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Scotland 'yes' camp has too much ground to make up: analysts

Published on Mar 18, 2014 9:50 AM
Pro-independence supporters at a rally in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Sept 21, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Supporters of Scotland breaking away from the United Kingdom are making up some ground but with six months to go until the independence referendum, it is not enough, analysts say.

Armed with the slogan "Better Together", the three main London-based parties - the Conservatives of Prime Minister David Cameron, their Liberal Democrat coalition partners, and the opposition Labour party - have formed an improbable but resolute alliance to push the "no" vote.

British Prime Minister David Cameron engaged in a game of call my bluff by accepting to hold a referendum on September 18, convinced of being able to dash the separatist hopes of Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond.

In early March, 39.3 per cent of voters were in the "yes" camp, 47.6 per cent backed the "no" vote and 13.1 per cent were undecided, according to the Survation polling group who surveyed 1,002 people.

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