Latest Scottish independence poll reveals even split

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Latest Scottish independence poll reveals even split

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A poll released on Tuesday revealed an almost even split between the yes and no camps in Scotland’s independence vote.

The “TNS” poll showed a drop in support from 45 percent a month ago to 39 percent for remaining part of the 307-year union of Edinburgh and London.

The number of those in favour of breaking away from the UK has jumped from 32 percent to 38 percent.

In Berwick-upon-Tweed, a busy market town just over the border in England, many are concerned as to what independence could bring.

“About half of our business is coming from across the border. We’re using Scottish notes, English notes – they mean the same to us. A five-pound Scottish note is five pounds sterling. If Scotland goes independent, five pounds could become three pounds sterling or seven pounds sterling. It adds complexity to our pricing and it will add bank charges to our business,” explained shopkeeper Gavin Jones.

At present a Common Travel Area with minimal border controls exists between the UK, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, however it is unclear whether that would change if Scotland became independent.

Isabel Hunter, the mayor of Berwick-upon-Tweed, said: “There could be borders, and if they’re actually putting up borders where you need passports, people in Berwick go back and forward across that border on a regular basis, hourly, daily. And this could have implications to the people in Berwick.”

Key to both sides in the final days of campaigning is winning over undecided voters. They represent around 18 percent of the total, or 600,000 people.