I want to thank Glasgow Caledonian for co-hosting this event.
This is a fantastic, forward-looking university – and we are very grateful for your support today as we are to the Lee Valley VeloPark, for hosting us in this magnificent space.
Less than two years ago, this Velodrome was a cauldron of excitement.
Chris Hoy was ripping around at 40 miles per hour I was up there, I had a whole seat but believe me, I only used the edge.
Three more golds – an incredible night.
But 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.
And it’s Team GB I want to talk about today.
Our United Kingdom.
Last year, the date for the Scottish referendum was fixed.
The countdown was set.
And today, we have just over 7 months until that vote.
Centuries of history hang in the balance a question mark hangs over the future of our United Kingdom.
If people vote Yes in September, then Scotland will become an independent country.
There will be no going back.
As I have made clear, 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.
From Holyrood they can decide what happens in every hospital, school and police station in Scotland and in the UK, Scotland is part of a major global player.
These are the arguments we will keep on putting till September 18th.
It is their choice, their vote.
But my argument today is that while only 4 million people can vote in this referendum, all 63 million of us are profoundly affected.
There are 63 million of us who could wake up on September 19th in a different country, with a different future ahead of it.
That’s why this speech is addressed not so much to the people of Scotland, but to the people of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Within these countries there are a whole range of different views about this referendum.
There are those I’d call the ‘quiet patriots’ people who…