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Queen breaks silence over Scottish independence

Queen Breaks Her Silence On Scotland’s Future

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  • Queen Breaks Her Silence On Scotland's FutureQueen Breaks Her Silence On Scotland’s Future

The Queen has broken her silence on the Scottish referendum in a conversation with a well-wisher, Sky News understands.She reportedly told a member of the public as she left Crathie Church in Balmoral: “I hope people will think very carefully about the future.”The Queen was speaking after attending a morning service with Prince Philip and other members of the Royal family.

Last week she insisted she did not wish to influence the independence vote, saying the issue was “a matter for the people of Scotland“.

Supporters of the No campaign had called on the monarch to intervene, following reports she was growing increasingly concerned over the prospect of a split.

But Buckingham Palace insisted she had not expressed any preference ahead of Thursday’s vote.

“The sovereign’s constitutional impartiality is an established principle of our democracy and one which the Queen has demonstrated throughout her reign,” a spokesperson said.

“As such the monarch is above politics and those in political office have a duty to ensure that this remains the case.

“Any suggestion that the Queen would wish to influence the outcome of the current referendum campaign is categorically wrong.

“Her Majesty is firmly of the view that this is a matter for the people of Scotland. ”

Earlier, a former head of the British Army said an independent Scotland would struggle to build a “meaningful defence capability”.

Lord Dannatt, who was chief of the general staff between 2006 and 2009, told Sky’s Dermot Murnaghan: “We are much better together.

“I really worry that Scotland will struggle to have any meaningful defence capability. Armies, Navies and Air Forces… you can’t grow them overnight.”

With just days to go before the referendum, the latest opinion polls show the Yes and No campaigns are still neck and neck.

A Panelebase poll in the Sunday Times has the No vote at 51% and the Yes vote at 49%, while the Observer has 53% saying No and 47% Yes, excluding those who are undecided.

In contrast, an ICM poll for the Sunday Telegraph suggests 54% plan to vote Yes, with 46% saying they will vote No.

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