Scotland politics

Scottish independence: Guardian backs pro-Union campaign

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The Guardian newspaper has said it is backing a "No" vote in the Scottish independence referendum.

In an editorial, it said the campaign in Scotland has been a reassertion of "some of the things that matter most to this newspaper and its readers".

But it said the campaign should not be "uncritically romanticised" and politics cannot always be like this.

It concludes that, in Britain and the wider world, "we are indeed better together not better apart".

The editorial posted on the paper's website on Friday evening said: "At its best, the independence referendum campaign in Scotland has been a reassertion of some of the things that matter most to this newspaper and its readers.

"The reflections and debates have felt at times like a collective reawakening, achieving a level of public engagement that had seemed to belong to history. In city and village, discussions have been well attended and vigorous. Many will remember this campaign all their lives.

"Exciting as it is, though, the campaign should not be uncritically romanticised. Politics can never be like this all the time."

Calling for reform and decentralisation within the United Kingdom, it concluded: "In Britain, in Europe and even in the world as a whole, we are indeed better together not better apart.

"Nationalism is not the answer to social injustice. For that fundamental reason, we urge Scots to vote no to independence next week."

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