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  By Martin Kelly
 
The threat by London based pro-Union parties that they will block a currency union with an independent Scotland is a pre-negotiation bargaining position, a world renowned economist has said.
 
Nobel Prize winning economist Professor Joseph Stiglitz has said he believes Westminster’s currency bluff is nothing more than campaign rhetoric, saying that "The position of England today is obviously bargaining, trying to change the politics of the electoral process."

  By a Newsnet reporter
 
Gordon Brown has repeated false scares relating to cross-border cooperation on organs transplants and blood transfusions, saying they could end if Scots vote Yes.
 
Appearing at the Edinburgh Book Festival, Mr Brown told an audience that Scottish independence could threaten existing agreements on health between Scotland on England.

  By Martin Kelly

Scottish Labour party claims that concerns over the future of the NHS are simply SNP inspired lies have been called into question after a string of warnings from Labour politicians were uncovered.

Today, the SNP is pointing to Labour warnings highlighting the threat Westminster Tory cuts pose to the NHS.  The nationalists say the concerns expressed by Labour make it clear that a Yes vote is Scotland’s one opportunity to protect Scotland's NHS.

  The opportunity Scotland has on September 18 to protect our NHS, free us of nuclear weapons and build a better and fairer country is too good to miss, Yes Scotland Chief Executive Blair Jenkins said today.
 
Marking one month to go to the referendum vote, Jenkins highlighted what he described as the "one opportunity" for people in Scotland to take their future into their own hands.

  By Martin Kelly
 
Massive oil reserves off of the west coast of Scotland are to be examined after the Scottish Government announced it is to set up a review along with top academics and experts.
 
The area which includes the north and west coast of Shetland down to through the Hebrides and into the Firth of Clyde will be the subject of a review in order to determine the true scale of the oil and gas reserves.

  By a Newsnet reporter
 
The gap between Yes and No is just five per cent when people are asked for their likely vote, according to a survey published this week.
 
With Monday marking one month until the independence referendum, new research published this week by the Economic and Social Research Council's Future of the UK and Scotland project, puts No on 47 per cent and Yes on 42 per cent when people are asked for their probable vote.

  Claims by leading No campaign figures that SNP concerns over the future of the NHS are "lies" and "scare stories" have been challenged after it emerged the claims were made by Labour themselves in 2010.
 
Yes Scotland Chief Executive, Blair Jenkins, has challenged No campaign chief Alistair Darling to explain the difference between claims made about the threat to Scotland’s NHS funding, that helped get him elected as an MP in 2010, and the exact opposite and contradictory claims now being made by the campaign he leads.

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