Cameron tries to scare away Scots from independence
Cameron scaring away Scots from independence
Fri Sep 12, 2014 4:53PM GMT
British Prime Minister David Cameron has been accused of coordinating a scare campaign to pressurize business leaders to make public statements against Scottish independence.
Scottish Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon made the accusation on Thursday after Cameron reportedly met with supermarket executives at Downing Street, urging them to speak against Scotland breaking away from the UK.
British economic editor Robert Peston said in a tweet he had been informed that Cameron “met supermarket bosses at No. 10 [Downing Street] this afternoon & urged them to go public on how prices would rise in independent Scotland.”
“This incredible revelation proves beyond doubt that the Prime Minister himself is coordinating a scare campaign to pressurize business into coming out against independence,” said Sturgeon.
“The idea that that David Cameron thinks it is acceptable to put pressure on business to meet his party political ends is utterly unacceptable – and proves that the Project Fear agenda goes to the very heart of the No campaign,” Sturgeon added.
On Thursday, a number of supermarkets and retailers, including Asda and John Lewis, warned that prices would rise in Scotland if Scots vote “Yes” in next week’s independence referendum.
This is while Cameron resorted to threats during a visit in Edinburgh a day earlier, saying Britain would not share its currency, the pound, with an independent Scotland.
Cameron along with other politicians from London decided to hold rallies in Scotland after a poll, presented last week, put pro-independence supporters in the lead for the first time with 51 percent compared to the 49 percent in favor of remaining in the union.
Scotland will hold a national referendum on September 18 to determine the country’s future. The independence referendum could result in Scotland’s breakaway from the United Kingdom after more than 300 years of political union.