Scotland will be more vulnerable to terrorist attacks in a “very dangerous and insecure world” if it votes for independence on Sept. 18, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said.
Being part of a union gives Scots the protective benefits of being part of a larger country, Cameron told reporters at the end of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s summit in Newport, Wales, yesterday.
“With terrorist threats and other threats, isn’t it better to be part of a United Kingdom that has a top-five defense budget, some of the best intelligence and security services anywhere in the world, that is part of every single alliance that really matters in the world in terms of NATO, the G-8, the G-20, the European Union, a member of the security council of the UN?” Cameron said. “All those networks and abilities to work with allies to keep us safe. Isn’t it better to have those things than separate yourself from them?”
With less than two weeks until the Scottish referendum, nationalists wanting to end three centuries of union are gaining ground. A YouGov Plc poll published Sept. 2 showed 53 percent saying they’d vote against independence and 47 percent in favor. The previous poll, conducted three weeks earlier, put the pro-independence campaign, led by the Scottish National Party, 14 points behind. No margin of error was provided.
SNP leader Alex Salmond has described the anti-independence campaign as “Project Fear” for emphasizing the risks of a breakaway.
“At a NATO conference, it’s a time when you reflect on the dangers in our world and I don’t think anyone can be in any doubt we live in a very dangerous and insecure world,” Cameron said. “The rest of the United Kingdom cares passionately about our family of nations and wants them to stay.”