85% of businesses outside Scotland 'want it to stay in UK'
The majority of businesses outside Scotland want it to remain in the UK, according to a survey by the British Chambers of Commerce. Some 85% of their 2,400 members in England, Wales and Northern Ireland thought Scotland should stay in the union.
On top of unprecedented cuts we've already seen, senior figures at Westminster are committed to slashing another £4 billion from Scotland's public services - and this survey finds that businesses outside Scotland would pile further pressure onto the UK Government to do this.
Businesses also stated that the referendum debate has had no impact on their business decisions - this blows away No camp attempts to scaremonger to the contrary.
The biggest threat to UK business is Westminster's obsession with a referendum on EU membership that could see us ripped out of the European Union.
Most businesses in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are "less than captivated" by the independence debate, but would want to continue trading if Scotland votes yes on September 18, the BCC has said.
Director general John Longworth explained:
Businesses in England, Wales and Northern Ireland remain less than captivated by the intense debate unfolding north of the border.
Yet they do have views on the potential impacts of a change in Scotland's relationship with the rest of the UK.
In the event of a Yes vote, cross-border trading and currency arrangements loom large in businesses' thinking.
If Scotland votes No, constitutional questions remain around the devolution of power and the distribution of public funding between nations.
The overwhelming majority of businesses in England, Wales and Northern Ireland want Scotland to vote against independence in this September's referendum, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) have found.