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Sep 19, 2014

Scots vote in record numbers, await independence verdict

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Scots agonized over the fate of their country on Friday after record numbers voted in a divisive independence referendum that could break apart the United Kingdom.

Scotland’s verdict on the union should be clear around breakfast time on Friday, but a YouGov poll of 1,828 voters the organization had previously polled indicated 54 percent of Scots would back the union while 46 percent would seek independence.

Sep 18, 2014

Scots independence polls close, UK’s future in the balance

EDINBURGH, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Scotland has voted on whether
to stay within the United Kingdom or break the 307-year-old
union in a finely balanced independence referendum with global

Its verdict should be clear around breakfast time on Friday.

Polling booths closed at 2100 GMT from remote highlands and
islands to the tough city estates of Glasgow with surveys
suggesting Scots were almost equally divided in a vote watched
closely by Britain’s allies, investors and restive regions at
home and abroad.

Sep 18, 2014

Scots vote in independence referendum to seal the United Kingdom’s fate

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Scots began voting in an independence referendum on Thursday that will decide the fate of the United Kingdom, after opinion polls showed hundreds of thousands of them were still agonizing over whether to stay with the 307-year union or back secession.

In the final hours before polling stations opened, leaders of both sides urged Scots to seize the reins of history in a vote that has divided families, friends and lovers but also electrified this country of 5.3 million.

Sep 17, 2014

Scots’ support for independence lags on eve of referendum

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – On the eve of Scotland’s historic referendum, opinion polls on Wednesday showed support for staying within the United Kingdom marginally stronger than backing for independence, but tens of thousands of undecided citizens agonized over which way to vote.

Leaders and supporters of both sides took to the streets for a final day of campaigning in a country gripped by excitement and hope, balanced by a good measure of dread and concern.

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.

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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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