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Scotland referendum: Wales' politicians divided on vote

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Politicians in Wales remain divided on the Scottish independence referendum, as both sides of the debate enter their last full week of campaigning.

The value of the pound fell after a poll suggesting the pro-UK campaign had lost its lead ahead of the vote.

Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb, a No supporter, branded the campaign "ugly".

Meanwhile, Plaid Cymru's leader Leanne Wood attacked First Minister Carwyn Jones's call for further devolution to Scotland to also be offered to Wales.

A YouGov poll for the Sunday Times suggested that, of those who have made up their mind, 51% planned to back independence, while 49% intended to vote no.

The poll of 1,084 people, carried out last week, is the first and only serious study to put the Yes campaign ahead.

On Monday, Sterling fell by about 1.3% against the US dollar to a ten-month low of $1.61.

It came as Plaid Cymru's Leanne Wood joined the Yes campaign trail in Scotland with the SNP's Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

She criticised comments by Carwyn Jones that any further powers offered to Scotland should also be available for Wales.

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Image caption Scotland goes to the polls on 18 September

A timetable for further powers is expected to be laid out in the next few days by Chancellor George Osborne, as an alternative to voting for independence.

Ms Wood said comments by Carwyn Jones - who is expected to travel to Scotland on Tuesday to back the No campaign - smacked of "panic and desperation".

Asked about the potential impact of the vote on 18 September, she said: "Plaid Cymru has put forward a set of proposals which include asking the people the kind of constitutional arrangements that they want to see in Wales. It shouldn't be a matter for politicians.

"In 2016 I will be going to the electorate asking people to give us a mandate to move on from a system of devolution to a system of self-government.

"There's a widespread consensus in Wales that the settlement that we have is not fit-for-purpose.

"If things change radically here in Scotland on 18 September, I think people in Wales will be looking for some radical transformations in our country too."

Meanwhile, No supporter Stephen Crabb, has described the campaign in Scotland as a whole as "divisive and ugly".

In a newsletter to his Preseli Pembrokeshire constituents, the Welsh Secretary - who was born in Scotland - said: "I spent three days in Scotland last week helping with the Better Together campaign.

"As someone who is half Welsh/half Scottish I am passionate about Britain remaining united.

"In Scotland I was struck by just how divisive and ugly the referendum campaign can be."

He added that he had "no desire to ever see Wales be put through such a damaging process".

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