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May 30, 2014
May 29, 2014

Formal countdown begins for Scottish vote that could break up United Kingdom

EDINBURGH, May 30 (Reuters) – The formal campaign for a
Scottish independence vote that could result in the break-up of
the United Kingdom began on Friday, though polls currently show
Scots are unlikely to vote for the demise of the 307-year-old
union with England.

Scottish nationalists hope the desire for independence,
historical rivalry and what they say has been centuries of
mismanagement by far-off leaders in London will drive Scots to
vote for secession in the Sept. 18 referendum.

May 28, 2014
May 28, 2014

Opposing Scottish independence camps both appeal to voters’ pockets

EDINBURGH/LONDON, May 28 (Reuters) – The debate over whether
Scots will be better off if they break away from the United
Kingdom intensified on Wednesday, as pro- and anti-independence
camps both claimed Scots would be at least 1,000 pounds ($1,700)
a year richer.

Scotland holds a referendum on Sept. 18 over whether to end
its 307-year union with England, and as that date moves nearer
the number of people who are still undecided exceeds the
majority who want to retain the union.

May 28, 2014

British government tells Scots staying in UK is worth 1,400 pounds each http://t.co/qmDqMmMWhL via @reuters

British government tells Scots staying in UK is worth 1,400 pounds each http://t.co/qmDqMmMWhL via @reuters

May 28, 2014

Salmond says Scottish finances at least as strong as UK’s http://t.co/OiyIf0K29w via @reuters

Salmond says Scottish finances at least as strong as UK’s http://t.co/OiyIf0K29w via @reuters

May 28, 2014

Glaxo investigation weighs on FTSE

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – British blue-chip shares dipped on Wednesday after domestic authorities launched a criminal investigation into the commercial practices of drug maker GlaxoSmithKline.

GlaxoSmithKline fell 1.5 percent on the fraud office probe, posing a new challenge for a firm that already faces claims of bribery in China and four other countries.

May 28, 2014

Glaxo investigation weighs on Britain’s FTSE

EDINBURGH, May 28 (Reuters) – British blue-chip shares
dipped on Wednesday after domestic authorities launched a
criminal investigation into the commercial practices of drug
maker GlaxoSmithKline.

GlaxoSmithKline fell 1.5 percent on the fraud office probe,
posing a new challenge for a firm that already faces claims of
bribery in China and four other countries.

May 27, 2014
May 27, 2014

Scottish nationalists get new weapon in battle for independence: Europe

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – A surge in Euroscepticism in England has handed secessionists in Scotland a new weapon in their battle to break away from the United Kingdom: a warning that only independence can keep Scotland inside the European Union.

The Scottish National Party, which runs the devolved Scottish government, secured 29 percent of the vote in European elections, a slight dip from the 2009 vote but bucking a trend in England where the anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) won.

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