By Jonathan Davies

Scottish businesses are calling on the country to unite to "drive Scotland forward" whatever the result of Thursday's independence referendum.

With just two days until Scotland votes 'Yes' or 'No' to the question "Should Scotland be an independent country?", polls suggest the outcome is too close to call, and the Scottish Chambers of Commerce said it will leave "a substantial number" of people disappointed.

The business organisation said Scotland's economy performs best "when we work together with a common purpose".

In a statement, chief executive Liz Cameron said her organisation had taken "a strictly impartial view on the debate".

Ms Cameron said: "Whichever direction the people of Scotland choose in Thursday's referendum, one thing is clear: on Friday, we must all come together to drive Scotland forward, either as an independent nation or as part of the United Kingdom.

"Either choice will leave a substantial number of people disappointed but on Friday 19 September, we simply cannot afford to have a country divided.

"The referendum on Scottish independence must not become defined in terms of winners and losers.

"We will not benefit as a nation if almost half of our people do not feel part of the future that we have determined for ourselves."

She added: "The Scottish economy performs best when we work together with a common purpose and the priority for our politicians on Friday must be to reach out to those who are left disappointed by the outcome of the referendum and ensure that they play an active role in helping to build our future economy.

"On 19 September, it will be time to focus this energy on making a success of the constitutional direction that the people of Scotland have chosen.

"Let's all unite and get back to the business of generating wealth, jobs and success."

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