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The battle for Scotland began in earnest this week with David Cameron’s offer to give Alex Salmond the power to hold a decisive referendum on independence—but only if that referendum is held “sooner rather than later,” and only if it is on a clear in-or-out vote.

Salmond’s response has been equally bold. Ignoring Westminster he has declared that the referendum will be held in the autumn of 2014, and is refusing to rule out a third option of more powers by insisting that the referendum must be “made, built and run” in Scotland. A major constitutional crisis is brewing which…

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