You can’t quit UK without my approval, David Cameron warns Scots as First Minister Alex Salmond pushes for a referendum
By Simon Walters
January 8, 2012
David Cameron is heading for a showdown with Alex Salmond over the plan for Scotland to quit the United Kingdom.
The Prime Minister will confront Scotland’s First Minister after receiving new legal advice said to confirm Downing Street’s claim that Mr Salmond cannot hold a referendum without permission from Westminster.
Mr Cameron accepts that he cannot stand in the way of a referendum. But he intends to use the advice to wreck Mr Salmond’s plan to stage it in 2014 – the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, Scotland’s most famous military victory against England.
The row was taking shape yesterday as Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg branded Scottish Nationalist leader Mr Salmond an ‘extremist’ for trying to ‘yank Scotland out of the UK’ against the wishes of most Scots.
(Partisan Ranger Note: Let my people go. Everyone would be better off for it.)