September 10, 2014 4:37 am

British PM implores Scots not to rip UK apart

A Welcome to Scotland sign stands beside the road on the Scottish borders on September 10, 2014 in Selkirk, Scotland. The Scottish referendum takes place next week and will determine if Scotland is to remain part of the United Kingdom.

A Welcome to Scotland sign stands beside the road on the Scottish borders on September 10, 2014 in Selkirk, Scotland. The Scottish referendum takes place next week and will determine if Scotland is to remain part of the United Kingdom.

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Prime Minister David Cameron is urging Scottish voters not to break up the British “family” in an independence referendum next week.

Writing in the Daily Mail newspaper, Cameron told Scots: “We desperately want you to stay; we do not want this family of nations to be ripped apart.”

Cameron and the leaders of the Labour and Liberal Democrat parties cancelled a weekly Parliamentary question session to make a late campaign trip to Scotland on Wednesday.

Polls suggest the two sides are neck-and-neck ahead of the Sept. 18 vote, which could end Scotland’s 307-year-old union with England.

Scottish nationalist leader Alex Salmond says visits by the unpopular English politicians could only help the Yes campaign. He said: “If I thought they were coming by bus, I’d send the bus fare.”

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