Haggling over haggis land?

The time for threats and bargaining has begun over the future of the United Kingdom. With Scotland’s independence referendum only days away, it’s anybody’s guess which side will prevail. 

A recent poll showed the “Och Ayes” gaining statistical strength. Meanwhile, English political leaders like Prime Minister David Cameron and Gordon Brown, former PM and a Scot to boot, are issuing dire warnings should the Ayes have it. Said Cameron: “So let no one in Scotland be in any doubt: we desperately want you to stay; we do not want this family of nations to be ripped apart.” —Diane Richard, writer, September 10


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Source: STEPHEN CASTLE and ALAN COWELL, “’There Will Be No Going Back,’ David Cameron Tells Scotland as Independence Vote Nears,” The New York Times, September 10, 2014