Scottish Independence: Recent poll reveals currency row strengthened ‘yes’ campaign

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The recent poll over Scottish independence reveals that the currency union row has strengthened the support for ‘yes’ campaign.

A poll by Survation, published on Thursday, is indicative that the gap between the ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ camps has fallen to nine points, after last week’s speeches by the U.K. chancellor George Osborne and the European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso.

The poll showed the pro-independence campaign gaining popularity with six points to 38 percent, while pro-union support declined by five points to 47 percent.

Last week, Mr. Osborne along with Labour and the Liberal Democrats had rejected the idea of sharing pound with Scotland in case it becomes independent.

In the meantime, Mr. Barroso had also told that it would be “difficult, if not impossible” for an independent Scotland to achieve EU membership.

The poll that consists of responses based on 1,000 Scots aged 16 or over, have also found that 65% wanted to see the SNP Government set out a Plan B on currency.

More than a third (37%) of pro-independence supporters wanted to see Scotland have its own separate currency.

Deputy first Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said: “This is an exceptionally encouraging poll for the Yes campaign and SNP – when ‘don’t knows’ are excluded, Yes support is now up to 45 per cent, putting us within five points of success in September.”

She added: “It is clear that there has been a severe backlash to George Osborne’s bluster and threats on the pound – with more than half of the No campaign’s lead wiped out in just three weeks, and far more people more likely to vote Yes on the back of the Westminster establishment’s attempted bullying rather than No.”

But the head of the pro-union Better Together campaign, Alistair Darling has asked SNP and Mr. Salmond to set out a currency Plan B in advance of referendum.

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