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Scotland prepares for day of destiny

Scotland's decision day has arrived, with voters north of the border going to the polls today to determine if the country should remain part of the United Kingdom or not.

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Sir John Major issues warning to Scotland on Yes vote

Former prime minister Sir John Major has warned the UK's international standing would be "diminished" should Scotland vote for independence.

Sir John said he hopes Scotland will not vote to break away when it votes on 18 September and warned it will lead to a decline in Britain's role on the international stage.

Former Conservative prime minister Sir John Major wrote in The Times. Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Writing in The Times (£), he said: "I believe Scotland and the whole of the UK as a whole would be damaged. We need one another and, if separated, would all face unwelcome and unanticipated change.

"The UK would be weaker in every international body and, most damagingly, within the European Union. Our chance of reforming the EU would be diminished, and the risk of our exit from it enhanced."

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