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Counting down to Scotland’s vote

Monday, June 09, 2014 - 02:14

June 9 - It's 100 days to go until Scotland's referendum on independence. As Sonia Legg reports, the No camp has been buoyed by comments last week by President Obama.

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It was meant to help their campaign against Scottish independence, instead the UK government's list of 12 things you can buy with the money you'd save by remaining part of Britain has back-fired. They used Lego figures in photos without asking the firm if they could. David Haigh from Brand Finance says it's unforgivable. SOUNDBITE: David Haigh, CEO, Brand Finance, saying (English): "Lego are probably hugely embarrassed to have to tick off the UK government to say stop using our trademark. They clearly would not want to be associated with a political campaign." The countdown to a referendum on Scottish independence is in its final stages - the country votes on September 18. The No supporters still have a majority. But one recent poll showed they'd lost ground, with 46% now in favour. The leader of the independence campaign, Alex Salmond, is confident that support will continue to grow over the next three months. SOUNDBITE: Scottish First Minister and Scottish Independence Campaign Leader, Alex Salmond, saying (English): "I regard this in many ways as a culmination of a 100 year journey. For 100 years Scotland has been getting bits of home rule devolved to Scotland, now we have the opportunity to complete that journey." The UK government's list of things to do with the 1,400 pounds it says independence will cost each person still stands - but without the pictures. Among them are a season ticket at Aberdeen soccer club, scoffing 280 hotdogs at the Edinburgh Festival and covering your family's shoe habit for the next six years. Many Scots are not amused. SOUNDBITE: David Haigh, CEO, Brand Finance, saying (English): "When you are putting a political message across you need to be very careful. It is both condescending and quite ridiculous what they are suggesting Scottish people want to spend their money on. It has probably helped the pro independence movement more than anything else." But the Yes campaign still has more convincing to do. And last week President Obama appeared to side with the No camp. SOUNDBITE: U.S. President Barack Obama, saying (English): "We obviously have a deep interest in making sure that one of the closest allies that we will ever have remains a strong, robust, united and effective partner." Not an outright message of support of course - that would be undiplomatic - and the No campaign wouldn't want any more unwelcome distractions.

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Counting down to Scotland’s vote

Monday, June 09, 2014 - 02:14