Former UK Labor Prime Minister Gordon Brown has delivered a powerful speech arguing for a No vote in tomorrow’s vote on Scottish independence.
In what will certainly be regarded as the best speech of his life, delivered with a passion and conviction rarely seen when he was prime minister, Brown’s argument combined emotional appeal with practical politics.
He said: “There is not a cemetery in Europe that does not have Scots, English, Welsh and Irish lined side by side. When young men were injured in these wars, they didn’t look to each other and ask whether you were Scots or English; they came to each others’ aid because they were part of a common cause. And we not only won these wars together; we won the peace together. We built the health service together. We built the welfare state together. We will build the future together. And what we have built together by sacrificing and sharing, let no narrow nationalism split asunder ever.”
Brown was prime minister from June 2007 until May 2010. He delivered today’s speech in Glasgow.
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