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Sep 13, 2014

Scottish independence battle draws warning to business

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – The battle over Scottish independence took a bitter turn on Saturday when a senior nationalist warned businesses such as BP (BP.L: Quote, Profile, Research) that they could face punishment for voicing concern over the impact of secession.

With the fate of the United Kingdom balanced on a knife edge, the economic future of Scotland has become one the most fiercely debated issues five days before Scots decide on whether to break away.

Sep 13, 2014

Scottish independence battle draws ‘day of reckoning’ warning to business

EDINBURGH, Sept 13 (Reuters) – The battle over Scottish
independence took a bitter turn on Saturday when a senior
nationalist warned businesses such as BP that they could
face punishment for voicing concern over the impact of
secession.

With the fate of the United Kingdom balanced on a knife
edge, the economic future of Scotland has become one the most
fiercely debated issues five days before Scots decide on whether
to break away.

Sep 12, 2014

Support for Scots’ independence slips behind with days to go -poll

EDINBURGH, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Supporters of keeping
Scotland in the United Kingdom have clawed back a 4 percentage
point lead over separatists, a YouGov poll showed on Friday,
with less than a week to go before Scots vote in a referendum on
independence.

The YouGov survey for The Times and Sun newspapers put
Scottish support for the union at 52 percent versus support for
independence at 48 percent, excluding those who said they did
not know how they would vote.

Sep 12, 2014

Scottish support for independence slips – poll

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Supporters of keeping Scotland in the United Kingdom have clawed back a 4 percentage point lead over separatists, a YouGov poll showed on Friday with just a week to go before Scots vote in a referendum on independence.

The YouGov survey for The Times and Sun newspapers put Scottish support for the union at 52 percent versus support for independence at 48 percent, excluding those who said they did not know how they would vote. YouGov’s last poll showed support for independence at 51 percent.

Sep 11, 2014

Scottish support for independence slips behind unionists a week before vote-poll

EDINBURGH, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Supporters of keeping
Scotland in the United Kingdom have clawed back a 4 percentage
point lead over separatists, a YouGov poll showed on Friday with
just a week to go before Scots vote in a referendum on
independence.

The YouGov survey for The Times and Sun newspapers put
Scottish support for the union at 52 percent versus support for
independence at 48 percent, excluding those who said they did
not know how they would vote. YouGov’s last poll showed support
for independence at 51 percent.

Sep 11, 2014

British banks warn they’ll head south if Scotland quits UK

EDINBURGH, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Three British banks said they
would relocate to London if Scotland were to break away from the
United Kingdom, a setback for supporters of independence with
the vote just a week away.

The announcements by Edinburgh-based Lloyds and
Royal Bank of Scotland – both part-owned by the UK
government – and by the Australian owners of Clydesdale bank
followed a new opinion poll that showed defenders of the
centuries-old union were slightly ahead.

Sep 11, 2014
Sep 11, 2014

Two major banks plan London move if Scotland votes to break up UK

EDINBURGH, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Two major British banks,
part-owned by the British government, said they would relocate
to London if Scotland votes for independence, hours after a poll
showed a slender lead to those who want to keep the
centuries-old union with England.

Britain’s political elite have rushed to respond to the
prospect of Scottish voters backing secession in a referendum on
Sept. 18 after a poll at the weekend showed the ‘yes’ campaign’s
first lead this year.

Sep 11, 2014

Special Report: Scots warm to the power of Yes

GLASGOW Scotland (Reuters) – In late August, Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling shared the stage as part of the push to keep Scotland in the United Kingdom.

The two Scotsmen, Britain’s prime minister and finance minister between 2007 and 2010, often fought each other in office. Darling once described his old boss as “brutal and volcanic.” Brown reportedly wanted to sack Darling during the financial crisis.

Sep 10, 2014

British PM begs Scots: Don’t rip apart our UK ‘family of nations’

EDINBURGH/LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron begged Scots on Wednesday not to rip apart Britain’s “family of nations”, visiting Scotland in an attempt to stem a steep rise in secessionist support ahead of a Sept. 18 referendum on independence.

In a sign of new panic in the British ruling elite over the fate of the 307-year-old union, Cameron and opposition leader Ed Miliband scrapped their weekly question-and-answer session in parliament to speak at separate events in Scotland.

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