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Sep 15, 2014

Insight – An unlikely hero, Gordon Brown wrestles with Scotland’s fate

GLASGOW Scotland (Reuters) – Once mocked for claiming to have saved the world after the 2008 financial crisis, former Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown may now have the fate of Scotland in his hands.

For many English, Scotsman Brown is an unlikely hero.

Academic and awkward in front of the camera, he was ranked Britain’s most unpopular prime minister in half a century before he led the Labour party to its worst electoral defeat in a generation in 2010.

Sep 13, 2014

Fate of United Kingdom hangs in balance after new Scotland polls

EDINBURGH, Sept 13 (Reuters) – The fate of the United
Kingdom remained unclear five days before a historic referendum
on Scottish independence as three new polls on Saturday showed a
slight lead for supporters of the union, but one saying the
separatist campaign was pulling ahead.

On the final weekend of campaigning, tens of thousands of
supporters of both sides took to the streets of the capital
Edinburgh and Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow. Rival leaders
worked across the country to convince undecided voters.

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.

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