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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.

Sep 10, 2014

Cameron 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.

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.

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