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Feb 13, 2014

Britain warns Scotland: Forget the pound if you break away

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Britain will warn Scotland on Thursday it can’t keep the pound if it votes for independence, its boldest attempt yet to scuttle a nationalist bid to break the 307-year-old union with England.

In the latest salvo of a choreographed campaign to keep Scotland in the UK, George Osborne will seek to play on Scottish fears of losing the pound to argue that secession would put Scots’ prosperity at risk, pushing them into a tempest of volatility.

Feb 12, 2014

Britain to tell Scotland: Lose the pound if you exit UK

LONDON/KILMARNOCK (Reuters) – Britain’s main political parties will tell Scotland in coordinated statements in coming days it cannot keep the pound if it votes for independence, two people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

Scottish nationalists accused British politicians of bluffing and said they knew well any bid to withdraw the pound from Scotland would damage English business. They said it would mean Scotland would not shoulder any share of British debt.

Feb 10, 2014

Scotland’s finance sector at risk in breakaway vote – Darling

GLASGOW, Scotland (Reuters) – Scotland risks losing its position as a hub for financial services if it votes to become an independent country in September, the leader of the campaign to keep Scotland in the UK warned on Monday.

Scotland will vote on whether to leave the UK on September 18 and Alistair Darling, the former British finance minister running the campaign against a breakaway, said uncertainty over what currency an independent Scotland would use and over how its finances services industry would be regulated was damaging.

Feb 6, 2014

London tube strike causes second day of travel chaos

LONDON (Reuters) – Millions of commuters faced a second day of travel chaos on Thursday due to a 48-hour strike by London Underground workers angry over ticket office closures and job cuts, with no sign of an end to the standoff between unions and rail bosses.

Staff from the two main rail unions began the first of two planned 48-hour “tube” strikes late on Tuesday, reducing the city’s vital Underground network used by three million people daily to a skeleton service.

Feb 4, 2014

Scotland becomes 17th country to approve same-sex marriages

LONDON (Reuters) – Scotland voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to allow same-sex marriages, becoming the 17th country to give the green light to gay marriage despite opposition from its main church organisations.

The Scottish government, which will hold a referendum on independence from Britain in September, said passing the same-sex marriage bill was an important step for equal rights and paved the way for same-sex wedding ceremonies later this year.

Feb 4, 2014

Scotland becomes seventeenth country to approve same-sex marriages

LONDON (Reuters) – Scotland voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to allow same-sex marriages, becoming the 17th country to give the green light to gay marriage despite opposition from its main church organizations.

The Scottish government, which will hold a referendum on independence from Britain in September, said passing the same-sex marriage bill was an important step for equal rights and paved the way for same-sex wedding ceremonies later this year.

Feb 4, 2014

England and Wales urge Scotland: Don’t leave us

LONDON (Reuters) – Despite sporting and historic rivalry, England and Wales had one message for Scotland on Tuesday: don’t leave us.

As debate over Scotland’s independence referendum heats up, an opinion poll showed a rising number of English and Welsh want Scotland to stay in the 307-year group forged by the Treaty of the Union that created the United Kingdom of Great Britain.

Feb 3, 2014

Ex-BBC chief Mark Thompson apologises for failed $170 mln IT project

LONDON, Feb 3 (Reuters) – U.S. media executive Mark Thompson
apologised on Monday to the British public and parliamentarians
for the failure of a 100 million pound ($170 million) digital
project during his years of running the BBC.

Thompson, who left the publicly funded broadcaster in 2012
to become chief executive at the New York Times Company,
said the Digital Media Initiative (DMI) had failed and that
meant “the loss of a lot of public money”.

Jan 31, 2014

British nuclear plant says radiation alert caused by natural radon gas

SELLAFIELD, England (Reuters) – Sellafield, the largest nuclear site in Europe, declared an alert on Friday after discovering higher than usual levels of radioactivity, but later called it off, saying naturally occurring radon gas had triggered the alarm.

The fuel reprocessing plant in northwest England, the site of Britain’s worst nuclear accident in 1957 and once the producer of plutonium for nuclear bombs, told non-essential staff to stay away after the abnormality was detected overnight.

Jan 30, 2014

Athletes warned not to wear big country logos to Sochi

LONDON (Reuters) – Athletes heading to the Sochi Winter Olympics have been warned not to wear team kit with large logos promoting their country on their way to Russia due to security concerns, British Olympic officials said on Thursday.

Britain has joined the United States in cautioning athletes and officials against wearing “overtly branded” clothing en route to Sochi where the athletes’ village opens on Thursday.

    • 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."
      Joined Reuters:
      1994
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      Swedish, Spanish, French
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