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A Scottish Yes vote would see the gloves come off - FT.com. Independence debate: Yes, Scotland? Even pro-unionists accept that the country has all the ingredients to be a viable nation state After 307 years as part of Great Britain, Scotland will soon decide whether it is time to once again go it alone.

Independence debate: Yes, Scotland?

Opinion polls suggest that nationalists still fall short of the numbers needed to unpick the 1707 parliamentary union with England that lies at the heart of the UK. But nationalist and pro-union campaigners alike agree that with eight months of febrile campaigning to go, the result of September’s historic referendum is far from assured. Politically Scotland has already left the union behind - FT.com. ©Sophie Gerrard Shrill, leaderless and fizzing with all the emotional power of a bank statement.

Politically Scotland has already left the union behind - FT.com

That is the abridged verdict on the campaign to persuade Scots to vote against independence in September’s referendum – from its own friends. As polls start to make secession look plausible, if nothing like probable, unionists are urged to state a more romantic case for the UK than the logistical ordeal of undoing it.

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