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In a new letter to Number 10, Alex Salmond told the Prime Minister that his New Year plea to Scots to stay in the UK undermined this argument not agree to a public debate, since independence is a decision for the people of Scotland.
Mr Salmond also accused Mr Cameron of using Scottish public funds in the anti-independence campaign, and then plotting to cut Scotland's budget if it votes no.
David Cameron has come under renewed pressure for a public debate with Alex Salmond following his New Year anti-independence message and a new SNP poll which suggests a substantial number of British people want to see them go head-to-head on television.
Over three-fifths of people in Scotland and over half of people in the rest of the UK think there should be televised referendum debate between the Prime Minister and First Minister, a Panelbase poll commissioned by the SNP found.
This compares with around a quarter on both sides of the border who do not wish to see a TV debate, the poll suggests.Mr Cameron has steadfastly refused Mr Salmond's challenge, insisting the debate should be amongst the people of Scotland.