Prime Minister David Cameron said remaining in the U.K. would give Scotland the “maximum benefit” from North Sea oil and gas reserves, as he clashed with nationalist leader Alex Salmond over independence.
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron’s cabinet will hold its first meeting in Scotland early next week, a spokeswoman for the premier said, as he campaigns against Scottish independence in a fall referendum.
U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said Scotland must relinquish the pound if voters back independence in a referendum this year, raising the stakes for nationalists as they gain in the polls.
When Queen Victoria unveiled the Italian marble staircases, mosaic tile flooring and gold leaf ceiling in Glasgow’s City Chambers in 1888, Scotland’s industrial hub was at the heart of the British Empire she ruled.
Scotland’s nationalists failed to gain a Parliament seat from their pro-U.K. opponents in a special election less than eight months before the country votes on whether to create Europe’s newest independent state.
An independent Scotland could be forced to contribute 2.9 billion euros ($3.9 billion) more to the European Union budget over the next six years than it would as part of the U.K., the British government said today.
The Scottish National Party, which won power four years ago for the first time, may still emerge as the largest group in the Edinburgh parliament after May 5 elections, according to a poll of voting intentions.