The latest poll numbers showing a vote for Scottish independence from the United Kingdom at a margin that is too close to call is apparently causing angst among senior British government officials and Queen Elizabeth herself, according to reports from The Wall Street Journal and RT.
The latest polling has 51 percent support for the Scots breaking away from the U.K. and being its own free nation, while 49 percent of Scots want to be a part of the larger United Kingdom that includes England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.
With just two weeks to go until Scots go to the polls to vote on independence, the polling has British Finance Minister George Osborne making declarations about a more free and independent Scotland should it ultimately choose to stay in the U.K., according to RT.
“You will see in the next few days a plan of action to give more powers to Scotland… Then Scotland will have the best of both worlds. They will both avoid the risks of separation but have more control over their own destiny, which is where I think many Scots want to be.
“More tax-raising powers, much greater fiscal autonomy… more control over public expenditure, more control over welfare rates and a host of other changes.”
But the promises of more freedom may be too little too late in the long campaign to be a free and sovereign nation without the oversight of Queen Elizabeth and the parliament in London.
According to The Wall Street Journal, not only have promises been made of further independence for Scotland in the wake of the polling, but the Brits are pulling out some of the big guns to campaign for a united Great Britain. Prime Minister David Cameron will be in Scotland this week campaigning for the country to stay unified, versus breaking Scotland off on its own.
The Journal reported others would be in Scotland as part of the unification efforts, as well.
“Ed Miliband, leader of the Labour Party, and Gordon Brown, former U.K. Prime Minister, will also be in Scotland making the case for union this week. Former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott will ride around Scotland in the ‘Battle Bus,’ a red coach bus with ‘Vote No’ written across it, according to the Scottish Labour Party press office.”
It should be noted that Brown is himself a Scot.
The vote on Scottish independence will take place September 18.
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