U.K. Companies Outside Scotland Snub Independence in Poll

More than four in five British companies based outside Scotland want to keep the U.K. together, according to a survey of attitudes to a referendum on Scottish independence on Sept. 18.

The British Chambers of Commerce said 85 percent of respondents in its questionnaire to 2,400 members were against Scottish independence. Sixty-three percent said they saw no new opportunities from the breakup of the U.K., the group said in an e-mailed statement today.

The campaign to maintain the 307-year-old union with the U.K. is ahead in opinion polls even as its lead over the nationalists has narrowed over the past month. Arguments are intensifying over whether an independent Scotland would be able to keep the pound and remain part of the European Union.

The chambers of commerce survey found 35 percent of companies outside Scotland were in favor of a formal currency union should Scottish nationalists win the vote.

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