February 16, 2012
David Cameron made his boldest move yet in the campaign to stop Scotland voting for independence by offering the country more freedom from Westminster if it votes no in the coming referendum.
Speaking to business leaders in the capital, Edinburgh, the prime minister said the referendum did not have to be “the end of the road” for devolution. After that “I am open to looking at how the devolved settlement can be improved further”, he said. “And, yes, that means considering what further powers could be devolved.”
However, in a move that immediately provoked an angry reaction from Scotland’s pro-independence first minister, Alex Salmond, Cameron repeatedly ruled out discussing what powers could be further devolved to Edinburgh before the vote.