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Sep 8, 2014
Sep 8, 2014
Sep 8, 2014

Helicopters to help speed Scottish vote count

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Scots should know by the early morning of Friday, Sept. 19, whether they have chosen to become an independent nation or to stay a part of the United Kingdom thanks to special measures to get votes counted as soon as possible.

In a country that includes rugged, remote highlands and islands, lights will be installed at rural helicopter pads so that ballot papers can be carried to regional counting centers overnight instead of the following morning as in elections.

Sep 6, 2014
Sep 3, 2014

Scottish ‘Yes’ vote may not be such a big change for queen

BALMORAL CASTLE Scotland/LONDON (Reuters) – Scotland’s vote on independence this month means Queen Elizabeth faces a division in her kingdom not seen since the days of her namesake Elizabeth I at the start of the 17th century. But some things may not change so much.

Whatever the outcome, Queen Elizabeth is likely to still be queen of Scotland, since most Scots are keen to retain her as head of state even if they vote to go it alone.

Sep 2, 2014

UK’s fate in the balance as poll shows record support for Scottish independence

EDINBURGH/LONDON (Reuters) – A poll showing support for Scottish independence at its highest ever level threw the fate of the United Kingdom into question on Tuesday, just two weeks before Scots vote on whether to secede.

The poll by YouGov showed the unionist lead had shrunk to 6 percentage points from 22 a month ago as support for independence jumped to 47 percent in August, suggesting a major shift in opinion ahead of the September 18 referendum.

Aug 28, 2014

Cameron warns of economic threat from Scottish breakaway

GLASGOW, Scotland, Aug 28 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister
David Cameron told Scots on Thursday that much of their industry
and more than one million jobs could be put in jeopardy if they
vote next month to leave the United Kingdom.

In a high-stakes gamble three weeks before a referendum,
Cameron travelled to Glasgow to spell out the risks of
secession, having previously remained largely on the sidelines
of the debate due to both his and his Conservative party’s
limited appeal in Scotland.

Aug 28, 2014

Scottish businesses split as Cameron makes case to stay in United Kingdom

GLASGOW (Reuters) – A split in Scotland’s business elite over independence widened on Thursday, with supporters of secession arguing the economic benefits of going it alone after a rival group had sung the praises of staying in the United Kingdom.

Many companies, large and small, had previously refused to take sides in the highly-charged debate, but with just three weeks to go until the Sept. 18 referendum, an increasing number of influential figures are coming off the fence.

Aug 28, 2014

Scottish business leaders split as Cameron makes case to stay in Britain

GLASGOW, Aug 28 (Reuters) – A split in Scotland’s business
elite over independence widened on Thursday, with supporters of
secession arguing the economic benefits of going it alone after
a rival group had sung the praises of the United Kingdom.

Many companies, large and small, had previously refused to
take sides in the highly-charged debate, but with just three
weeks to go until the Sept. 18 referendum, an increasing number
of influential figures are coming off the fence.

Aug 27, 2014

Former PM Brown sets aside feud to fight Scottish independence

DUNDEE (Reuters) – Former British prime minister Gordon Brown set aside a long-running feud on Wednesday to urge Scots to reject independence in his first public appearance with Alistair Darling, the leader of the campaign to keep Scotland part of the United Kingdom.

With three weeks to go before a historic independence referendum on Sept. 18, the two Labour party politicians, who fell out while in government from 2007-10, appeared in Dundee to argue that Scotland would be better off staying in the union.

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