Scotland set to say No to independence according to latest odds
On Thursday 18 September, Scotland will take to the polling stations to vote on whether they should break away from the Union or remain part of the United Kingdom.
There has been some fierce campaigning on both sides and it appears that the No camp are currently winning, with Ladbrokes and bet365 offering a best price 4/9 that nothing changes to Scotland.
However, these odds have been drifting in the past few weeks, with odds of 1/5 on offer about the No vote a few months ago, with Alex Salmond managing to get plenty of Scots onside when it comes to the issue of independence.
While there is a fierce patriotism among several Scots, there is also a nagging feeling that the country is better off being part of the Union, a message that the main political party leaders are trying to get across.
David Cameron said said that a “brighter future for Scotland rests not only on staying in the UK, but also on having significant new powers” adding that the new timetable would give Scots the “clarity” they needed when considering which way to vote.
He added: “The United Kingdom is a precious and special country. That is what is at stake. So let no-one in Scotland be in any doubt: we desperately want you to stay; we do not want this family of nations to be ripped apart.”
However, the tide could be turning and there is clear concern that the Yes vote could end up flourishing, with Betfred and Paddy Power offering 15/8 about Scotland becoming independent.
Alex Salmond feels that the likes of Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband campaigning for the No vote is actually good for the Yes vote, given the way in which Scotland sees the current political leaders.
Mr Salmond said: “I relish David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg coming to Scotland – collectively, they are the least trusted Westminster leaders ever, and this day trip will galvanise the ‘Yes’ vote.
“No-one believes their panicked pledges – it is a phoney timetable for measly powers. A ‘Yes’ vote delivers a real timetable for the full powers that Scotland needs.”
He added: “The No side have lost their poll lead, and people are switching directly over to Yes – if David Cameron thinks he is the answer to the No campaign’s disintegration disarray, let him put his case to the test in a head-to-head debate.”