Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

BATTLE OF BRITAIN: LEADERS DASH TO SCOTLAND; CAMERON, CLEGG AND MILIBAND DROP EVERYTHING TO MAKE LAST-DITCH PLEA; Fly Scottish Flag to Save Britain, Says Miliband

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

BATTLE OF BRITAIN: LEADERS DASH TO SCOTLAND; CAMERON, CLEGG AND MILIBAND DROP EVERYTHING TO MAKE LAST-DITCH PLEA; Fly Scottish Flag to Save Britain, Says Miliband

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Byline: Nicholas Cecil and Russell Lynch

DAVID CAMERON, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg tore up their Westminster diaries today to rush to Scotland in a bid to stop the United Kingdom breaking up.

Fuelling a perception of panic among pro-union campaigners, the three leaders will miss Prime Minister's Questions tomorrow and instead dash to Scotland to appeal to voters to oppose independence in the historic referendum on Thursday week. The dramatic move came after two polls suggested the pro-independence "Yes" campaign could win.

In a joint statement, the three Westminster leaders said: "There is a lot that divides us, but there's one thing on which we agree passionately: the United Kingdom is better together. That's why all of us are agreed the right place for us to be tomorrow is in Scotland, not at Prime Minister's Questions in Westminster.

"We want to be listening and talking to voters about the huge choice they face. Our message to the Scottish people will be simple: 'We want you to stay.'"

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown was parachuted in yesterday to front the "No" campaign, just nine days before the vote, after a weekend YouGov poll put the "Yes" campaign ahead. Seeking to win over undecided voters at the eleventh hour, Mr Brown outlined a detailed timetable for "home rule" powers for Scotland, if there is a "No" vote.

But a jubilant SNP leader Alex Salmond said today: "This is the day that the 'No' Campaign finally fell apart at the seams."

Financial Conduct Authority chairman John Griffith-Jones confirmed to Parliament's Treasury Select Committee confirmed that the financial regulator is making contingency plans for a break-up and there were calls for the Queen to step in to save the union.

At a reception of business leaders last night in Downing Street, Mr Cameron stressed how Britain had stood together to defeat Hitler. Mr Cameron insisted that Scots could have the "best of both worlds" with more powers for Scotland, while staying within the UK.

A survey by TNS, published today, had the two campaigns tied on 41 per cent.

But the latest survey was carried out before sterling sank by one per cent against the dollar as the City woke up to the real possibility that the UK could break up -- wiping billions of pounds off the value of Scottish companies. …

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