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A Conservative MP has told RIA Novosti that he is convinced there should be one UK international football team if Scots vote 'No' to independence in a referendum to be held in three weeks.

GLASGOW, August 28 (RIA Novosti), Mark Hirst – A Conservative MP has told RIA Novosti that he is convinced there should be one UK international football team if Scots vote 'No' to independence in a referendum to be held in three weeks.

Laurence Robertson the Conservative MP for Tewkesbury told RIA Novosti, "If there is a 'Yes' vote then obviously Scotland will keep their own football team and the rest of the UK will presumably continue to send individual teams.

"If it's 'No', the matter comes back to the table and FIFA may well get involved," Robertson said. "I remain convinced that there should be one football team for the UK, or for what's left of the UK after the Scottish vote."

Roberton’s comments came after a FIFA source told RIA Novosti that the UK’s "special status" - of allowing the four home nations of Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland to compete separately in international competitions - was likely to come under review in the event of a No vote.

"If Scotland votes No then you're going to see that debate [about the UK pitching four teams] erupt again. There is going to be real pressure to have that UK disparity finally dealt with. In the wake of a No vote many of the countries envious of the UK's special footballing status would see this as a perfect opportunity," the FIFA source told RIA Novosti.

Former Labour and SNP MP Jim Sillars told RIA Novosti questions were bound to be raised if there is a No vote in three weeks’ time.

"The 'No' side have gone on, and on about team GB at the Olympics, and team GB in politics," Sillars told RIA Novosti. "I would regret it, but there is bound to be questions asked by other countries about the position of the four home countries if Scotland votes to remain in political team GB."

Postal ballots have been sent out and Scots will go to the polls on September 18. They will be asked one question “Should Scotland become an independent country?”

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