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Scottish National Party (SNP) politicians are floating the idea of axing the Queen in an independent Scotland if the Scottish people vote yes in a referendum to be held in September this year.
The controversial comments by Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill, who has also branded the UK coalition government as "xenophobic," triggered joy among the republican supporters of the SNP.
The prospect of a referendum on ditching the Queen as head of state has also been raised by a number of other SNP ministers, including Culture and External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop and Children’s Minister Aileen Campbell.
Meanwhile, chairman of the Yes Scotland pro-independence campaign Dennis Canavan said last year that Prince William and Kate’s son George should never become Scotland’s ruler.
According to the Yes Scottish campaign’s current manifesto the Scottish government’s proposal is that the Queen remain Head of State in Scotland, in the same way as she is currently Head of State in independent nations such as Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
A recent ICM poll revealed that support for Scottish independence has risen from the survey recorded in September 2013.
The independence referendum is due to be held on September 18. Scots will decide on whether they should break away from, or stay with the UK after more than 300 years of political union.