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Gap narrows as Independence referendum approaches

The gap between the 'Yes' and 'No' votes in the Scottish independence referendum appears to be narrowing, according to a new poll.

The YouGov survey in tomorrow's Sun newspaper suggests the 'Yes' lead has shrunk from 22 points less than a month ago to just six.

Among those who have decided which way they are going to vote, 53% are against independence, with 47% in favour.

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'No' campaign attacked for 'poorer than Pakistan' claim

A Better Together leaflet said Scotland would be the 45th richest country in the world. Credit: David Cheskin/PA Archive

Better Together must withdraw its "ludicrous claim" that Pakistan is richer than Scotland, Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney has demanded.

A No campaign document entitled The Facts You Need states that an independent Scotland would be the 45th richest country in the world, behind Pakistan and Finland, compared with the UK which is sixth.

Mr Swinney said Westminster politicians "are deliberately talking down the Scottish economy".

He called on the No campaign "to withdraw its ludicrous claim that Pakistan is richer than Scotland", and put forward "10 key strengths" of the Scottish economy over and above North Sea oil.

They include:

  • £13 billion food and drink sector
  • £6 billion tourism industry
  • 20% of Europe's fish
  • £15 billion in manufacturing
  • £1.9 billion life sciences sector
  • £5 billion in creative industries
  • the most top universities per head in the world
  • a £3.6 billion ICT sector
  • inward investment at a 16 year high.

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