Campaign begins against independence for Scotland


LONDON — Former British Treasury chief Alistair Darling launched a campaign Monday to keep Scotland in the United Kingdom, saying independence would create a deeply uncertain future.

The Scottish government is hoping to hold an independence referendum in August 2014. Last month, Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond kicked off the “Yes Scotland” campaign in favor of separation.

Darling, a lawmaker with the opposition Labour Party, was joined Monday in Edinburgh by members of the governing Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties to launch the “Better Together” campaign. He described his role in the campaign as “one of the most important things” in his political career.

“If we decide to leave the United Kingdom, there is no way back,” said Darling, who is Scottish. British Prime Minister David Cameron is also backing the campaign.