EEF votes ‘No’ on Scottish independence

handflagThe ‘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.”

Copyright Ken Hurst 2014 Photo: freedigitalphotos.net

 

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About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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