All today’s Scotland news in less than 60 seconds – and what North Korea thinks

The world’s eyes are all trained on Scotland. Will the Scots rise up and put an end to rule from Westminster after more than 300 years? The drama unfolding in Britain has stimulated debate across the world and businesses and institutions have been forced to address what a “yes” vote next week may mean for them.

The latest poll shows it’s going to be a tight race to the line. A YouGov poll conducted yesterday gives the No vote the lead with 50%, while Yes had 45% and 6% remain undecided.

We take a look at the latest attitudes, news and opinion about Scottish independence.

Justin King warns on prices

What? Yes, Justin King, the popular former boss of Sainsbury’s supermarket has put the frighteners on Scottish shoppers, saying that an independent Scotland will see higher prices. Why? Due to higher business rates and distribution costs north of the border. Read more on the BBC.

Which businesses are set to move south?

Or perhaps that should be: what would London gain? Well, a whole cadre of banks have revealed that if Scots vote yes next week, then they are planning to leave Scotland for England. The banks in question? Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds Banking Group, TSB, Clydesdale, Tesco Bank and Aegon have all confirmed their intentions. Read more on the Telegraph.

Trickle effect

But maybe the thing Scots should fear is not the mass exodus of a number of businesses, but rather a slow trickle of businesses and talent leaving the country to head south, Nils Pratley argues in the Guardian

IMF said yes would mean market turmoil

The International Monetary Fund doesn’t want to see Scotland secede either. The IMF waded into the debate this week saying that a Yes vote could lead to market turbulence due to confusion over the future of financial fiscal frameworks in an independent Scotland. Read more on the FT.

Civil service deny intentional leak

The head of the civil service, Sir Jeremy Heywood denied scaremongering after Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond claimed the Treasury had deliberately leaked sensitive data designed to damage the Yes campaign. Read more on the BBC.

BBC proms censors independence talk 

Today it emerged that presenters on the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms have been ordered to steer clear of talking about the referendum due to fears the corporation could be accused of bias. Read more on the Telegraph.

Record-breaking number registered to vote

The referendum has electrified political engagement in Scotland with record numbers registering to vote. More than 4.29 million adults in Scotland have registered to vote, representing 97% of the eligible voting population. The other three percent obviously don’t mind what country they’re living in. The statistics make it the largest vote on anything that the country has ever known. Read more on the Guardian.

North Korea backs Scottish independence

It’s the support Scotland never knew they wanted. Authoritarian ruler of North Korea, Kim Jon-Un, has announced his backing for an independent Scotland. One Pyong-Yang newspaper has said that the move could be “very positive for Scotland.”  The unlikely reason behind the autocratic state’s support for independence? Kim Jong-Un is reportedly keen to develop trading links with Scotland because people in North Korea “like the taste of whisky”. Read more on the Daily Mail.

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Readers' comments (1)

  • Let them have independance and when they come to a stickey end, and come crying back charge them for the privilage.
    By reducing their powers over pricription charges and universitu fee's
    Regards Neil Matthews. PhD MIEE MICE

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