British Prime Minister David Cameron offered on Sunday to hold talks with Scottish leader Alex Salmond to thrash out their differences over arrangements for a referendum on Scottish independence, Reuters reported.
A spokeswoman for Cameron said that the prime minister is "happy to meet Alex Salmond and arrangements for that will be made in the coming days."
Salmond said this week he wanted to hold a referendum in late 2014 on breaking away from the rest of Britain, while Cameron has said it should be held sooner rather than later to dispel uncertainty he says is damaging the Scottish economy.
Two opinion polls published on Sunday showed support for Scottish independence is stronger among English voters than it is among Scots.
(China.org.cn January 16, 2012)