The Prime Minister today addressed an audience in Aberdeen ahead of Thursday's referendum in Scotlandby Prospect Team / September 15, 2014 / Leave a comment
Prime Minister David Cameron today addressed an audience in Aberdeen ahead of Thursday’s referendum in Scotland.
OUR COUNTRY AT STAKE
We meet in a week that could change the United Kingdom forever.
Indeed, it could end the United Kingdom as we know it.
On Thursday, Scotland votes, and the future of our country is at stake.
On Friday, people could be living in a different country, with a different place in the world and a different future ahead of it.
This is a decision that could break up our family of nations, and rip Scotland from the rest of the UK.
And we must be very clear.
There’s no going back from this.
This is a once-and-for-all decision.
If Scotland votes yes, the UK will split, and we will go our separate ways forever.
When people vote on Thursday they are not just voting for themselves, but for their children and grandchildren and the generations beyond.
So I want to speak directly to the people of this country today about what is at stake.
I speak for millions of people across England, Wales and Northern Ireland – and many in Scotland, too…
…who would be utterly heart-broken by the break-up of the United Kingdom.
Utterly heart-broken to wake up on Friday morning to the end of the country we love…
…to know that Scots would no longer join with the English, Welsh and Northern Irish in our Army, Navy and Air Force…
…in our UK-wide celebrations and commemorations…
…in UK sporting teams from the Olympics to the British Lions.
The United Kingdom would be no more.
No UK pensions, no UK passports, no UK pound.
The greatest example of democracy the world has ever known, of openness…
…of people of different nationalities and faiths coming together as one, would be no more.
It would be the end of a country that launched the Enlightenment, that abolished slavery…
…that drove the industrial revolution, that defeated fascism…
…the end of a country that people around the world respect and admire…
… the end of a country that all of us call home.
And we built this home together.
It’s only become Great Britain because of the greatness of Scotland.
Because of the thinkers, writers, artists, leaders, soldiers, inventors who have made this country what it is.
It’s Alexander Fleming and David Hume; J.K. Rowling and Andy Murray…