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Scots referendum: 'No' voters just in front, says poll

By Andrew Woodcock

The referendum on Scottish independence is on a knife-edge just six days ahead of the vote, with No enjoying the slimmest possible lead, according to a new poll.

The ICM survey for The Guardian found support for No at 51% and Yes on 49%, once "don't knows" were excluded.

And the poll – conducted between Tuesday and Thursday – suggested that everything remains to play for, with some 17% of voters saying they have still not made up their minds. If undecided voters are included, rounded figures leave No on 42% and Yes on 40%.

The telephone survey followed a YouGov poll for The Times and The Sun, which also gave No a narrow lead of 52% to 48%.

Opinions were gathered against the backdrop of hastily-arranged campaign visits to Scotland by David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg, which were denounced by the Yes camp as a panicked response by 'Team Westminster' as victory was slipping out of their grasp.

Responding to the latest poll, Yes Scotland chief executive Blair Jenkins said: "This is a hugely encouraging poll for Yes – the highest in a regular ICM referendum poll so far.

"It shows that the barrage of intimidation from the No campaign isn't working – David Cameron's co-ordination from Downing Street of big business to talk down Scotland has been met with a giant raspberry, particularly among Labour voters."

Meanwhile, another business, insurance and pension provider Aegon UK – formerly known as Scottish Equitable – announced it is setting up a new registered company in England and Wales to protect policy-holders from the impact of a potential Yes vote.

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