David Cameron tells Scotland: 'We want you to stay'

The Prime Minister is issuing a plea to England, Wales and Northern Ireland to persuade Scotland to stay in the union by saying "we want you to stay", in a speech today. The call comes ahead of the independence referendum in September.

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Sturgeon attacks Prime Minister's independence speech

The Scottish Nationalists attacked the Prime Minister for politicising the Olympic spirit and again challenged him to debate independence with First Minister Alex Salmond.

Speaking after David Cameron's speech at the Olympic park in London, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the Prime Minister “hasn’t got the guts” to come to Scotland to deliver the speech.

Olympic spirit invoked in independence speech

David Cameron today invoked the Olympic spirit of Team GB to make the case against Scottish independence.

The Prime Minister says the UK would be deeply diminshed without Scotland.

Mr Cameron called on people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in favour of the union to make their voice heard even though they don't have a vote.

Here's some of the Prime Minister's speech.

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63 million 'profoundly affected' by Scots referendum

Everyone living in the United Kingdom will be "profoundly affected" by outcome of the Scottish independence referendum, David Cameron is expected to say in a speech later today.

Speaking from the Olympic stadium, the Prime Minister will argue that the UK is a "powerful brand" in the modern world, with a global reputation for being "unique, brilliant, creative, eccentric, ingenious".

My argument today is that though only four million people can vote in this referendum, all 63 million of us are profoundly affected.

There are 63 million of us who could wake up on September 19 in a different country, with a different future ahead of it.

That's why this speech is addressed not to the people of Scotland, but to the people of England, Wales and Northern Ireland...

We would be deeply diminished without Scotland. This matters to all our futures. And everyone in the UK can have a voice in this debate

– David Cameron
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Nicola Sturgeon: David Cameron 'cowardly'

David Cameron is "cowardly" for encouraging unity from London and not debating Scottish independence in Edinburgh, the deputy first minister of Scotland has said.

Nicola Sturgeon said the speech was a sign of the "jitters" running through the No vote camp.

This is a cowardly speech from a prime minister who uses the Olympic Park in London to give high-handed lectures against Scotland's independence but hasn't got the guts to come to Scotland or anywhere else to make his case in a head-to-head debate.

David Cameron, as the Tory Prime Minister, is the very embodiment of the democratic case for a Yes vote for an independent Scotland - and he knows it....

A Yes vote will put Scotland's future in Scotland's hands, and will mean we will never again have to endure Tory governments, prime ministers and policies we didn't vote for.

– Nicola Sturgeon

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