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Apr 15, 2014

Navy chief warns Scottish independence could weaken Britain

LONDON, April 15 (Reuters) – Scottish independence would
weaken Britain’s maritime defences by splitting up bases,
infrastructure and staff, the country’s navy chief said, the
first serving military boss to give a view on the consequences
if Scots vote to break away in September.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph newspaper on Tuesday, Admiral
George Zambellas said the nations that remained in the United
Kingdom if Scotland left the three-centuries-old union would
cope eventually but Scotland would feel a “deeper impact”.

Apr 14, 2014

Military chiefs warn Scotland over evicting nuclear weapons

GLASGOW (Reuters) – The Scottish government’s plan to evict Britain’s nuclear submarine base if it wins a vote for independence would cost billions of pounds, cut thousands of jobs and create resentment internationally, former defense chiefs said on Monday.

The Scottish National Party, which runs Scotland’s devolved parliament, has vowed to remove and ban all nuclear weapons in the first parliament of independence, that would start in 2016 if Scotland votes Yes at a September 18 referendum.

Apr 11, 2014

Scottish leader urges voters to put aside politics for independence

ABERDEEN, Scotland (Reuters) – Scotland’s leader Alex Salmond will on Saturday urge Scots to put aside party politics in the vote on independence, as he tries to win support from Labour rivals for his bid to leave the United Kingdom.

In an address to the Scottish National Party’s (SNP) last conference before a September 18 referendum, Salmond will stress that a vote for independence is not a vote for him or his party but a way to put Scotland’s future in its own hands.

Apr 11, 2014

Scottish nationalists say ‘game on’ in run-up to independence vote

ABERDEEN, Scotland (Reuters) – Against a backdrop of a huge blue-and-white Saltire flag, Scottish leader Alex Salmond issued a rallying cry on Friday to supporters of independence to use the next five months to secure the “opportunity of a lifetime.”

Opening the Scottish National Party’s (SNP) last conference before a September 18 referendum on independence, Salmond told a crowd that this was the chance to get what they had worked for since the party was formed 80 years ago.

Apr 10, 2014

Whisky makers fear loss of global network under Scottish independence

EDINBURGH, Scotland, April 11 (Reuters) – Scotland’s
lucrative whisky industry flagged its concerns over Scottish
independence for the first time on Friday, saying its to a
global network for promotion and sales was vital after reporting
flat exports last year.

Figures released by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA)
showed that exports in 2013 were steady at 4.3 billion pounds
($7.21 billion), representing around 85 percent of Scottish food
and drink exports and nearly a quarter of the British total.

Apr 10, 2014

Scottish nationalists mark 160-day countdown to independence vote

ABERDEEN, Scotland (Reuters) – Despite a drumbeat of warnings from businessmen, financiers and British government officials that an independent Scotland would be doomed to failure, Scottish nationalists go into their spring conference this weekend with banners flying and polls showing support for their dream is gathering pace.

Under the conference slogan “Forward,” the ruling Scottish National Party (SNP) will hammer home its message that oil-rich Scotland can be a prosperous nation that decides its own future if it votes on September 18 to end the 307-year tie with England.

Apr 4, 2014

Prince George’s first tour stifles Australia/New Zealand republicans

LONDON/SYDNEY (Reuters) – He may still be in nappies but Prince George embarks on his first official tour this weekend as Britain’s younger royals ride a wave of popularity that is expected to dampen republican movements in Australia and New Zealand.

The eight-month-old prince, third-in-line to the British throne, will accompany his parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on a three-week tour of the two former British colonies.

Apr 3, 2014

Prince George’s first tour stifles Australia/NZ republicans

LONDON/SYDNEY (Reuters) – He may still be in nappies but Prince George embarks on his first official tour this weekend as Britain’s younger royals ride a wave of popularity that is expected to dampen republican movements in Australia and New Zealand.

The eight-month-old prince, third-in-line to the British throne, will accompany his parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on a three-week tour of the two former British colonies.

Apr 3, 2014

British Prince George’s first tour stifles Australia/NZ republicans

LONDON/SYDNEY (Reuters) – He may still be in nappies but Prince George embarks on his first official tour this weekend as Britain’s younger royals ride a wave of popularity that is expected to dampen republican movements in Australia and New Zealand.

The eight-month-old prince, third-in-line to the British throne, will accompany his parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on a three-week tour of the two former British colonies.

Apr 2, 2014

Wales considers banning public use of electronic cigarettes

LONDON (Reuters) – Wales could become the first part of the United Kingdom to ban electronic cigarettes in enclosed public spaces due to fears their use could “re-normalize” smoking conventional cigarettes.

Welsh Health Minister Mark Drakeford said the rapid spread of e-cigarettes could undermine the health benefits of banning the smoking of conventional cigarettes in public in 2007.

    • About Belinda

      "As Chief Correspondent, Britain, at Reuters I cover a wide range of stories ranging from how politics and the economy impact day-to-day life to the royal family and the BBC. During my 20 years at Reuters, I have also worked in Australia, the United States and Sweden, covering politics, companies, commodities and investment banking. I was also Global Editor of Entertainment and Lifestyle based in New York and I ran inhouse training for Reuters' 2,500 journalists."
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