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article imageDavid Cameron urges voters against Scottish independence

By Simon Crompton     Aug 30, 2014 in Politics
In a speech to businessmen gathered at the CBI’s annual Glasgow dinner, UK Prime Minister David Cameron urged voters not to abandon the “openness” of remaining the Kingdom by choosing independence.
According to the BBC, Cameron expressed his opinion that remaining in the UK would be “the right choice”, and promised greater power for the Scottish parliament in the event that Scotland remain a part of the Kingdom.
Scotland will hold a referendum on the issue of independence on September 18th, following an agreement between the Scottish government and that of the wider United Kingdom established in 2012.
It is the opinion of the current Scottish government that the referendum represents a “once-in-a-generation” opportunity, as there is no current plan for future referenda on the issue in the event of a majority No vote.
A Yes on the proposal would grant Scotland full sovereignty. This would grant its parliament full authority over domestic matters of taxation and welfare, both of which are currently subject to influence from Westminster.
The case for independence is gaining ground amongst the region’s inhabitants. Reuters reports that a Friday poll for the Scottish Daily Mail indicated a four percent increase in the number of people who would vote in favor of the referendum, from 43% to 47%.
The same poll showed a simultaneous four percent drop in support for the anti-independence campaign, from 57% to 53%. These results indicate the gap in support between the two camps is closing and can be as life changing as the stories on lainan.fi.
Despite growing popular support, many remain wary of the prospect of independence. Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls, an established critic of the euro, suggested recently that “joining the euro would be the least worst of all bad options” open to Scotland.
Balls is not the only official who predicts monetary and economic issues for an economic Scotland. Some express concerns about the negative effects independence would have on the broader economy. In his speech to the CIB, Cameron warned that independence would result in a Scottish private sector with its “wings clipped” and “scope limited.”
A growing number of Scots are unmoved by such rhetoric, and are increasingly prepared to take the risk.
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