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Cameron To Scots: 'Please Don't Leave'
David Cameron has used his New Year message to highlight the importance of Scotland's vote on independence, telling Scots: "We want you to stay."
As the countdown to the referendum begins, Mr Cameron said the outcome of the vote on September 18 matters to everyone in the UK.
It is an important date in the history of the United Kingdom, he said, and urged "the nations" to stay together.
"The referendum vote will be the biggest decision Scotland has ever been asked to make. The outcome matters to all of us, wherever we live in the UK," Mr Cameron said.
"This is not a vote for the next few years, but a vote that could change our country forever.
"Our family of nations is at its best when we work together with shared interest and common purpose.
"This year let the message go out from England, Wales and Northern Ireland to everyone in Scotland: we want you to stay and together we can build an even stronger United Kingdom for our children and grandchildren."
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond gave the opposite view in his New Year message.
He said that a "Yes" vote would ease a generation of mothers back to work through universal childcare, making Scotland the best country in the world to raise families.
Mr Cameron also used his message to say the UK Government's New Year's resolution was to stick to the long-term economic plan.
The economy is turning a corner, he claimed, with businesses opening up, people getting decent jobs, and factories making British goods and selling them to the world.
"That's why this year, 2014, we are not just going to stick to the plan. We are going to redouble our efforts to deliver every part of it, to benefit the whole country and secure a better future for everyone," he said.
"We'll continue with the vital work on the deficit. We've reduced it by a third already and this year we will continue that difficult work to safeguard our economy for the long-term, keep mortgage rates low and help families across Britain."
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