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Aug 27, 2014

Former British PM Brown sets aside feud to fight Scottish independence

DUNDEE, Aug 27 (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.

Aug 26, 2014
Aug 25, 2014

Scotland’s pro-independence leader steamrolls final TV debate before vote

GLASGOW Scotland (Reuters) – Scotland’s pro-independence leader Alex Salmond won a final TV debate on Monday just over three weeks before a historic breakaway referendum, but it wasn’t clear if his combative performance would help him catch up in the polls.

In a bruising debate before the Sept. 18 referendum, Salmond relentlessly talked over and at Alistair Darling, the leader of the “Better Together” anti-independence movement, and it was sometimes hard to hear what was being said.

Aug 25, 2014

Final TV debate before Scotland’s independence vote begins

GLASGOW Scotland (Reuters) – Two of Scotland’s leading politicians began a final TV debate on Monday night, just weeks before a historic independence referendum, with secessionists looking for a game-changing performance to catch up in the polls.

As the Sept. 18 vote nears, polls show the campaign to sever Scotland’s 307-year union with England and leave the United Kingdom is trailing in support, as it has been from the start.

Aug 25, 2014

Final TV debate looms before Scotland’s independence vote

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Scotland’s future will be debated in a final TV showdown on Monday, just weeks before a historic independence referendum, with secessionists looking for a game-changing performance from their leader to catch up in the polls.

As the Sept. 18 vote nears, polls show the campaign to sever Scotland’s 307-year union with England and leave the United Kingdom is trailing in support, as it has been from the start.

Aug 24, 2014

Final TV showdown in Scotland’s independence debate looms before vote

EDINBURGH, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Scotland’s future will be
debated in a final TV showdown on Monday just weeks before a
historic independence referendum with the pro-breakaway camp,
behind in the polls, looking for a game-changing performance
from its leader.

As voting day, Sept. 18, draws nearer, polls show that the
campaign to sever Scotland’s 307-year union with England and
leave the United Kingdom is trailing in the polls, as it
generally has been from the start.

Aug 21, 2014

Scottish nationalists look to broaden independence debate beyond currency

EDINBURGH, Aug 21 (Reuters) – With less than a month to go
until Scotland votes on independence, nationalists are seeking
to broaden the debate away from a difficult focus on what
currency would be used after breaking from the United Kingdom.

Health care and other social issues such as justice and
equality are likely to get a bigger airing if pro-independence
First Minister Alex Salmond has his way in a second televised
debate on Aug 25.

Aug 13, 2014
Aug 13, 2014

In Edinburgh, Fringe performers weigh in on Scotland’s independence choice

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – The Edinburgh Fringe Festival may attract performers from all over the world, but in 2014, the future of the nation where it is held is on every performer’s lips.

The largest arts festival in the world has a distinctively political edge to it this year, as thousands of comedians, actors and singers descend upon Scotland’s capital in the year of its independence referendum.

Aug 9, 2014

Pro-union campaign says sterling not in independent Scotland’s interests

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – A formal currency union would not be in the interests of an independent Scotland, the leader of the campaign to keep the United Kingdom together has said, stepping up pressure on nationalist plans to keep the pound.

With just over five weeks to go until the Sept. 18 independence referendum, uncertainty over what currency would be used if Scotland leaves the United Kingdom after 307 years of union with England remains a major campaign issue.

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