The ‘manufacturing bosses union’ EEF today backed Prime Minister David Cameron’s speech on Scottish independence to throw its weight behind a ‘No’ vote in the forthcoming referendum, albeit via the ‘personal’ views of its chief executive.
EEF CEO Terry Scuoler, a Glaswegian and former Captain in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, said the PM was “right to set out the many positive economic and political reasons why Scotland should remain part of the United Kingdom”.
He went on: “I personally understand the emotional drivers behind the idea of an independent Scotland. However, I think the longstanding economic and cultural ties with the UK represent a far stronger gravitational force in favour of the union.
“Many businesses are now setting out their concerns, putting their heads above the parapet and saying why they are opposed to an independent Scotland. Many others are telling me privately that they are against any suggestion of Scotland ejecting itself from the UK. The enemy of investment and stability in business is uncertainty. While the economic risks around independence are not fully quantified, they do represent a significant gamble.
“The debate on Scotland’s future echoes some of the issues the UK now faces in the debate over membership of the EU. It is essential that we remain a part of the EU, influencing from within, and discussing how we improve that relationship. Equally, it is essential for the UK to remain as one as a nation, while benefitting from the richness and strength of the diverse nations within the kingdom.
“I personally think both sides would be the poorer in every respect if Scottish people choose independence.”
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