Cameron begs Scots: Don’t rip our ‘UK family’ apart in independence vote

British Prime Minister David Cameron implored Scots today to shun independence to keep the United Kingdom “family” intact as he tried to stem a steep rise in secessionist support ahead of the September 18th vote.

“We do not want this family of nations to be ripped apart,” Cameron said in an opinion piece published in the Daily Mail newspaper. “The United Kingdom is a precious and special country.”

But Cameron tempered the emotion with a clear warning: “If the UK breaks apart, it breaks apart forever.”

Several opinion poll surveys have shown a surge in support for independence over recent weeks, spooking financial markets and raising the biggest internal challenge to the United Kingdom since Irish independence almost a century ago.

Following an independence vote, Britain and Scotland would face 18 months of talks on how to carve up everything from North Sea oil and the pound to European Union membership and Britain’s main nuclear submarine base at Faslane.