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Cameron says he won’t quit if Scotland leaves UK

Published time: May 09, 2014 15:51
Edited time: August 26, 2014 17:15
Pro-independence supporters as they gather for a rally in Edinburgh on September 21, 2013.  (AFP Photo)

Pro-independence supporters as they gather for a rally in Edinburgh on September 21, 2013. (AFP Photo)

British Prime Minister David Cameron has said he will not step down if Scots vote for independence from the UK in a referendum on Sept. 18, and that his future would be decided by the general election in May next year.

Cameron was asked if he would resign if the United Kingdom broke up, as he had agreed to the Scottish referendum in 2012.

“It not about my future, it’s about Scotland’s future,” Cameron told BBC Radio.

“I believe as prime minister, I did the right thing by enabling this vote to go ahead, but the vote is about whether Scotland stays in the United Kingdom, or separates itself from the United Kingdom,” he said.

He made the comments after reports he had told his Conservative Party allies that he did not want the Scots to use the referendum to punish him and his party. The Conservative Party and the policies of Cameron’s coalition government are deeply unpopular in most of Scotland, which is traditionally much more socialist than England.

Cameron’s Conservative Party holds just one seat in Scotland, compared to 41 Labour seats. Despite his unpopularity north of the border, the prime minister said he believed he had shown “respect” to Scottish voters by giving them a referendum which was “legal, decisive and fair.”

“In the end, you can’t hold people in an organization against their will,” Cameron said.

All of the three biggest Westminster political parties are campaigning to preserve Scotland’s 307-year-old union with England. But the Better Together’s “Project Fear” campaign to keep the union has not been as effective as the pro-independence campaign, promoted by First Minister Alex Salmond’s Scottish Nationalist Party, which has a majority in the Scottish parliament, and an alliance of pro-independence socialists led by firebrand community leader Tommy Sheridan and Socialist Party Scotland.

In 2012, when Cameron agreed to a referendum, support for independence was much lower than it is now and Cameron believed the vote would fail.

But recent opinion polls show that support for independence has been gradually increasing, with the initial strong lead enjoyed by the “No” Campaign being gradually eroded.

An ICM poll last month showed a gradual increase in support for independence, with 42 percent saying they would vote “no” and 39 percent “yes” to splitting with the UK. Nineteen percent are still undecided.

Last month, one senior Conservative said that Cameron would have no choice but to quit Downing Street as he would “go down in history as the prime minister who lost the union.”

Meanwhile, a group of Tory MPs also called for a change in the law to block Scottish voters from taking part in the 2015 general election if they vote for independence in September.

In what could be major political headache for Westminster, if Scotland votes “Yes,” it would not break away officially until 2016 and in theory voters in an independent Scotland would still be able to take part in the general election, which is scheduled to take place on May 7, 2015.

A source close to Cameron’s office the told the Daily Mail last month, “The prime minister is focused on making the case for Scotland to remain part of the United Kingdom.”

Comments (42)

 

mergon 30.08.2014 09:38

He will need to because how is he going to explain to the British people that without the Scottish tax revenues he will have to sell the public land registry to private enterprise ,sell off the rest of the NHS and shut down the DWP scrapping social security !
like the rest of these types he will disappear to one of his exotic homes somewhere in another part of the world he has bought with our money and go on the celebrity speech circuit !

 

Jeremy Fisher 30.08.2014 02:42

Hee hee, it's funny to consider if Scameron is more scared of Scottish independence ending his job or whether it's UKIP stealing his MPs.

 

mergon 27.08.2014 10:26

The burning question that the government does not want any one to ask is just what is the loss in direct and or indirect taxes ! and how will this affect whats left of the British economy !

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