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  • 30 August 2014, 18:52

PM 'Emotional And Nervous' About Referendum

The Prime Minister has admitted he is "emotional and nervous" about Scotland's independence referendum - but he remains confident the Union will persist.

In a revealing interview with the Scottish Daily Mail, David Cameron talked of his family roots in Aberdeenshire and his love of malt whisky.

He also describes a bracing swim he took with his close protection officers in the seas off Shetland.

The vote on September 18, which may see him become the last prime minister in the UK, has led him to claim "you can be both a very proud Scot and a very proud Brit".

But he also conceded: "I'm emotional and nervous

"But only nervous because it matters so much. I think the debate is going well. I think, the last few visits I've made, I've sensed that in the business community.

"The commentary has settled down, the argument is going better and I feel more confident.

"But it is a massive decision, so it''s right to be both emotional and nervous."

A recent poll for the Mail showed the Better Together campaign's lead had been cut to six points.

In a campaign recently marred by rancour and ill-tempered protests, Mr Cameron talked of his sympathy for what he calls "the silent majority".

He said: "A lot of Scots are very proud of their joint identities.

"The thing that struck me in Shetland is that you can be a very proud Shetlander and you can be a very proud Scot and a very proud Brit.

"The silent majority are proud of these dual identities or even triple identities, and that perhaps makes them less vociferous about any one particular part. I also think there are so many bits of the UK that just work, and a lot of people recognise that."

Mr Cameron also spoke of his own Scottish ancestry.

"I've always been very conscious as a Cameron of having Scottish blood and Scottish heritage,' he said.

"But I never over-claim, because nothing's more annoying to Scots than having people come up from the South and say 'actually, I'm really Scottish after all'.

"But I am. If you look at the blood lines, there's a lot of Scottish blood in these veins."

Earlier this week, Mr Cameron made the business case for voting No at the CBI dinner in Glasgow.

The Prime Minister is expected to make another trip to Scotland before the referendum.

 

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