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UK Prime Minister Accused of Coordinating Economic Doubts Over Scottish Independence

© Sputnik / Sergei Guneev / Go to the photo bankBritish Prime Minister David Cameron accused of placing "unacceptable" pressure on business leaders to make public statements against Scottish independence.
British Prime Minister David Cameron accused of placing unacceptable pressure on business leaders to make public statements against Scottish independence. - Sputnik International
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The UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, has been accused of placing "unacceptable" pressure on business leaders to make public statements against Scottish independence.

EDINBURGH, September 11 (RIA Novosti), Mark Hirst – The UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, has been accused of placing "unacceptable" pressure on business leaders to make public statements against Scottish independence.

The BBC's Economic Editor, Robert Peston, took to social media to reveal, "I have learned that PM met supermarket bosses at No. 10 [Downing Street] this afternoon & urged them to go public on how prices would rise in independent Scotland."

A series of supermarkets and retailers made warnings, Thursday, that retail prices would rise if there is a Yes vote in next week's referendum on Scottish independence.

In a statement the Scottish Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said, "This incredible revelation proves beyond doubt that the Prime Minister himself is coordinating a scare campaign to pressurize business into coming out against independence.

"The idea that that David Cameron thinks it is acceptable to put pressure on business to meet his party political ends is utterly unacceptable – and proves that the Project Fear agenda goes to the very heart of the No campaign," Sturgeon added.

"Earlier this week David Cameron claimed to love Scotland. Now, his weasel words have been exposed. He is actively trying to undermine the Scottish economy," Sturgeon said.

A referendum on whether Scotland should be an independent country will take place on September 18. An opinion poll published Tuesday by TNS BMRB revealed that Scottish independence supporters and opponents were evenly split. A survey released over the weekend by market-research company YouGov gave the pro-independence campaign a slight edge of two percentage points.

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