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  By a Newsnet reporter
 
The crisis hit CBI has suffered more resignations with news that a further five organisations have quit in protest at the body's decision to officially join the campaign against Scottish independence.
 
Today the Law Society of Scotland, Strathclyde and Glasgow Caledonian universities, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Skills Development Scotland became the latest to withdraw from the organisation.

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A business lobbying group which has announced its intention to officially campaign against Scottish independence has been accused of failing to consult with its own members before making the decision.
 
The CBI is facing a crisis after it emerged the organisation had registered with the Electoral Commission as an official backer for the anti-independence campaign Better Together.  The news, which broke on Saturday, led to several companies including broadcaster STV to resign.

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  By Martin Kelly
 
Two opinion polls published today showing the gap between Yes and No shrinking further is proof that the momentum is with the Yes campaign, First Minister Alex Salmond has said.
 
According to a poll by ICM, the No campaign has seen its support drop by four points in one month from 46% to 42% whilst the Yes campaign has remained firm on 39%.  Excluding the 19% Don't Knows, the survey puts Yes on 48% and No on 52%.

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Scottish broadcaster STV has become the latest high profile organisation to ditch the CBI after the business lobbying group delared its official backing for the No campaign.
 
In a statement issued on Saturday, STV said the London based group's decision to officially register as a supporter of Better Together left them with "no choice" but to resign from the organisation.

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The recent troubles in Ukraine and Crimea should not be a bar against Russian membership of NATO a Labour peer has said.
 
Controversial former NATO head Lord George Robertson has called for the country headed by Vladimir Putin to be admitted into the organisation saying it would reinforce the ‘liberal values’ of NATO.

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The SNP has seized on comments from UK Defence Secretary Philip Hammond after the coalition minister told a newspaper that nothing will be off the table in negotiations in the event of a Yes vote in September’s referendum.
 
Mr Hammond, who is scheduled to visit Scotland on Tuesday, became the latest senior No campaign figure to call into question claims by Chancellor George Osborne that Westminster would block an agreement on the pound and there would be no negotiations.

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The BBC has come under fire after it allowed a Tory MP to make a documentary that claims the border between Scotland and England is a "pernicious scar".
 
MP Rory Stewart was allowed to make two hour long documentaries - Border Country: The Story of Britain’s Lost Middleland - promoting the idea that a borderless Britain was normal and that told viewers the nations of England and Scotland were artificial constructs.

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