Over a hundred executives from major Scottish companies have posted an open letter on Wednesday in The Scotsman in opposing Scottish independence arguing that supporters of the referendum itself on Sept. 18 have not to establish that separated the UK it will be better for the Scottish economy that maintaining the current union.
Signatories include former CEO of the Scotch Whisky Association, Gavin Hewitt., HSBC Holdings chairman Douglas Flint., President of Town House Collection, Peter Taylor., Or food group chief executive of Baxter.
The signatories of the letter explained that ” the referendum of September 18 affect our generation and future generations.” ” The stakes are high. Our economic ties with Britain are very close and they nearly one million jobs are supported Scots ” they warn. ” The rest of the UK is by far our largest market. As job creators, have carefully considered the arguments of both sides of the debate. Our conclusion is that from the point of view of business has not been achieved justify the need for independence. “
The signatories claim that ” the uncertainty surrounding vital issues such as currency, regulation, taxation, pensions, EU membership and support for our exports to the rest of the world.” “The UK gives businesses the solid platform we need to invest in the industry. If we work together we will make Scotland continues to flourish,” they conclude.
The business letter comes just two days after the Scottish independence leader and first minister, Alex Salmond, is clearly imposed on the second and final debate face to face with the leader of the campaign for the union, the former minister Labour Alistair Darling.
Business support to the field of ‘no’ comes at an important moment because repositioned the referendum debate in the field of economics, which advocates that Scotland remains in the UK are much more comfortable than on the ground less concrete the ability to govern themselves and destinations shake off the weight of conservative governments that often prevail in London and rarely have electoral support in Scotland, one of the arguments that support for independence is ` si` ask in the referendum. It is a battle between the reality of today or tomorrow idealism that realism tends to prevail.
Alex Salmond has claimed that his victory in Monday’s debate will give an unstoppable momentum to the campaign itself, which clearly remains below some surveys and below, but in walking in others. Experts, however, seem to agree that the impact of the debate in the minds of voters deciding which ballot choose the day of the consultation will be small. And remember the paradox that Darling won three weeks ago but the first debate were the separatists who improved their prospects voting in polls.
In any case, the campaign has not changed following discussions. Salmond still insists on asking for a face -to-face discussion with the first, Conservative David Cameron, British Prime Minister knowing that the political arena is the one that most favors and in anticipation of the visit this week held the Tory leader in Scotland. A visit some consider risky given little sympathy aroused among the Scots. But Cameron does not have many options: you criticize whether involved in the campaign as if he stays quiet in Downing Street.
Darling, meanwhile, insists plans to attack the independence of trying to continue sharing a currency with UK if Scotland prefers independence. To which the Scottish Finance Minister John Swinney responds by reiterating it, in that case, an independent Scotland will assume its proportionate share of the current UK government debt.