100 days of campaigning left until Scotland referendum

There are now 100 days of campaigning left until Scotland goes to the polls to decide if it wants to become an independent sovereign nation, or remain part of the UK.

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David Cameron: 'UK wants Scotland to stay'

Prime Minister David Cameron has said that the people of the United Kingdom "must say to Scotland: we want you to stay."

In a tweet, Mr Cameron said:

Darling in plea to Better Together campaigners

Better Together leader Alistair Darling. Credit: PA Images

Those battling to keep Scotland in the UK must match the emotion of the Nationalist case for independence, Better Together leader Alistair Darling said.

With just 100 days of campaigning until the independence referendum, the former chancellor urged the "quiet but resolute majority" of Scots to play their part.

Mr Darling also said that with Labour, the Tories and the Liberal Democrats all having now promised further devolution in the event of a No vote on September 18, Holyrood is in line for "substantially enhanced powers".


Yes Campaign sets one million target

Photo issued by Yes Scotland Ltd of a giant Yes made out of people to mark the 100 days to go until the referendum. Credit: Yes Scotland Ltd

The Yes campaign for Scottish independence has set a target of one million declarations of support before the referendum.

Yes Scotland's chief executive Blair Jenkins has revealed that the campaign has gathered 791,191 declarations from people who say they will back independence in the September vote.

Mr Jenkins welcomed the progress towards this number, as he described plans to ramp up the Yes campaign in the final months.

"It's the sharp end of the campaign," he said.

"That's where the strength of the on-the-ground campaign going to be vital."

Ed Miliband: 'Scotland faces historic choice'

Labour leader Ed Miliband has urged Scotland to remain in the union, saying in a tweet that "together we can keep achieving social justice."

Alex Salmond: 'Cameron asked Obama to intervene'

First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond has told Good Morning Britain that he believes Prime Minister David Cameron asked US President Barack Obama to make an "intervention" on Scottish independence.

Speaking to GMB's Susanna Reid, Alex Salmond said that although he felt the intervention was a "surprise", he felt that David Cameron had asked "every world leader he could possibly imagine to make interventions about Scottish independence."


England thinks 'the union is worth preserving'

Voters in England have decided "the union is worth preserving" but whether Scotland agrees with them remains to be seen, the author of a report into support for independence has said.

Report author Professor John Curtice said:

Some have argued that a backlash has been developing south of the border against the advantages that Scotland seemingly enjoys and the demands it continues to make.

But rather than being fuelled by the independence debate, whatever signs there were of such a reaction have apparently been snuffed out.

England at least seems to have decided that the union is worth preserving, though whether people in Scotland will take the same view remains to be seen.

– Professor John Curtice

One-fifth of English voters 'back Scottish independence'

A little over one-fifth of English voters think Scotland should become an independent nation, a survey has found.

According to the NatCen Social Research social attitudes survey:

  • Some 21% believe Scotland should go its own way, the latest British social attitudes survey found.
  • This was a 5% fall from the 26% who supported independence back in 2011.
  • Almost half of people in the UK want Scotland to remain in the union, while a further 18% think it should stay and ditch its Parliament in Holyrood.

Campaigners mark 100 days to independence vote

Campaigners in Scotland will mark 100 days until voters got to the polls for the independence referendum.

Voters will be asked a straight, Yes/No question on the ballot paper. Credit: PA

Scotland will decide if it wants to become an independent sovereign nation on September 18, after it has hosted the Commonwealth Games this summer.

Polls suggest the majority of voters want to stay in the union, but support for the pro-independence vote has grown over the last few months.

First Minister Alex Salmond said the "credibility" of the pro-independence campaign would lead it to victory.

But the pro-UK Better Together campaign said the nationalists were "running out of time".

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