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Edinburgh (AP) - The countdown is on in Scotland: On Thursday, the country will decide whether it wants to continue to be British or independent. The politicians are in the final spurt of the campaign.

Shortly before the independence referendum, the heads of government of Great Britain and Scotland are fighting for the votes of the last undecided Scots. On what was probably his last visit to Scotland before the vote, Prime Minister David Cameron tried to promote his cause with a passionate speech. "Please, please stay with us," he called to the Scots in Aberdeen.

Alex Salmond, head of the SNP, the ruling national party in Edinburgh, met with business representatives in Scotland's capital, Edinburgh. They were moving more and more to the side of the independence movement, he said, "because they know that this is the only way we can get the economic strength we need." Cameron had previously rallied company bosses and bank leaders who had drawn in dark colors the financial and economic consequences of independence.

Numerous companies, including banks and large department store chains, had pointed out the negative consequences of a vote for the spin-off. On Monday, the group of "young shipbuilders" joined those who warned that the "Yes" campaign for independence had no credible plan to preserve the industry. Leaving the Union is an "absolutely irrational game of chance".

Salmond has not yet wanted to meet them, they wrote in an open letter to the head of government. Scotland's shipbuilding is highly dependent on orders from the London Department of Defense. Previously, the Deutsche Bank had also warned of the risks of a Scottish going it alone and compared a split with the mistakes in the USA before the Great Depression.

Cameron had been criticized for his sparse appearances in Scotland. Last week in Edinburgh he said that the break up of the United Kingdom would "break his heart". A spokesman said he would be in London and work during Thursday's vote.

One of the largest UK trade unions called on employers in Scotland to give their employees time off to vote in order to avoid long queues at the polling stations. They are open from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. CEST, the result should be available early Friday morning. Almost 4.3 million Scots have registered for the referendum. This would mean that voter turnout could reach around 97 percent - that would be a record.