In the Fittie Bar next to Aberdeen’s industrial harbor, where North Sea oil workers come to drink between stints offshore, the debate over Scottish independence is raging.
Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael said nationalists shouldn’t try to stop businesses publicly opposing independence ahead of the Sept. 18 referendum on whether to stay in the U.K.
The U.K.’s promise to hand more power to Scotland as the government tries to quash support for nationalism has so far failed to dissuade voters against seeking full independence, according to a monthly poll.
Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown said the idea of a unitary British state is “dead and buried” as he criticized the campaign against Scottish independence for playing into the hands of nationalists.
J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter books who lives in Scotland, gave 1 million pounds ($1.7 million) to the campaign to keep the country in the U.K. ahead of a referendum on independence.
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond said U.S. President Barack Obama’s foray into the debate over whether the U.K. should remain united was “pretty mild.”
President Barack Obama waded into two of the biggest political debates in Britain, urging the U.K. to remain united and in the European Union.