Scots will vote ‘yes’ to separation from UK: Alex Salmond

Scots will vote ‘yes’ to separation from UK: Alex Salmond

Thu Sep 11, 2014 5:33PM GMT

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond remains optimistic about next week’s referendum, saying Scots will make history by voting ‘Yes’ to break more than 300 years of union with England.

“Scotland will vote ‘Yes’ next Thursday because last-minute…promises from the ‘No’ campaign will not fool anyone,” said Salmond during a speech in Edinburgh on Thursday.

“As a country we are rediscovering self-confidence, as a nation we are finding our voice…. On September 18, we, the people, hold our destiny in our own hands,” he added.

Meanwhile, two of Britain’s largest banks have warned that they would move their headquarters to England if the Scottish people vote for independence next week.

RBS, which owns NatWest and Ulster Bank, warned that staying in an independent Scotland would create uncertainties that could hurt its business and customers.

Edinburgh-based Lloyds Bank also expressed concern over the independence cause, after a recent poll showed a surge in support of the Yes campaign.

Scottish people are set to participate in a historic referendum next Thursday.

Scottish authorities say independence from the UK would free Scotland from London’s austerity policies and unnecessary military spending.

A YouGov poll presented on September 7 showed support for Scotland’s independence at 51 percent, compared with 49 percent in favor of remaining in the union.

Meanwhile, Britain has already expressed concern over Scotland’s possible independence.

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.

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