10/09/2014 07:56 BST | Updated 10/09/2014 11:59 BST

Scottish Independence: John Prescott Suggests Merging England And Scotland Football Teams


The Labour Party deployed John Prescott to Scotland today, as Westminster politicians flocked north of the English border in an effort to prevent the break-up of the United Kingdom.

However the former deputy prime minister, in his unique way, went violently off script. Speaking on a soapbox surrounded by both Yes and No supporters with TV cameras jostling for position, Prescott joked about merging the English and Scottish football teams.

Lord Prescott, who was born in Wales, said he had been told that one of the Better Together No campaign buses belonged to the Scottish football team.

"Here's a revolutionary thought for you, perhaps if England and Scotland together had one team we could at last beat the Germans," he said.

That joke is unlikely to go down too well either side of the border and is probably not going to convince many Scots to reject independence.

David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg abandoned prime minister's questions in London today to travel to Scotland to campaign to save the Union. Alex Salmond seized on the move as a sign it was "Team Scotland" against "Team Westminster".

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