The newly independent People's Republic of South Norwood has told the people of Scotland: "vote yes and join the fun".

And world's youngest and second smallest nation - sort of - is plotting a special relationship with their fellow former Brits, should the Scots vote to break away from the United Kingdom in today's referendum.

More than 53 per cent of voters chose to break away from Croydon Council and form the People's Republic of South Norwood in Friday's polls.

Just under 32 per cent wanted to remain part of Croydon, while 15 per cent called for a union with an independant Scotland, should tonight's count fall in favour of the "yes" camp.

Jason Cooper, associate of the South Norwood Tourist Board, which organised last Friday's referendum, urged the Scots to break free from the union. 

He said: "I hope they do. I would say to them, come and join the fun. We are having a great time. I hope they break away from the control of Westminster."

And Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond can expect contact from South Norwood should his country's vote for independance.

Mr Cooper said: "We will certainly be sending a letter because I think there is potential for a special relationship. I think Scotland and South Norwood have a lot in common."

The South Norwood Tourist Board is to hold a public meeting tonight to discuss the next steps after Friday's vote. 

On the agenda is how to reclaim works of art from Croydon Council and the design of a national flag.

The issue of currency will also be discussed, although Mr Cooper believes South Norwood may not even need one.

He said: "I would personally advocate a return to the bartering system. It should be about decency and respect for each rather than materialism."