UPDATE 2-Business leaders urge Scots to vote against independence
(Adds comments from letter organiser)
By Paul Sandle
LONDON Aug 27 (Reuters) - More than 130 business leaders came out against Scottish independence on Wednesday, highlighting the economic risks of secession days after the campaign to end the union was boosted by a strong performance in a TV debate.
The heads of giants BHP Billiton, temporary power provider Aggreko and HSBC bank joined forces with the bosses of smaller firms within Scotland's whisky and fishing industries to sign a letter calling for the United Kingdom to stay together.
The letter opens a new front in the campaign in Scotland just three weeks before the vote. Many companies, large and small, had previously refused to take sides in the highly-charged debate.
Independence campaigners argue Scotland could flourish on its own, with Edinburgh taking more direct control over economic development and social welfare and drawing greater benefits from North Sea oil.
Consultant Amanda Harvie, one of the organisers of the letter, said the signatories had concluded independence would not provide the strong platform needed to keep Scotland flourishing, and the point needed to be made.
"There is ongoing uncertainty around issues that are of critical importance to business," she told Reuters on Wednesday.
"Bearing in mind our economy is performing well at the moment, and we are succeeding as part of the United Kingdom, it would not be a good idea to change the positive platform that we have on which to build." Continuación...