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British PM Cameron says won't quit if Scotland votes for independence

Published on May 9, 2014 7:48 PM
 
British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday he would not quit if Scotland voted to leave the United Kingdom in a September referendum to become an independent country. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday he would not quit if Scotland voted to leave the United Kingdom in a September referendum to become an independent country.

Asked if he would resign if he presided over the break-up of the United Kingdom, Cameron said the Sept 18 vote would not determine his future as prime minister or Conservative leader as that would be decided at Britain's general election next May.

"I believe, as prime minister, I did the right thing by enabling this vote to go ahead, but the vote is about whether Scotland stays in the United Kingdom or separates itself from the United Kingdom," Cameron told BBC Radio. "It's not about my future, it's about Scotland's future."

His comments came after reports he had told this to allies in an effort to ensure Scots did not use the referendum to try to punish him or the Conservative party, which is unpopular in much of Scotland.

 
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