10 September 2014 - Scotland: the NO camp stands united
Party leaders take high road to Scotland in united effort to avert yes vote
Patrick Wintour (The Guardian)
Britain's three main party leaders will cast aside partisan Westminster politics on Wednesday, abandoning the routine of the weekly battle of prime minister's questions, to travel to Scotland in a desperate joint bid to stop a haemorrhage of votes towards Scottish independence.
Travelling separately and speaking to different audiences, David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg will fan out across Scotland on Wednesday to make an impassioned collective appeal to Scots to vote to stay inside the what they will say be a changedUnited Kingdom.
"There is a lot that divides us – but there's one thing on which we agree passionately: the United Kingdom is better together," the leaders said in a joint statement on Tuesday. "That's why all of us are agreed the right place for us to be tomorrow is in Scotland, not at prime minister's questions in Westminster.
Andrew Grice, Nigel Morris (The Independent)
Ministers are under pressure to explain how they would respond if Scots vote for independence, as it emerged that Labour is on course to win the general election only because of its strong support in Scotland.
The latest “poll of polls” for The Independent suggests that Ed Miliband will win an overall majority of 32 next May. But if Scottish MPs are excluded, there would be a hung parliament, with Labour three seats short of a majority.
“Scotland is potentially critical to Labour’s ability to win an overall majority,” said John Curtice, professor of politics at Strathclyde University, who compiled the data. At present, Labour holds 41 of the 59 Scottish seats at Westminster and could land another five if the latest polls are reflected next May. Labour is on 35 per cent, the Conservatives 31 per cent, Ukip 13 per cent and the Liberal Democrats nine per cent.
Christopher Hope (The Telegraph)
The Palace intervened to protect the Queen’s neutrality as Alex Salmond, the Scottish First Minister, risked controversy by suggesting that the Queen would be proud to reign over an independent Scotland.
Mr Salmond said he wanted the Queen to remain head of state in a separate Scotland “as her ancestors were”, although many Nationalists are republicans who want to get rid of the monarchy.
Rejecting reports that she is worried about the break-up of Britain after next Friday's referendum, he said: “I think Her Majesty the Queen, who has seen so many events in the course of her long reign, will be proud to be Queen of Scots as indeed we indeed have been proud to have her as the monarch.”
Mr Salmond, who has regular private meetings with the Queen, was pressed whether she had expressed her views about separation.
Vanessa Barford (BBC)
There are almost half a million English people in Scotland - and most of them want to remain in the union. But polls suggest one in four will vote for Scottish independence. And some are actively campaigning for an end to the 307-year union.
It's easy to understand why most people who were born in the rest of the UK but live in Scotland might be inclined to vote "No" in the Scottish referendum. Many are likely to still have ties south of the border.
That's the stance of 23-year-old Roisin Kay, who grew up in London but moved up to Glasgow with her family last May.
"All my family are Scottish, my dad is Glaswegian and we spent all our holidays coming up here when we lived in London. But my friends are in England, I went to university in Hull.
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