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Cameron Urges Scottish ‘Silent Majority’ to Speak on Referendum

July 3 (Bloomberg) -- U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron will urge Scotland’s “silent majority” who oppose independence to speak out before the Sept. 18 referendum.

Cameron, who will arrive in Scotland later today ahead of the launch of the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier tomorrow, will use a speech to make the case that “you can be a patriotic Scot and vote no.”

The prime minister yesterday accused nationalists of intimidating business leaders who want to maintain the union. Scotland Secretary Alistair Carmichael last month made the same point, and pointed to online abuse against Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, who lives in Scotland, after she came out as an opponent of independence.

“We’ve heard the noise of the nationalist few, but now it is time for the voices of the silent majority to be heard,” Cameron will say, according to extracts released by his office. “With 77 days to go, we need the voices of the many to ring out across the land. For each one to realize that they are not alone because there are millions just like them. Too many people in this country have been made to feel that you can’t be a proud Scot and say, no thanks.”

A YouGov Plc poll this week found 54 percent of voters were planning to reject independence, against 35 percent planning to support it. Forty-three percent said they’d be financially worse off in an independent Scotland, against 17 percent saying they’d be better off. YouGov questioned 1,206 adults in Scotland June 25-29. No error margin was given.

After the Scottish tennis star Andy Murray was knocked out of the Wimbledon tournament yesterday, bookmakers Ladbrokes Plc said they were lengthening the odds offered on Scotland backing independence. They will now pay 9 pounds ($15) for every 2 pounds bet, compared with 4 pounds for every 1 pound bet previously.

To contact the reporter on this story: Robert Hutton in London at rhutton1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Alan Crawford at acrawford6@bloomberg.net Andrew Atkinson, Mark Williams

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