Farage Condemns Salmond's 'False Prospectus'

David Cameron has "blundered" in the referendum campaign by failing to include an offer of more powers for Holyrood on the ballot paper, UKIP leader Nigel Farage claimed.

Mr Farage hit out at Alex Salmond's "entirely false prospectus" on independence that is being offered to voters north of the border.

But he also blasted those trying to keep Scotland in the UK, claiming they had made a "total mess of the entire campaign" as he accused the Prime Minister of being as "arrogant" as Edward II, the English king who was defeated by the Scots at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.

As well as criticising the Conservative leader for not giving people in Scotland the option of voting for "devo max", he said allowing the Scottish First Minister to choose the ballot paper question "Should Scotland be an independent country?" was another error.

Mr Farage spoke out as he addressed a UKIP rally for the union in central Glasgow ahead of the referendum, with protesters outside chanting: "Yes or No, UKIP must go."

The party leader said that in the independence campaign "Salmond has been fortunate, very fortunate, with his enemies, at least the Better Together crowd. The grey men from Westminster have failed to impress anybody".

He added: "From the beginning I was astonished that the Prime Minister allowed for the separatists to be given the Yes side of the referendum question. Far better from his point of view, you would have thought, would have been to have asked the question 'Should Scotland remain part of the United Kingdom?'

"But no, on this he blundered. Even more fundamentally he blundered by not offering the Scottish people the devo max option.

"I have absolutely no doubt that if devo max had been on the ballot paper it would have secured a clear majority of the votes. But no, arrogant as Edward II was at Bannockburn, Cameron has walked straight into this long planned ambush.

"Through those decisions and the weakness of the campaign, the union itself has faced the biggest threat that it has since it was founded 300 years ago."

Mr Farage, whose party gained its first elected representative in Scotland at this year's European elections, came to Scotland to make a pitch to Labour voters "whose loathing of Cameron and the Westminster set has become so strong that they've moved to the Yes side''.

Pro-independence campaigners have actively targeted Labour supporters, with the First Minister claiming hundreds of thousands of people who had backed Labour in the past could be set to vote for independence on September 18.

Mr Farage claimed the "Labour Party led by Ed Miliband has totally failed to connect" with voters, despite the fact that it stands to lose the largest number of MPs if Scotland votes to leave the UK..

Mr Miliband, together with the Prime Minister and the Liberal Democrat Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, have all travelled to Scotland this week to campaign, as polls increasingly show the referendum contest is too close to call.

The UKIP leader said: "When the three Westminster political leaders came to Scotland they gave the impression that it was their union that you should stay a part of. They are wrong. It is your union too and you will have a better, freer future as a devolved part of it."

He also insisted: "I do think that our union has been a hugely successful one and that Scotland's contribution towards our success is entirely disproportionate with its size and I do feel we would all be diminished without it."

Mr Farage claimed that what voters are being asked to decide on Thursday "is about separation from England, and signing a new treaty to be a part, to be a province, of a full EU state".

But he warned that if Scotland left the UK and remained in the EU it would be a "very small and pretty irrelevant part of the European Union".

He said voters in the referendum must consider if they want to become part of Europe's Schengen free travel area "with uncontrolled immigration" and if they would be "happy for Scotland to be a tiny satellite of the emerging new European state".

Mr Farage went on to say Scots should also consider if they want to sign up to the euro as their currency, and added: "If the answer to any of these is no then don't be taken in by the 'pig in a poke' that Mr Salmond is selling you. You are being offered an entirely false prospectus."

He claimed Mr Salmond's plans for a currency union between an independent Scotland and the rest of the UK would be a "politically impossible sell" south of the border, adding: "And as Salmond has no plans for his own central bank or his own currency I guess he would have to sign up to the euro as quickly as he possibly can. So if you want the failing euro, vote Yes."

Earlier in the day, Mr Farage had called on the Queen to make a public statement in support of the union if the independence battle remains on a knife edge.

Buckingham Palace has already stressed the Queen takes the view that the decision should be left to Scottish voters and her role is "above politics".

But Mr Farage claimed that if the United Kingdom is under threat she has a responsibility to speak out.

He said if the opinion polls are finely balanced on Sunday then she should make a statement, highlighting her 1977 Silver Jubilee declaration of support for the union as a precedent for the monarch intervening in constitutional debates.

The UKIP leader told Heart's sister station LBC: "My understanding of the constitution is if the kingdom itself, if the United Kingdom itself is under threat, then in many ways you could argue she has a responsibility to say something."

Henry Reilly, a UKIP councillor from Northern Ireland, also addressed the Glasgow rally, where he branded the SNP the "scum of this earth" and claimed there is a "very close and sinister association" between senior members of the Yes campaign and republicans from Northern Ireland.

He also warned that a Yes vote in Scotland could spark trouble on the streets of Northern Ireland.

Mr Reilly accused the SNP of "chucking a hand grenade into the British constitutional set up", adding that the resulting uncertainty is "causing us in Northern Ireland all this consternation and worry about what will happen".

He said: "If there was a Yes vote, and God willing there won't be, I am pretty certain it would be reflected on the streets of Northern Ireland in some form of unsavoury actions, because the people who want to unite Ireland, they would get a great leg up if there was a Yes vote in Scotland."

Meanwhile, Scottish UKIP MEP David Coburn said his party is now "very much the only unionist party left", claiming that Mr Cameron "seems to want to get rid of Scotland" as he gave Mr Salmond "everything he wanted" in the crucial negotiations about how the ballot should be staged.

Mr Coburn said that had been "catastrophic" and added the pro-UK Better Together campaign - which has no links with UKIP - had been "disastrous".

The MEP said Scottish nationalists are `"ot offering independence, they're offering rule from Brussels and financial rule from Frankfurt".

He added: "They want to give up an alliance of 300 years standing which has given us a good lifestyle, a stable currency, where we have spread liberal democracy throughout the world, and we have more to do together.

"They want to become a small part of the European superstate. He (Alex Salmond) is giving away an equal partnership with England and giving us a very unequal status as a colony of the European super state."

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