British PM warns Scots to avoid ‘leap into the dark’



Scotland’s bid for independence continues to intensify, with United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron heading north to campaign against the referendum.

A report by The Guardian shows the result from the September 18 vote may be resoundingly in favour of Scotland breaking away from the United Kingdom to become an independent country.

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Mr Cameron delivered an impassioned plea in July for the country to remain part of the UK, promising £500 million in extra funding for Glasgow, in a bid to prevent a referendum which would “break his heart”.

Writing in the Daily Mail on Wednesday, Mr Cameron said a Yes vote would amount to a “a leap into the dark”.

He wrote: “The United Kingdom is a precious and special country. That is what is at stake. So let no one in Scotland be in any doubt: we desperately want you to stay; we do not want this family of nations to be ripped apart.

“If the UK breaks apart, it breaks apart forever. So the choice for you is clear: a leap into the dark with a Yes vote, or a brighter future for Scotland by voting No. You can have the best of both worlds in the UK.”

According to the latest polls, all age groups except those over 60 are in favour of Scotland becoming independent.

The Yes Scotland campaign says Scotland can have a strong economy as part of Europe while retaining the British Pound as their currency. The Better Together campaign argues Scotland would face greater financial risk without the support of being in the UK. Despite Buckingham Palace releasing a stern warning that Queen Elizabeth remain neutral during the referendum, the monarch used her diamond jubilee to remind people of the benefits of a united realm. “Perhaps this Jubilee is a time to remind ourselves of the benefits which union has conferred, at home and in our international dealings, on the inhabitants of all parts of the United Kingdom,” Queen Elizabeth said.

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