BP boss tells of fears at ‘big uncertainties’ of home rule

By Calum Ross

Published: 05/02/2014

A surprise intervention by the boss of BP has put the future of north-east jobs and prosperity at the heart of the independence battle.

The oil and gas giant’s chief executive Bob Dudley became the most high-profile business leader to enter the debate when he issued a warning of “big uncertainties” if Scotland decides to go it alone.

While the American emphasised BP’s continued investment in the North Sea, he said his own view was that “Great Britain is great and it ought to stay together”. He said there was a “questionmark” over the impact, and specifically highlighted the currency debate and “connections with Europe”, while suggesting company costs would rise through “duplication” of work.

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