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Scotland questions

The Scottish government must end the "delay" and "uncertainty" and bring forward proposals for a referendum on Scottish independence, Scottish Secretary Michael Moore has said.

He told MPs it was "no surprise" the SNP were "running away" from an independence referendum after a recent BBC poll showed "barely a quarter of Sots are in favour of independence".

He was speaking during Scotland questions on 9 November 2011, after a question by Labour's Kevin Brennan on whether the government would require a certain threshold for a "yes" vote before legislating for Scottish independence.

Mr Moore told him the government had no such policy but would make the case for a "prosperous Scotland in a modern UK".

Mr Brennan said the referendum would have "profound implications" for Wales, Northern Ireland and England, as well as Scotland, which is why the poll should only offer a "a clear, straightforward choice", and no other options.

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