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

The Prime Minister has made his highest-profile intervention in the debate on Scottish independence so far by calling on England, Wales and Northern Ireland to persuade Scotland to stay in the union. His call comes ahead of September's referendum.

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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

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

Cameron tells Scotland: 'We want you to stay'

David Cameron will use a speech later today to ask the people of the United Kingdom who do not live in Scotland to issue a message of unity to their friends north of the border.

David Cameron has been accused of politicising the Olympics to his advantage by Scottish ministers. Credit: PA

The Prime Minister is expected to steer the Better Together campaign towards a more positive message of "we want you to stay".

Mr Cameron will urge the English, Welsh and Northern Irish to do whatever they can to influence the outcome, telling them: "You don't have a vote, but you do have a voice."

The speech will be given at the Olympic stadium as the PM wanted to symbolise the unity of the 2012 Team GB, which won 65 medals and came third overall.

With seven months to go to the poll, the outcome remains "up in the air", the Prime Minister is expected to say.

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