BORIS Johnson said it would be "such a shame" to lose the "magic" of the United Kingdom as he visited a school in Upminster this morning. 

After polls showed support for Scottish independence at 54%, the Prime Minister insisted the UK is "better together".

Johnson, who is reportedly coming to Scotland for a two-week holiday next week, said: "The Union of the United Kingdom, for me it's the greatest political partnership the world has ever seen.

"And I think what people in this country often don't appreciate is the way in which the UK is seen abroad.

"They don't see us as England or Wales or Scotland or Northern Ireland, what they see is great British institutions.

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"They see amazing British armed services, amazing British diplomacy, overseas aid, British science and technology, British arts, that's the thing that is admired and loved around the world.

"It would be such a shame to lose the power, the magic of that union. We are much, much stronger and better together than broken up."

Last month, the Prime Minister visited Orkney and Moray in a bid to strengthen support for the Union.

Four UK Cabinet ministers, including Chancellor Rishi Sunak, have also visited Scotland in recent weeks as part of their attempts to stave off support for Scottish independence.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon last week said she believed that Scottish independence would happen "sooner rather than later".

"I've spent my entire adult life campaigning for Scottish independence, I believe in Scottish independence with every fibre of my being," said Sturgeon.

"I also believe that Scotland is going to be independent sooner rather than later and I'm also the SNP leader that now presides over support for Scottish independence."