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May 30, 2012

Backyard Rebel

The Union flag and Saltire are seen flying side by side at Bankfoot in Perthshire, Scotland January 10, 2012. British Prime Minister David Cameron said Scotland should hold an independence referendum as early as next year, clashing with the Scottish National Party (SNP) which wants more time to rally support for a break from the United Kingdom. Cameron, who opposes Scottish independence, said uncertainty about the 300-year-old union between England and its smaller northern neighbour was creating problems for business and harming investment. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

Seeking to tap into a cocktail of historical rivalry, opposing political tastes, and a perception that the British parliament in London does not nurture Scotland’s national interests, the “Yes Scotland” campaign says it wants to win a referendum on independence in 2014 and for the country to become fully independent by 2016.

“For the first time the issue is real because people are going to have a vote,” a spokesman for the campaign, who said he could not be named in line with protocol, told Reuters.

“People are more open to this than they have ever been before. It is fundamentally better for our future if decisions about Scotland are taken by the people who care about it the most.”

One of Scotland’s most high-profile celebrity supporters of independence is Sean Connery, famous for his cinematic depiction of British secret service agent James Bond. The same campaign spokesman declined…

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