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Aug 21, 2014

Scottish nationalists look to broaden independence debate beyond currency

EDINBURGH, Aug 21 (Reuters) – With less than a month to go
until Scotland votes on independence, nationalists are seeking
to broaden the debate away from a difficult focus on what
currency would be used after breaking from the United Kingdom.

Health care and other social issues such as justice and
equality are likely to get a bigger airing if pro-independence
First Minister Alex Salmond has his way in a second televised
debate on Aug 25.

Aug 13, 2014
Aug 13, 2014

In Edinburgh, Fringe performers weigh in on Scotland’s independence choice

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – The Edinburgh Fringe Festival may attract performers from all over the world, but in 2014, the future of the nation where it is held is on every performer’s lips.

The largest arts festival in the world has a distinctively political edge to it this year, as thousands of comedians, actors and singers descend upon Scotland’s capital in the year of its independence referendum.

Aug 9, 2014

Pro-union campaign says sterling not in independent Scotland’s interests

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – A formal currency union would not be in the interests of an independent Scotland, the leader of the campaign to keep the United Kingdom together has said, stepping up pressure on nationalist plans to keep the pound.

With just over five weeks to go until the Sept. 18 independence referendum, uncertainty over what currency would be used if Scotland leaves the United Kingdom after 307 years of union with England remains a major campaign issue.

Aug 8, 2014
Aug 8, 2014
Aug 7, 2014

Scottish nationalist leader faces opposition criticism over sterling

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – An independent Scotland cannot be stopped from using sterling even if London refuses a formal currency union, nationalist leader Alex Salmond said on Thursday, just two days after he failed to win a televised debate dominated by the issue.

The future currency of an independent Scotland remains one of the major issues in the campaign just six weeks before Scots decide in a Sept. 18 referendum whether to break their 307-year union with England.

Aug 7, 2014

Insurers keep FTSE under pressure

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Britain’s top share index slipped on Thursday after insurers reported weaker than expected results, but the market was supported by strong earnings from Rio Tinto.

Financial stocks were the main drag on the index, trimming 7.7 points off the FTSE 100 .FTSE.

Aug 7, 2014

Insurers keep Britain’s FTSE under pressure

EDINBURGH, Aug 7 (Reuters) – Britain’s top share index
slipped on Thursday after insurers reported weaker than expected
results, but the market was supported by strong earnings from
Rio Tinto.

Financial stocks were the main drag on the index, trimming
7.7 points off the FTSE 100.

Aug 6, 2014
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