LONDON (AP) — A Scottish independence leader says the British government is bullying Scotland amid reports the U.K. will rule out a currency union should Scots vote to break away.
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's comments Wednesday come before a speech by Treasury chief George Osborne in which he reportedly will rule out a union that would allow an independent Scotland to continue using the pound.
Britain's Guardian newspaper says senior leaders in the Labour and the Liberal Democrat parties will support this view ahead of the Sept. 18 referendum. Sturgeon told the BBC that Scots "won't take kindly" to the major parties "ganging up to bully Scotland in the decision we're being asked to take on the referendum."
Scottish independence leaders want to continue using the pound should they win independence.