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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
EDINBURGH, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Two major British banks,
part-owned by the British government, said they would relocate
to London if Scotland votes for independence, hours after a poll
showed a slender lead to those who want to keep the
centuries-old union with England.
Britain’s political elite have rushed to respond to the
prospect of Scottish voters backing secession in a referendum on
Sept. 18 after a poll at the weekend showed the ‘yes’ campaign’s
first lead this year.
EDINBURGH (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday begged Scots not to rip apart the United Kingdom’s “family of nations”, flying to Scotland to man the barricades against a surge in support for independence eight days before a referendum.
Cameron appealed to Scots to use their heads and their hearts when they voted on Sept. 18. He reminded them of their shared history and bonds with England, Wales and Northern Ireland – twice evoking World War Two and the fight against Hitler.