Scotland politics

Scottish independence: CBI boss John Cridland argues for union

The boss of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has used a speech to business leaders to argue for the United Kingdom to remain together.

John Cridland told the Scotch Whisky Association that it would be "difficult to sustain success by being apart".

He argued that "our common laws and regulations" made it more efficient to operate across the union.

The people of Scotland will vote in the independence referendum on 18 September next year.

Mr Cridland said: "There are many robust business and economic reasons not to break up the union, and the international successes we've achieved together are right up at the top of the list.

"The Scotch Whisky Association is a prime example of how well the UK has and does work together.

"You are at the vanguard of what this country needs to achieve on export performance."

The Scottish government has argued that after independence Scotland would be stronger.

Finance Secretary John Swinney has put on record that a go-alone Scotland would not only stand on "her own two feet and survive" but that "the economy can and will thrive".

He added the country was already "holding our own" against "the backdrop of global economic problems and UK mismanagement".

In next year's referendum, voters will be asked a single yes/no question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?"

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