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Dan Quayle: Scottish Independence Would Hurt UK, EU

By    |   Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 07:49 PM

Former Vice President Dan Quayle fears a vote for Scottish independence could spur other nationalist movements and cause Great Britain to withdraw from the European Union.

Appearing Wednesday on Fox News Channel's "Your World with Neil Cavuto," Quayle said that although Thursday's vote is too close to call, he thinks voters will "go right up to the abyss and look into it and vote no."

But even if they do vote to secede, he said, he thinks cooler heads will prevail during the 18-month transition period, and leaders will find a way to reverse the vote and stay a part of Great Britain.

The vote could start a domino effect, Quayle said.

"Who's next?" he asked "Is it Northern Ireland? Is it Wales? Is it Catalonia? . . . We'll revisit Quebec again."

Plus, he said, a loss of Scottish members of the British Parliament could strengthen the  power of the Tories, who don't want Great Britain to remain a part of the European Union.

"I don't think that's a good thing for the U.K. I don't think it's a good thing for the European Union," Quayle said.

Former Heinz CEO Bill Johnson agreed that a yes vote could embolden other nationalist movements.

"That uncertainty is something business never likes," Johnson said.

Multinational companies would wonder if they have to change their trading terms and change their currency.

"If we have money in the Scottish banks . . . what happens to that?" Johnson asked. "Do we then pull that money out? Does the bank leave Scotland and get back into the U.K?"

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