Cameron warns Scots of 'painful divorce

2014-09-15 22:48:31 | Al Muslim News
 Cameron warns Scots of 'painful divorce

 

The British prime minister has urged Scots to vote against independence in his most forceful speech yet, by promising Scotland sweeping new powers in the event of a "No" result, ahead of this week's historic referendum. In his last visit to Scotland before Thursday's election, David Cameron warned on Monday that a vote for independence wouldn't be a "trial separation" but a "painful divorce". "There is no going back from this, no re-run. This is a once-and-for-all decision," Cameron told a crowd in Aberdeen. With opinion polls suggesting the referendum remains too close to call, Cameron, the leader of the Conservatives, which draws most of its support from England, pleaded with voters not to use the referendum as a protest vote. Head, heart and soul, we want you to stay," he said. Cameron also offered to allocate additional powers to the Scottish parliament over tax, spending and some welfare services if the UK remained intact. Cameron's trip was a last-ditch effort to try to persuade Scotland's half a million undecided voters to reject independence. Al Jazeera's Laurence Lee, reporting from Aberdeen, said the plea could sway many of the undecided. The Conservative party have only one of 59 British parliamentary seats in Scotland, and the pro-independence SNP has eclipsed Labour in recent years as the dominant political force. Alex Salmond, the leader of the SNP, was also campaigning on Monday urging Scots to choose its own leaders and rule itself. He said Scotland would vote for independence and that the next time Cameron visited, he would discuss the details of the five-million strong population's divorce settlement from the UK. "The next time he [Cameron] comes to Scotland it will not be to love-bomb or engage in desperate last-minute scaremongering," Salmond said in a statement. "It will be to engage in serious post-referendum talks." Scotland votes on Thursday whether to end a 307-year-old union with England and break away from the UK..

Tags: #

Latest News

What to Next

Russian foreign minister says US ready to continue talks

MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Sunday he believed his US colleagues were ready to continue dialogue with Moscow on complex iss... More

BJP keen to amend law on permanent residence in held Kashmir

NEW DELHI: Away from the attention that Article 370 attracts, some members and supporters of the Bha­ratiya Janata Party (BJP) are steadily pushin... More

North Korea defiant after new sanctions, rejects talks

SEOUL (AFP):North Korea on Monday angrily insisted tough new United Nations sanctions would not stop it from developing its nuclear arsenal, and warne... More

Does Trump worry you? US Muslims say yes : Survey

Survey finds Muslims feel out of place in society, displeased with their president, and are targets of discrimination. The early days of Donald Tru... More

DEATH TO ISIS:Thousands flood streets in furious protest to condemn terror group

Thousands of protesters chanted slogans against the militant Islamic State group Wednesday as they carried the coffins of victims of an attack targeti... More

China says restrained in face of India

BEIJING: China accused India on Wednesday of “concocting” excuses over the illegal entry of the South Asian nation’s military into C... More

COAS, Afghan envoy discuss border issues

ISLAMABAD: Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa met Afghanistan’s ambassador Dr Omar Zakhilwal on Wednesday for continuing discussions on normalisation of... More

Apple removes VPN services from Chinese app store

BEIJING: Apple has removed software allowing internet users to skirt China’s “Great Firewall” from its app store in the country, the... More

IS claims attack on Iraq embassy in Kabul

A suicide bomber blew himself up outside the Iraqi embassy in Kabul on Monday and militants breached the compound in a complex hours-long attack claim... More

Saudi-led bloc opens emergency routes to Qatari planes

DUBAI: Four Arab states that have cut diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar said on Monday that they have opened up air routes that Qatari planes c... More

83