Blair defends 300-year-old union of England, Scotland

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Prime Minister Tony Blair has mounted a strong defence of the 300-year-old union of Scotland with England, warning it would be "crazy" for Scotland to quit the UK.

His defence came as politicians north and south of the border marked the anniversary with fresh wrangling over Britain's constitutional future.

Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond said the lack of mass celebrations to mark the event showed there was little public enthusiasm for the Union.

He said in Edinburgh: "There's no popular celebrations, there's no street parties, no fireworks parties."

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