reports from Holyrood:

'Independence would damage economy' claim MPs

MPs say Scottish independence would damage the economy in Northern England.

Speaking in a debate in parliament in Westminster, they said a border between England and Scotland would reduce trade and travel, affecting workers and businesses here.

The SNP have called the claims 'scaremongering', as English MPs lined up to oppose Scottish independence.

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