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Paul Cairney: Scottish people unafraid of independence

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David Cameron and Alex Salmond are to meet in Edinburgh to announce their deal on the Scottish referendum.

The Today programme's James Naughtie has been speaking to people in the north-east of Scotland about what lies ahead.

Professor Paul Cairney from the University of Aberdeen told him that Scottish people are less scared to be independent than they were 20 years ago.

"Independence doesn't mean the same thing that it used to," he said.

"It's not the scary thing that people associate with completely removing themselves from the world and becoming a parochial nation.

"They're still part of the European Union and part of a partnership with the UK so I don't think it has the same emotional weight that it used to."


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