LONDON (AFP): British Prime Minister David Cameron and opposition leader Ed Miliband said in a joint statement they would travel to Scotland on Wednesday as polls show those for and against independence evenly split ahead of next week’s referendum. Cameron and Miliband will miss their usual weekly parliamentary debate in London but said: “We want to be listening and talking to voters about the huge choice they face.

Our message to the Scottish people will be simple: ‘We want you to stay’.” The statement was also signed by Deputy PM Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats, who will also hit the campaign trail in Scotland. An official told AFP that Conservative leader Cameron and Labour chief Miliband would not hold joint events. The visits come after a poll on Sunday which showed the “Yes” camp ahead for the first time, while experts say the vote it was too close to call.

“There is a lot that divides us - but there’s one thing on which we agree passionately: the United Kingdom is better together. That’s why all of us are agreed the right place for us to be tomorrow is in Scotland, not at prime minister’s questions in Westminster,” their statement said.

“Yes” campaigners say last-ditch plans including the promise of greater powers for Scotland even in the event of a “No” vote are a “panicky” reaction to the rise in pro-independence sentiment.

Cameron has so far made few visits during the campaign as he is unpopular in Scotland and the Conservatives have only one MP out of 59 in Scotland.