Cameron to Scotland: Vote against Independence

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The British prime minister is expected to deliver a strong speech in London, urging Scotland to vote against independence, BBC reported.

David Cameron will argue that the whole UK would be "deeply diminished" if Scotland opted to leave in the September's referendum.

About four million people over the age of 16 and living in Scotland will be able to take part in the referendum, promised by the country's ruling Scottish National Party, on 18 September.

In his speech Cameron will also warn supporters of the Union against "complacency".

Cameron will invoke the spirit of the Great Britain Olympic team, which won 65 medals in 2012, when he speaks at the Olympic Park in east London.

He will say: "For me, the best thing about the Olympics wasn't the winning. It was the red, the white, the blue.

"It was the summer that patriotism came out of the shadows and into the sun, everyone cheering as one for Team GB."

"This is a decision that is squarely and solely for those in Scotland to make. I passionately believe it is in their interests to stay in the UK.

"That way Scotland has the space to take decisions, while still having the security that comes with being part of something bigger."

The UK is a "a powerful brand" and Scottish independence would "rip the rug from under our own reputation", he will say.

"The plain fact is we matter more in the world together. There can be no complacency about the result of this referendum. The outcome is still up in the air."

He will urge people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to "let the message ring out" that: "We want you to stay."

But the Scottish National Party said he was "cowardly" for making the speech in London, not in Scotland.

But Scotland's Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said:

"This is a cowardly speech from a prime minister who uses the Olympic Park in London to give high-handed lectures against Scotland's independence but hasn't got the guts to come to Scotland or anywhere else to make his case in a head-to-head debate.

"David Cameron, as the Tory prime minister, is the very embodiment of the democratic case for a Yes vote for an independent Scotland - and he knows it."

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