Most Scots Unclear Over Powers Promised By UK Party Leaders

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Most Scots do not entirely understand the devolved powers, promised for Scotland by the three UK party leaders in the event it chooses to stay part of Britain, results of the YouGov poll conducted for the Sky News TV channel suggest.

LONDON, September 17 (RIA Novosti) – Most Scots do not entirely understand the devolved powers, promised for Scotland by the three UK party leaders in the event it chooses to stay part of Britain, results of the YouGov poll conducted for the Sky News TV channel suggest.

According to the results of the poll, released on Wednesday, 61 percent of those questioned are unclear on what devolved powers would be given to Scotland if it remained in the United Kingdom and only 33 percent said that they do understand the core of the promised powers.

Furthermore, 38 percent of the Scots said that they do not understand whether an independent Scotland will be allowed to keep the pound, while 57 percent said they have a definite answer to the question. Earlier, British Prime Minister David Cameron said that there will be no currency unions if Scots vote Yes. However, Alex Salmond, who leads the Scottish National Party (SNP), says that no one can prohibit Scotland from using the pound if it chooses to do so.

"What's really interesting is that since we had that one opinion poll at the beginning of last week put the Yes side ahead for the first time, the No campaign have felt bound into emphasizing the 'more powers' option," Professor Nicola McEwen from the Scottish Centre on Constitutional Change told Sky News, adding that the polls have drawn attention to the fact that the Scots "don't really know what that option is."

On Tuesday, the leaders of the United Kingdom's three main political parties, Prime Minister David Cameron of the Conservative Party, Ed Miliband of the Labour Party and Nick Clegg of the Liberal Democrat party, signed a pledge promising more powers to the Scottish Parliament if Scotland votes against independence on the referendum, scheduled for September 18.

If the majority of people vote for independence, Scotland will secede from the United Kingdom on March 24, 2016.

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