Scottish independence: Seven months to save UK, Cameron says

LONDON: With just seven months to go before United Kingdom could be forced to redraw its geographical borders, British Prime Minister David Cameron made a heartfelt plea to the people of Scotland to vote for being part of UK.

Speaking at the Olympic Park in London on Friday, Cameron urged people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to use their voice, even if they don’t have a vote to urge Scotland to remain part of UK.

A historic referendum on September 18, 2014 will see Scotland vote on “Should Scotland be an independent country?”

First minister Alex Salmond recently announced in the Scottish Parliament that the referendum will ask voters to determine their country’s future.

Salmond had said: “It will be a historic day, and one on which this ancient nation decides its place in the world. People will be able to choose if they want a Scotland that is independent and able to make her own decisions-with a Scottish Parliament that is responsible for making the most of Scotland’s rich resources to benefit its communities and safeguard the welfare of our most vulnerable citizens and accountable for how we engage other nations around the world.”

Cameron on Friday said: “This is a decision that is squarely and solely for those in Scotland to make. I passionately believe it is in their interests to stay in the UK. That way Scotland has the space to take decisions, while still having the security that comes with being part of something bigger. It is their choice, their vote. But my argument today is that though only 4 million people can vote in this referendum, all 63 million of us are profoundly affected.”[More]