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Currency union rejected by 44% in new poll

Over 40% of people across Britain do not believe there should be currency union if Scotland becomes a independent, according to a new poll.

Over 40% of people surveyed across Britain rejected a currency union with Scotland.
Over 40% of people surveyed across Britain rejected a currency union with Scotland. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Asked the question: "If Scotland votes for independence should there be a currency union?" 44% replied with "no," the Springboard UK poll for the Sunday Express found.

A total of 22% welcomed sharing the pound while the remainder said they were not sure.

The poll of 2,008 people was carried out on August 28 was carried out in England, Wales and Scotland.

Of those polled in Scotland however, 60% said they were in support of a currency union, while 21% were opposed and 19% did not know.

Andy Murray 'would represent' independent Scotland

Tennis star Andy Murray has reportedly said he will play for Scotland if the country votes for independence next month.

Andy Murray said he would imagine that he would play for Scotland if it votes for independence.
Andy Murray said he would imagine that he would play for Scotland if it votes for independence. Credit: PA

Britain’s first Wimbledon champion in 77 years said: "If Scotland became independent, then I imagine I would be playing for Scotland."

Speaking after his defeat of Matthias Bachinger at the US Open, he added that he had watched some of the second debate between Scottish first minister Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling, who leads the Better Together opposition.

But he did not think that his countrymen would vote for independence, according to The Times (£).

He said: "I haven't thought that much about that yet because I don't think it's looking too likely that it's going to happen."

He added: "If it did happen, then it would be pretty much the first time in my life that I would have ever not been Great Britain - that has been normal to me.”

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Man arrested over Scottish Referendum votes on eBay

A man has been arrested in Scotland after votes in the Scottish independence referendum were listed on the auction website eBay.

A spokesman for Police Scotland said:

Following police enquiries, a 28 year-old man was arrested in the Drumchapel area of Glasgow earlier today, Saturday 30 August 2014, in relation to an alleged contravention of Schedule 7 of the Scottish Independence Referendum Act 2013.

– police scotland

eBay told STV News that it has a policy of removing "any items posted on eBay that relate to an individual’s vote where the Commission has concerns that this could lead to the law being broken".

PM says pro-Union voices 'worried about retribution'

David Cameron claims pro-Union academics will not speak out for fear of "retribution" from the nationalist-run Holyrood government.

Speaking to the Scottish Daily Mail, the Prime Minister claimed: "Recently I was talking to university vice chancellors who are very much part of the silent majority."

"They don't want to speak out ... because they worry about retribution from the Scottish government," he added.

He argued the same was true of the Scottish business community, saying: "I do hear a lot of businesses say they are frightened to speak because when they do the Scottish Government behaves in a bullying and overbearing way."

Read: Cameron 'emotional and nervous' about Scotland vote

Cameron 'emotional and nervous' about Scotland vote

David Cameron has admitted he is "emotional and nervous" about the result of the Scottish independence referendum.

The Prime Minister told the Scottish Daily Mail: "The commentary has settled down, the argument is going better and I feel more confident. But it is a massive decision, so it’s right to be both emotional and nervous."

David Cameron speaking in Glasgow on Thursday.
David Cameron speaking in Glasgow on Thursday. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

He also insisted there was no need for the 'No' campaign to switch tactics after the pro-independence side claimed they were reclaiming ground following the recent TV debates.

"I think what the No campaign must do is continue with the very clear argument made," the Prime Minister said.

"The No campaign provides certainty, clarity, and talks about how we’re safer, more prosperous, more secure together."

Read: Scottish referendum votes put up for sale on eBay

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Darling accused of 'blood on his hands' in mosque visit

Leader of the Better Together campaign, Alistair Darling, was accused of having "blood on his hands" over Iraq by hecklers during a visit to Glasgow Central Mosque.

While some people at the mosque shook his hands and posed for photographs, others looked on in disapproval and told them off.

One man demanded answers from Mr Darling on his views about the Israel-Gaza conflict, and on Labour's military intervention in Iraq under Tony Blair.

Abdull Oun challenged Mr Darling over Labour's actions in Iraq
Abdull Oun challenged Mr Darling over Labour's actions in Iraq Credit: PA

Abdull Oun, aged 27, said he was an undecided voter.

My question was very simple: If I vote No, what are your views on the conflict, what are your views on military intervention?

He didn't answer, he just walked away. He just waved his hand, I was basically dismissed. He demands answers from Alex Salmond on issues like currency, but he couldn't give me answers.> He came here to meet and greet Muslims but it is a publicity stunt and it has failed.

– Abdull Oun, undecided voter
Deputy leader of the Scottish Labour party Anas Sarwar posed for a 'selfie' with Alistair Darling
Deputy leader of the Scottish Labour party Anas Sarwar posed for a 'selfie' with Alistair Darling Credit: PA

Better Together spokesman David Whitton later denied Mr Darling had "run off", and said Mr Oun had been part of a crowd and couldn't get close enough to actually ask his questions, but said he had been spoken to after Mr Darling's meeting with the mosque committee.

MP cancels tour after 'intimidation' by Yes campaigners

A Glasgow MP has suspended his tour of Scotland ahead of the independence referendum, accusing 'yes' campaigners of "intimidation" tactics.

Labour MP Jim Murphy had hoped to speak in 100 high streets in 100 days to urge people to vote 'no' and stay in the United Kingdom - but he had been hounded by groups of pro-independence protesters.

Labour MP Jim Murphy was part-way through a tour promoting the Better Together campaign
Labour MP Jim Murphy was part-way through a tour promoting the Better Together campaign Credit: PA

He said he had been called a "terrorist", a "quisling" and a "defender of paedophiles" - and things came to a head in Kirkcaldy, Fife, yesterday when someone pelted him with eggs.

Announcing the tour's suspension, he said he had seen events take a "sinister turn for the worse".

This tour is intended as a way of getting out and about on Scotland's high streets to debate the referendum with undecided voters, and the first 70 meetings were great - passionate people on both sides.

But in the past fortnight, things have taken a sinister turn for the worse, and it has been organised and orchestrated by Yes Scotland, who are organising for mobs to turn up at each meeting to try and intimidate me, which won't work, and to try and silence undecided voters.

– Jim Murphy MP

A Yes Scotland spokesman said they condemn "all forms of abusive, dangerous and offensive behaviour", including the egg-throwing incident.

Salmond: Yes campaign still the underdog

Alex Salmond said the Yes campaign remained the underdog in the run-up to the September 18 referendum, despite a new poll showing an increase in support.

Alex Salmond
First Minister Alex Salmond visits a children's play centre in Edinburgh today. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

The First Minister said it was "comforting and encouraging" that the No campaign's lead had been cut to just six percentage points, according to a Survation poll for the Scottish Daily Mail.

However, Mr Salmond stressed: "The polls are with us, but we're not there yet, we're still behind, we're still the underdogs, we've still got work to do, we're still trying harder ... to convince our fellow citizens that Yes offers the right vote for the future."

He also joined the Prime Minister in condemning the Yes supporter who pelted Scottish Labour MP Jim Murphy with eggs in Kirkcaldy, Fife yesterday.

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