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Sep 2, 2014

UK’s fate in the balance as poll shows record support for Scottish independence

EDINBURGH/LONDON (Reuters) – A poll showing support for Scottish independence at its highest ever level threw the fate of the United Kingdom into question on Tuesday, just two weeks before Scots vote on whether to secede.

The poll by YouGov showed the unionist lead had shrunk to 6 percentage points from 22 a month ago as support for independence jumped to 47 percent in August, suggesting a major shift in opinion ahead of the September 18 referendum.

Aug 28, 2014

Cameron warns of economic threat from Scottish breakaway

GLASGOW, Scotland, Aug 28 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister
David Cameron told Scots on Thursday that much of their industry
and more than one million jobs could be put in jeopardy if they
vote next month to leave the United Kingdom.

In a high-stakes gamble three weeks before a referendum,
Cameron travelled to Glasgow to spell out the risks of
secession, having previously remained largely on the sidelines
of the debate due to both his and his Conservative party’s
limited appeal in Scotland.

Aug 28, 2014

Scottish businesses split as Cameron makes case to stay in United Kingdom

GLASGOW (Reuters) – A split in Scotland’s business elite over independence widened on Thursday, with supporters of secession arguing the economic benefits of going it alone after a rival group had sung the praises of staying in the United Kingdom.

Many companies, large and small, had previously refused to take sides in the highly-charged debate, but with just three weeks to go until the Sept. 18 referendum, an increasing number of influential figures are coming off the fence.

Aug 28, 2014

Scottish business leaders split as Cameron makes case to stay in Britain

GLASGOW, Aug 28 (Reuters) – A split in Scotland’s business
elite over independence widened on Thursday, with supporters of
secession arguing the economic benefits of going it alone after
a rival group had sung the praises of the United Kingdom.

Many companies, large and small, had previously refused to
take sides in the highly-charged debate, but with just three
weeks to go until the Sept. 18 referendum, an increasing number
of influential figures are coming off the fence.

Aug 27, 2014

Former PM Brown sets aside feud to fight Scottish independence

DUNDEE (Reuters) – Former British prime minister Gordon Brown set aside a long-running feud on Wednesday to urge Scots to reject independence in his first public appearance with Alistair Darling, the leader of the campaign to keep Scotland part of the United Kingdom.

With three weeks to go before a historic independence referendum on Sept. 18, the two Labour party politicians, who fell out while in government from 2007-10, appeared in Dundee to argue that Scotland would be better off staying in the union.

Aug 27, 2014

Former British PM Brown sets aside feud to fight Scottish independence

DUNDEE, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Former British prime minister
Gordon Brown set aside a long-running feud on Wednesday to urge
Scots to reject independence in his first public appearance with
Alistair Darling, the leader of the campaign to keep Scotland
part of the United Kingdom.

With three weeks to go before a historic independence
referendum on Sept. 18, the two Labour party politicians, who
fell out while in government from 2007-10, appeared in Dundee to
argue that Scotland would be better off staying in the union.

Aug 26, 2014
Aug 25, 2014

Scotland’s pro-independence leader steamrolls final TV debate before vote

GLASGOW Scotland (Reuters) – Scotland’s pro-independence leader Alex Salmond won a final TV debate on Monday just over three weeks before a historic breakaway referendum, but it wasn’t clear if his combative performance would help him catch up in the polls.

In a bruising debate before the Sept. 18 referendum, Salmond relentlessly talked over and at Alistair Darling, the leader of the “Better Together” anti-independence movement, and it was sometimes hard to hear what was being said.

Aug 25, 2014

Final TV debate before Scotland’s independence vote begins

GLASGOW Scotland (Reuters) – Two of Scotland’s leading politicians began a final TV debate on Monday night, just weeks before a historic independence referendum, with secessionists looking for a game-changing performance to catch up in the polls.

As the Sept. 18 vote nears, polls show the campaign to sever Scotland’s 307-year union with England and leave the United Kingdom is trailing in support, as it has been from the start.

Aug 25, 2014

Final TV debate looms before Scotland’s independence vote

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Scotland’s future will be debated in a final TV showdown on Monday, just weeks before a historic independence referendum, with secessionists looking for a game-changing performance from their leader to catch up in the polls.

As the Sept. 18 vote nears, polls show the campaign to sever Scotland’s 307-year union with England and leave the United Kingdom is trailing in support, as it has been from the start.

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