Disunity Desperation

Wary Britain Before Scotland Vote: All Hands on Deck

David Cameron at Scottish Widows offices, Edinburgh. Source: Reuters
Please don't go. British Prime Minister David Cameron pleads with Scottish voters in Edinburgh on Wednesday not to leave Britain.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    If Scotland leaves the United Kingdom, the global clout of Britain could wane and London could suffer as an international financial center.

  • Facts

    Facts

    • Top politicians from all three key parties visited Scotland this week to urge voters not to end the 307-year-old Treaty of Independence.
    • Polls show a tight race, but the election may hinge on whether voters follow their hearts by voting yes for Scottish independence or their wallets by remaining part of the United Kingdom.
    • Conservatives are deeply unpopular in Scotland because of the party’s devotion to austerity, which separatist leader Alex Salmond is exploiting to turn out pro-independence voters.
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The strongest warhorses Westminster could muster galloped into the battle for Scotland this week, unified and energized by the fight against independence.

British Prime Minister David Cameron, a member of the Conservative Party, more commonly known as the Tories, was joined by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, a member of the Liberal Party, and Ed Miliband, leader of the Labor Party, in pleading for Scotland to remain within the United Kingdom.

Their arrival provoked the scorn of Alex Salmond, first minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party, who mocked the British politicians as being in a “state of absolute panic. They are the most despised politicians in Scotland. Team Scotland will beat Team Westminster.”

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