17/09/2014 08:50 BST | Updated 17/09/2014 08:59 BST

Scottish Independence Causes David Cameron To Claim Assassination Would Be A 'Welcome Release'

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British Prime Minister David Cameron gestures after addressing a press conference in Aberdeen, Scotland, on September 15, 2014, ahead of the referendum on Scotland's independence. British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday pleaded with Scots to vote against independence in a referendum as Scotland enters the most decisive week in its modern history. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

David Cameron has revealed how bruising it has been for him on the campaign trail urging Scots to stay in the United Kingdom.

The Prime Minister told the Evening Standard Diary: “I have to say that after the events I have been facing over the last few days, assassination would be a welcome release.”

Cameron was speaking as he hosted a book launch at Downing Street for BBC journalist Andrew Marr's political thriller Head of State, which features the assassination of a prime minister in its plot.

In a bid to undermine the potential motivation for wavering Scots to back independence, the Tory leader has insisted that a Yes vote would not lead to his resignation.

"My name is not on the ballot paper," he told reporters. "What's on the ballot paper is 'does Scotland want to stay in the United Kingdom, or does Scotland want to separate itself from the United Kingdom?'. That's the only question that will be decided on Thursday night. The question about my future will be decided at the British general election coming soon."


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