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Scots Vote: 'English Politicians Keep Out'
English politicians getting involved in the Scottish independence debate is more likely to make Scots vote in favour of leaving the Union, an exclusive YouGov poll for Sky News' Murnaghan Programme has found.
Our poll shows almost a third of people in the UK (31%) believe English politicians should stay out of the debate.
In Scotland alone, the figure is higher - 44%.
When asked if English politicians getting involved would make it more or less likely Scotland votes yes to independence, 43% said they thought it would make that prospect more likely.
But when asked whether English politicians should keep quiet on the issue, Foreign Secretary William Hague said all sides of the debate are entitled to express their opinion.
He told the Murnaghan Programmne: "This is for the Scottish people to decide, of course.
"We all have a stake in it though, it is about the whole future of the United Kingdom. It will effect us all."
He said it was important, therefore, that the British government is able to set out its view of the facts along with everyone else.
Monday marks 100 days until the referendum, which will ask people the question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?"
The countdown will see both sides of the campaign step up their efforts to secure their preferred outcome.
Current polling shows that no camp has the advantage.
First Minister Alex Salmond said: "The eyes of the world are on Scotland and we should be proud of the example we are setting in terms of the profoundly democratic and peaceful nature of the debate on our future - not something that is always the case elsewhere."
He added that independence is the only guarantee of further powers for Scotland, after the Scottish Conservatives pledged to "take the stabilisers off" and grant full income tax powers if it votes against independence.
:: Sky News will be in Scotland on Monday for a day of special coverage on the referendum - on TV, online and mobile. This will include interviews with leading figures from both sides of the debate.