Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne departs after attending a meeting at Number 10 Downing Street in London September 1, 2014. (REUTERS/Luke MacGregor)
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The British government is scrambling to respond to a lurch in the opinion polls towards a vote for Scottish independence this month by promising a range of new powers for Scotland if it chooses to stay within the United Kingdom.British Finance Minister George Osborne said Sunday that plans would be set out in the coming days to give Scotland more autonomy on tax, spending and welfare if Scots vote against independence in a historic referendum on September 18 .With less than two weeks to go before the vote, the poll put the "Yes" to independence campaign on 51 percent and the "No" camp on 49 percent, overturning a 22-point lead for the unionist position in just a month.
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