Independence pleas from both sides on St George's Day

David Cameron and Alex Salmond have given speeches for and against Scottish independence, as England marks St George's Day.

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Cameron: Let's prove we can be committed to our union

The Prime Minister has urged the people of Scotland to stay in the UK with a message on St George's Day:

Cameron: 'We will always be greater together'

The UK "will always be greater together" and England use St George's Day to reflect on its role in "the word's greatest family of nations", the Prime Minister will say later today in a speech.

This St George's Day, I want us to reflect on one of England's greatest achievements: its role in the world's greatest family of nations - the United Kingdom.

In just five months, the people of Scotland will go to the polls and decide whether they want to remain a part of this global success story.

So let's prove that we can be proud of our individual nations and be committed to our union of nations.

Because no matter how great we are alone, we will always be greater together.

– David Cameron


David Cameron in St George's Day unity plea

The Prime Minister will issue a St George's Day plea to the people of Scotland to stay in the UK and remain united with England in the "world's greatest family of nations".

David Cameron will also say that England's patron saint's day has been overlooked "for too long" Credit: PA

David Cameron will sing the praises of the UK as he attempts to lure Scottish voters into staying in the union.

He said the UK was a "global success story" and "no matter how great we are alone, we will always be greater together".

Scottish voters will decide on September 18 whether to split from the rest of the UK in favour of an independent future.

Salmond: Social union 'will remain' after independence

The social union between Scotland and the rest of the UK "will remain", Alex Salmond is expected to say in a speech given in the north of England later today.

The First Minister will argue people either side of the border can still marry freely and the monarchy will preside over Scotland as it does for "other Commonwealth countries":

People would still live in Annan and work in Carlisle, or live in Penrith and work in Lockerbie. Friends and family would continue to visit each other.

We would still watch many of the same television programmes. People from Scotland and England would still celebrate personal unions - by getting married in Carlisle Cathedral or perhaps by going to Gretna instead.

On Monday, there were gun salutes in Stirling, Edinburgh and London to mark the Queen's birthday. That would continue, since we would still share a monarchy with the rest of the UK...just as 16 other Commonwealth countries do now.

– Alex Salmond

Alex Salmond appeals to Border Community

Scotland's First Minister will attempt to woo more voters along the border with England, arguing there will be no disruption to trading relationships if voters chose to go it alone.

Alex Salmond will argue Scottish independence will not change existing economic ties with the north of England. Credit: PA

In a speech given in the English city of Carlisle on St George's Day, Alex Salmond will insist Scotland will keep the pound, despite a rousing refusal from all major UK parties to agree to a currency union.

The SNP leader is expected to refute Westminster allegations that Scottish independence will have a "profound change" on cross-border relations.

Instead, Mr Salmond will claim existing social and economic ties on the border will continue as they are.

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