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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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Salmond rebuffs debt default plea

Alex Salmond has rejected calls for Scottish ministers to withdraw their their threat to renege on UK debt if they cannot secure a currency union.

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

In response to a letter from Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander to the Scottish Government urging its ministers to roll back on its "bogus" debt threat, the Scottish First minister said, "the contractual legal liability lies with the UK Government."

He told BBC Sunday Politics Scotland: "Clearly, if Danny Alexander wants to take all of the assets then he gets stuck with all of the liabilities, which is why our reasonable position is much better."

He added: "We're putting forward an argument that we should share assets and liabilities, which is a wholly responsible position."

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