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Apr 22, 2014

Gordon Brown to urge Scots to stick with UK

LONDON (Reuters) – Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown will warn Scots on Tuesday of a pensions “time bomb” in their ageing population as he joins a fight to dissuade them from voting to leave the United Kingdom.

Brown, a Scot, is making his first speech in support of the cross-party Better Together campaign, warning Scots of a possible deficit in pension funds if they opt out of the 307-year old union in a September 18 referendum.

Apr 21, 2014

CBI loses members as opposes Scottish independence

LONDON (Reuters) – Three of Scotland’s oldest universities have joined an exit from Britain’s leading business lobby group after it registered to campaign against Scottish independence, saying they wanted to stay neutral in the increasingly fractious debate.

Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen universities withdrew from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) on Monday after it recorded its aim with the Electoral Commission of campaigning for Scotland to stay in the United Kingdom ahead of a September 18 referendum.

Apr 21, 2014
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UK PM Cameron accused of fueling division by calling Britain a Christian country

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(Britain’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, at the enthronement ceremony for the new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, at Canterbury Cathedral March 21, 2013.REUTERS/Toby Melville)

A group of scientists, academics and prominent writers accused British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday of stoking sectarian divisions through his repeated description of Britain as a “Christian country”.

Apr 21, 2014

Former British PM Brown steps up bid to keep Scotland in UK

LONDON (Reuters) – Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is stepping up his efforts to stop Scotland leaving the United Kingdom as opinion polls show growing support for independence.

Brown, a Scot, will on Tuesday make his first speech in support of the cross-party Better Together campaign, warning Scots of a possible deficit in pension funds if they opt out of the 307-year old union in a September 18 referendum.

Apr 21, 2014

Gordon Brown steps up bid to keep Scotland in UK

LONDON (Reuters) – Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is stepping up his efforts to stop Scotland leaving the United Kingdom as opinion polls show growing support for independence.

Brown, a Scot, will on Tuesday make his first speech in support of the cross-party Better Together campaign, warning Scots of a possible deficit in pension funds if they opt out of the 307-year old union in a September 18 referendum.

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.

    • 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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