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Sep 16, 2014

Polls show Scottish opponents of independence with slight lead ahead of vote

EDINBURGH, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Scottish supporters of
staying in the United Kingdom are 4 percentage points ahead of
secessionists with just a day to go before Scots vote in an
independence referendum, three different opinion polls showed.

The United Kingdom’s fate remains uncertain as the three
surveys – from pollsters ICM, Opinium and Survation – showed
support for Scottish independence at 48 percent compared to 52
percent backing union.

Sep 16, 2014

Scottish ‘don’t knows’ hold key to historic vote

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Scotland’s independence campaign has stoked strong passions on both sides but with just two days until Thursday’s historic referendum, it is the quiet waverers who may hold the balance of power.

    Scotland decides on Sept 18. whether to sever centuries-old ties with the rest of the United Kingdom. Recent polls have narrowed dramatically and show the vote is too close to call.

Sep 16, 2014

Ahead of independence vote, Britain pledges state funding to Scotland

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Britain promised to guarantee Scotland high levels of state funding, granting Scots greater control over healthcare spending in a last-ditch attempt to shore up support for the United Kingdom before Thursday’s vote on independence.

With polls showing the decision on the fate of the United Kingdom is too close to call, welfare spending and the future of the revered National Health System have formed a central part of nationalist Alex Salmond’s case for secession.

Sep 15, 2014
Sep 15, 2014

Scots independence battle reaches fever pitch on streets and screens

GLASGOW Scotland (Reuters) – Thousands of independence supporters took to the streets of Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow, on Sunday as polls showed the rival camps running desperately close just five days before a referendum which could bring the break-up of the United Kingdom.

Separatist and unionist leaders worked across the country to woo undecided voters among the four million people Scots and Scotland residents who will vote on their future on Thursday.

Sep 15, 2014

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 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.

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