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Sep 16, 2014

Scottish soldiers join battle over independence

EDINBURGH, Sept 16 (Reuters) – A furious fight has broken
out over the question of Scotland’s future defence and its past
military legacy in the final days before an independence
referendum, with veterans arguing for both sides.

At the forefront of the defence issue is the fate of
Britain’s submarine-borne nuclear arsenal at the Royal Navy base
at Faslane on the Firth of Clyde. The Scottish Nationalist
Party, which has spearheaded the campaign for independence from
the United Kingdom, has promised to rid Scotland of nuclear
weapons if it wins Thursday’s historic referendum.

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

Salmond a likely winner whichever way Scots vote on independence

EDINBURGH, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Alex Salmond wields no
claymore sword and appears only sparingly in a kilt, and yet he
has brought Scotland closer to independence than any Scottish
warrior since union with England more than 300 years ago.

Dressed typically in a business suit, the Scottish National
Party leader has used guile, charm and persistence over many
years to build a movement for independence. This campaign
reaches its climax on Thursday when Scots vote in a referendum
on whether to stay part of the United Kingdom or to break away.

Sep 14, 2014

Fate of United Kingdom hangs in balance after latest Scotland polls

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – The future of Scotland and the United Kingdom looked uncertain on Sunday, five days before a historic referendum on independence, as polls showed the rival campaigns running desperately close.

Out of four new polls, three showed those in favor of maintaining the union with a lead of between 2 and 8 percentage points. But an ICM poll conducted over the Internet showed supporters of independence in the lead with 54 percent and unionists on 46 percent.

Sep 13, 2014

With drums and flutes, loyalists march in Scotland to keep United Kingdom intact

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – About 12,000 Protestant unionists, including contingents from Northern Ireland, marched through Edinburgh’s Old Town on Saturday in an emotional show of support for keeping Scotland in the United Kingdom.

With fife and drum bands, bowler hats and orange sashes, the marchers said the referendum on Scottish independence, which takes place this Thursday, threatened their culture and history.

Sep 13, 2014

Scottish independence battle draws ‘day of reckoning’ warning to business

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – The campaign 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 on a knife edge, the economic future of Scotland has become one the most fiercely debated issues less than six days before Scots decide on whether to break away.

Sep 12, 2014

In Scotland, everybody’s talking about it

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Calum Lykan and James Costorphine work across the street from each other on Edinburgh’s cobble-stoned Royal Mile and they also stand on opposite sides on the question of Scottish independence.

But both are happy to voice their views to a passer-by and do so with passion and conviction.

Sep 12, 2014

Scottish support for independence slips – poll

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Supporters of keeping Scotland in the United Kingdom have clawed back a 4 percentage point lead over separatists, a YouGov poll showed on Friday with just a week to go before Scots vote in a referendum on independence.

The YouGov survey for The Times and Sun newspapers put Scottish support for the union at 52 percent versus support for independence at 48 percent, excluding those who said they did not know how they would vote. YouGov’s last poll showed support for independence at 51 percent.

Sep 11, 2014

Scottish support for independence slips behind unionists a week before vote-poll

EDINBURGH, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Supporters of keeping
Scotland in the United Kingdom have clawed back a 4 percentage
point lead over separatists, a YouGov poll showed on Friday with
just a week to go before Scots vote in a referendum on
independence.

The YouGov survey for The Times and Sun newspapers put
Scottish support for the union at 52 percent versus support for
independence at 48 percent, excluding those who said they did
not know how they would vote. YouGov’s last poll showed support
for independence at 51 percent.

Sep 11, 2014

British banks warn they’ll head south if Scotland quits UK

EDINBURGH, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Three British banks said they
would relocate to London if Scotland were to break away from the
United Kingdom, a setback for supporters of independence with
the vote just a week away.

The announcements by Edinburgh-based Lloyds and
Royal Bank of Scotland – both part-owned by the UK
government – and by the Australian owners of Clydesdale bank
followed a new opinion poll that showed defenders of the
centuries-old union were slightly ahead.

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      "Angus MacSwan has reported for Reuters for 25 years from Asia, Latin America, the United States, the Middle East, South Africa and the Balkans. He has covered events from the overthrow of President Marcos in the Philippines in 1986 to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. He stood next to Archbishop Desmond Tutu when he voted in South Africa's first free election and witnessed the arrival of the first prisoners to the U.S. camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba."
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