PM Pledge to Keep the United Kingdom Together
Byline: David Williamson
PRIME Minister David Cameron said last night his "absolute priority" was to preserve the United Kingdom.
Mr Cameron spoke after revealing he had made little progress in talks with Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond over a referendum on independence.
He said voters in Scotland should be presented as soon as possible with a "simple, straightforward and legal" question over whether they want to remain in the UK or not.
And he held out the prospect of further talks on increased devolution of powers if Scotland votes to remain in the Union.
Mr Cameron described his discussions with Mr Salmond as "constructive", but said: "On the issue of independence, separating Scotland, leaving the United Kingdom, I am afraid there wasn't much progress.
"I believe that we need to put a straightforward and simple and legal question to the Scottish people in good time, which is to ask the straightforward question: do you want to stay in the United Kingdom - and I hope that is what people will vote for - or do you want to leave the United Kingdom? "If the answer to the question is that Scotland wants to stay in the United Kingdom, then further options for devolution are on the table.
"We can discuss those just as we have in the past, to make sure that all the parts of the United Kingdom feel that they get a good deal inside the United Kingdom. …