Cameron Says Scottish Ministers Threaten Firms Over Independence

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said ministers in the Scottish government are putting pressure on businesses to stay silent if they oppose independence.

Speaking at his weekly question-and-answer session in Parliament in London, Cameron said he had heard of businesses facing “all sorts of threats” from the Scottish National Party-controlled administration in Edinburgh. Polls show Scots are likely to reject independence at the Sept. 18 vote.

“I come across business leader after business leader, large and small, in Scotland who want to keep our union together,” the prime minister said. “I would urge them to speak out.”

Gavin Hewitt, former chief executive officer of the Scotch Whisky Association, told the Herald newspaper June 13 he had received “intimidating calls” from senior members of the pro-independence Scottish National Party.

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