Brown Says Scotland Using Pound Faces ‘Colonial Relationship’Robert Hutton
Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown warned that an independent Scotland that kept the pound would be in a “colonial relationship” with the rest of the U.K., as ‘No’ campaigners mounted a final push to keep the country together.
In a speech in Parliament in London, Brown attacked Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond’s proposal that Scotland continue using the pound after independence. He said this would mean the Bank of England and the chancellor of the exchequer making decisions for the benefit of the remainder of the U.K., and Scotland having to accept them.
“If you want to be part of the U.K. currency, as he says he does, you ought to want to be part of the U.K.,” Brown told his audience of lawmakers and activists.
With less than two weeks until the Sept. 18 referendum, nationalists wanting to end three centuries of union with England are Wales are gaining ground. A YouGov Plc poll published Sept. 2 found 53 percent of people saying they’d vote against independence and 47 percent in favor, a six-point gap. The previous poll, conducted three weeks earlier, put the Yes campaign 14 points behind.
Brown called for a “patriotic No vote,” evoking the shared history in areas from war to civil rights and medicine. The union represented “not simply an economic arrangement but what I believe is a moral community,” he said.