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Former British PM Brown steps up bid to keep Scotland in UK

Published on Apr 21, 2014 8:05 PM
 
UN General Secretary Special Envoy on Education, Gordon Brown, attends a press conference in Islamabad on March 29, 2014. Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is stepping up his efforts to stop Scotland leaving the United Kingdom as opinion polls show growing support for independence. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (REUTERS) - Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is stepping up his efforts to stop Scotland leaving the United Kingdom as opinion polls show growing support for independence.

Mr Brown, a Scot, will on Tuesday make his first speech in support of the cross-party Better Together campaign, warning Scots of a possible deficit in pension funds if they opt out of the 307-year old union in a Sept. 18 referendum.

Polls show growing support for independence with the gap between the two sides narrowing to just a few percentage points after a split seemed unattainable a year ago.

Mr Brown, a former Labour leader who has kept a low profile since losing the 2010 general election, said he will set out the case for why Scotland should stay in the United Kingdom in a speech at Glasgow University. "I will set out a positive, forward-looking case for the best future for Scotland, showing how in areas such as pensions it makes good sense to combine having a Scottish parliament with being part of Britain," Brown said ahead of the speech.

 
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