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Barack Obama backs Scotland staying within UK

The United Kingdom appears to have "worked pretty well", Barack Obama declared as he said America's interest in the Scottish referendum issue was to ensure it retained a "strong, robust, united and effective ally".

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Obama voices support for Scotland staying in UK

Barack Obama has voiced his support for Scotland staying in the union, saying it is the interests of the US that the UK remains a "strong, robust and united partner".

Although he said it was "up to the people of Scotland" to decide their own future, it seemed the union had "worked pretty well" so far.

Labour minister Douglas Alexander, speaking on behalf of the Better Together campaign, strongly welcomed Mr Obama's words, saying: "His clear statement of support for the UK staying together will resonate with many of us here in Scotland."

“As a global statesman President Obama understands that interdependence is a defining feature of our modern world, and that building bridges, not putting up new barriers, is the challenge of our generation,” he added.

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