Tempers flare in heated TV debate on Scotland's future

Bernard Ponsonby (C) moderates Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond (L) and leader of the Better Together campaign Alistair Darling (R) during an STV live television debate on Scottish independence in Glasgow, Scotland on August 5, 2014The leaders in the battle for and against Scottish independence clashed in a heated live television debate on Tuesday, six weeks ahead of a historic referendum on whether Scotland should leave the United Kingdom. First Minister Alex Salmond, leader of the pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP), went head-to-head for the first time with Alistair Darling, a fellow Scot and leader of the “Better Together” campaign. Darling, who was Britain’s finance minister during the 2008 economic crisis, pressed the SNP leader early on his crucial claim that an independent Scotland would continue to use the pound sterling — something London says will not be possible. Salmond insisted this would not be a problem, and hit back by asking Darling repeatedly whether he believed Scotland could successfully be an independent country, a question his opponent dodged.

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