34% of Scots back independence

David Cameron and Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond have signed a deal to grant the government in Edinburgh the power to hold a referendum on independence. But an ITV News Index poll appears to show only 34% of Scots support independence.

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Scotland will be free to legislate on referendum

The agreement between the UK Government and the Scottish Government on a referendum states:

The governments have agreed that the referendum should have a clear legal base; be legislated for by the Scottish Parliament; be conducted so as to command the confidence of parliaments, government and people; and deliver a fair test and decisive expression of the views of people in Scotland and a result that everyone will respect ...

The referendum legislation will set out the date of the referendum; the franchise; the wording of the question; rules on campaign financing; and other rules for the conduct of the referendum.

– Agreement between the UK and Scottish Governments on a referendum on independence



Salmond gives Cameron a warm reception

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond shook hands with the Prime Minister before their meeting on Scottish independence.

Prime Minister David Cameron shakes hands with Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

The pair sat opposite each other for the meeting, flanked y the Scottish Secretary and Deputy First Minister of Scotland.

On the wall behind Mr Salmond's back hung a picture showing the Scottish constituencies won by his SNP party at the last election.

Cameron (L) meets with Alex Salmond (R), watched by Scottish Secretary Michael Moore (2nd L) and Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon Credit: Gordon Terris/The Herald/PA Wire
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