Supermarkets may charge more if Scotland goes independent
It seems some of the biggest supermarkets don't like the idea of Scotland going independent and are threatening to put their prices up North of the Border.
The chief exec of Asda, one of the retailers saying they'll be putting their prices up, added that an independent Scotland may well be a less attractive place to invest, even though the Scottish government said that they'd lower taxes to make the country more competitive.
"The cost of doing business in different parts of the country does vary," said Andy Clarke, the chief executive of Asda and they've have higher distribution costs in Scotland, on top of cost to a public health levy on shops that sell booze and cigs. "A 'Yes' vote in 2014 could result in Scotland being a less attractive investment proposition for business and put further pressure on our costs," he said.
A spokesman for Morrisons, also thinking of sticking their prices up, said: "Why should customers in Cardiff subsidise those in Aberdeen?"
Tesco and Sainsbury's are currently saying "no comment", but the Financial Times reckon that one of the Big Four have already agreed to put prices up in Scotland.
The Scottish National Party are already planning to cut corporation tax and fuel duty, in a bid to keep retailers costs down and a spokesperson told the BBC: "Scotland would be more competitive and less costly than at present. There is no reason why retail prices in an independent Scotland would be any higher than at the moment."
Energy companies are clearly getting good at swaying government opinions, persuading Cameron to look at green levies in exchange for cheaper bills for all - are the supermarkets publicly trying their luck too?