David Cameron today assured disillusioned Scots he “won’t be here forever” as he made an emotional final plea for the UK to remain in tact after Thursday’s referendum.
Speaking in Aberdeen, the Prime Minister said he would be “utterly heartbroken” if Scotland splits from the UK and votes for independence.
He likened the four nations of the UK to a family said separation would be a “painful divorce”.
In a direct appeal to Scots who see independence as a step towards ridding themselves of Conservative governments, Mr Cameron said: “If you don’t like me – I won’t be here forever. If you don’t like this government – it won’t last forever. But if you leave the UK – that will be forever.”
The Prime Minister urged voters not to “rip Scotland from the rest of the UK”.
He made one final appeal to the hearts of Scottish voters, saying “We want you to stay. Head and heart and soul, we want you to stay.
“Please don’t mix up the temporary and the permanent. Don’t think: I’m frustrated with politics right now, so I’ll walk out the door and never come back’.
“We must be very clear. There’s no going back from this. No re-run. This is a once-and-for-all decision.
“If Scotland votes Yes, the UK will split, and we will go our separate ways forever.”
Mr Cameron, who was in Edinburgh last week, made the plea to keep Scotland in the UK as he returned to Scotland with just days of campaigning left.
He urged Scots to save the “greatest example of democracy the world has ever known”, appealing to voters on the “British values of fairness, freedom and justice”.
Mr Cameron insisted that a No vote would be a vote for “real, concrete change” with major new powers for Scotland on tax, spending and welfare.
He added: “In two days, this long campaign will be at an end. And as you stand in the stillness of the polling booth, I hope you will ask yourself this.
“Will my family and I truly be better off by going it alone? Will we really be more safe and secure?
“Do I really want to turn my back on the rest of Britain, and why is it that so many people across the world are asking: why would Scotland want to do that? Why?
“And if you don’t know the answer to these questions – then vote No.
“From all of us: vote to stick together, vote to stay, vote to save our United Kingdom.”