David Cameron sets out ’emotional, patriotic’ case to keep Scotland in UK
The United Kingdom has just seven months to “save the most extraordinary, buccaneering, brilliant country in history”, David Cameron warned on Friday in a passionate and personal plea to stop Scotland from breaking away.
The prime minister said he was making his intervention because he wanted Scots to realise that people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland were not looking the other way or walking on by. “It’s so important for Scotland to realise that the rest of the family see this as a very important family decision,” he told an audience at the velodrome in London’s Olympic Park.
Cameron said all 63 million people in the UK had a voice in this year’s historic referendum and urged people across the country to “pick up the phone” to friends and family in Scotland to urge them to vote against independence in September.
After setting out the moral, economic, geopolitical and diplomatic arguments against Scottish independence, Cameron said there was “an emotional, patriotic case” that traditionally reticent Brits had been too reluctant to make.
Cameron is aware he is not the most persuasive voice in Scotland, but believes he cannot stay out of the argument and has chosen to raise the emotional stakes in the referendum.
He admitted: “Some people have even advised me to stay out of this issue – and not to get too sentimental about the UK”, but added: “I care far too much to stay out of it.”
He said he would be making further speeches in Scotland in the coming months and taking the cabinet to Scotland, and wanted to set out his belief that the UK family would be diminished if the Scots took the irreversible decision to leave.
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