Scots won’t be bullied, Salmond says

Scots won’t be bullied, Salmond says

Sat Sep 13, 2014 7:52PM GMT

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond says the Scottish people will not be “bullied” by oil companies or London in relation to their independence campaign.

Salmond made the comment on Saturday, amid the No camp lunching an intense campaign aimed at dissuading the Scottish people from voting yes in the upcoming independence referendum.

One of Britain’s largest banks, the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), said on Thursday that it will move its headquarters to England if Scotland votes for independence next week.

“The day after a Yes vote there will cease to be a No campaign and Yes campaign,” Salmond said, adding, “We will approach the success of Yes with magnanimity to all.”

Earlier on Saturday, former Scottish Nationalist Party deputy leader Jim Sillars warned major UK-based oil firm, British Petroleum (BP), of potential punishment over expressing concerns about the impact of Scotland’s independence from Britain.

“BP, in an independent Scotland, will need to learn the meaning of nationalization, in part or in whole, as it has in other countries who have not been as soft as we have been forced to be,” Sillars said.

The development comes as Scottish nationalists have accused Britain of going ahead with a scare campaign ahead of the vote to dissuade the Scottish people from voting for a breakaway from the United Kingdom.

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 UK after more than 300 years of political union.


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