A second opinion poll for the week shows the referendum on Scottish independence has become a close run thing.Reuters reports a surge in support for those who wish to break away from the United Kingdom. A TNS survey has the number of people saying they would vote “No” to independence dropping to 39 percent, down from 45 percent a month ago. “Yes” support was slightly behind at 38 percent but had gained ground from 32 percent a month ago.
The late rally by the “Yes” campaign led by Alex Salmond’s Scottish National Party, the ruling party in Scotland, now makes the break–up of the United Kingdom – previously thought to be a pipedream – a distinct possibility after a 300-year-old union.
British financial markets tumbled on Monday after an opinion poll showed for the first time this year that Scots may vote for independence in the referendum next week.
The YouGov poll for the Sunday Times put the “Yes” camp on 51 percent and “No” on 49 percent, excluding don’t knows.
The referendum, in which more than 4 million Scots and residents of Scotland are eligible to vote, will take place on Sept. 18.
The England based national newspapers are now taking the possibility of a breakaway from the United Kingdom seriously.
A sharing of the front pages with a new royal baby gave a certain relevance to this tweet:
The Owl’s election indicator continues to have the “No” vote favourite.