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Ukip Will Not Change Its Name If Scotland Gains Independence

11/09/2014 11:33 BST | Updated 11/09/2014 14:59 BST
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EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - MAY 09: UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage talks to journalists during European election campaigning on May 9 , 2014 in Edinburgh. The UKIP leaderhas predicted that his party will win a seat for the first time in Scotland in the European Parliament elections. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Nigel Farage's United Kingdom Independence Party (Ukip) has dashed speculation that it could be forced to change its name if Scots back independence next week.

People have been joking about it on Twitter, and one letter writer asked in the Telegraph today: "What will Nigel Farage call his party if there is no United Kingdom?"

A Ukip spokesman told the Huffington Post UK that the party's name would stay the same, as "the United Kingdom is Great Britain and Northern Ireland, so the question is not relevant."

"Scotland is part of Great Britain, a geographic and political entity," he added. "A little history would help."

"As the only party with elected representation in all 4 home nations, we take the UK very seriously."

Ukip would in theory not need to change its name as it would still campaign for a United Kingdom to leave the European Union, albeit one comprised of just three countries England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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