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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Government to press case for Scotland staying in UK

Scotland Office Minister David Mundell said the Government is confident that the argument for Scotland staying in the UK can be won.

Mr Mundell told the House of Commons:

Now the Governments have agreed the process for the referendum, it is vital we get on with the real debate about the most important political decision people in Scotland will ever take.

The UK Government has already started to prepare the analysis and evidence which people in Scotland are calling for. Over the next year, this Government will publish thorough, evidence-based information which will set out the key issues in the independence debate.

I fully expect it to show Scotland is better off within the United Kingdom and the rest of the United Kingdom is better with Scotland in it.

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