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Feb 17, 2014

Scottish separatist leader scolds ‘arrogant’ UK

LONDON (Reuters) – Separatist leader Alex Salmond insisted on Monday that Scotland would keep the pound if it left the UK and accused British politicians of bluffing by ruling out a currency union in a campaign of fear that would provoke a backlash from Scots.

Salmond is fighting a concerted attempt by London to prevent a “yes” verdict in a September 18 referendum on independence by undermining his central economic case that oil-rich Scotland could be a prosperous, independent nation.

Feb 17, 2014

“12 Years a Slave” wins top British film awards as “Gravity” soars

LONDON (Reuters) – The harrowing drama “12 Years a Slave” won the Best Film award at Britain’s top movie honours on Sunday, cementing its status as favourite for the Oscars next month, but it was the space thriller “Gravity” that claimed the biggest trophy haul.

“12 Years a Slave”, by British director Steve McQueen with Hollywood’s Brad Pitt as a producer, had been tipped as the night’s major winner and also won Best Actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor as a man tricked and sold into slavery in the pre-Civil War United States.

Feb 16, 2014

“Gravity” crowned outstanding British film at top UK film awards

LONDON, Feb 16 (Reuters) – The space thriller “Gravity” was
crowned the outstanding British film at the UK’s top film
honours on Sunday, with the harrowing drama “12 Years a Slave”
tipped to emerge as the night’s major winner.

Hollywood stars including Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, both
in tuxedos, descended on London for the British Academy Film
Awards (BAFTAs), which come two weeks before the Academy Awards
and are widely seen as indicators of Oscar success.

Feb 16, 2014

’12 Years a Slave’ tipped for success at BAFTAs

LONDON (Reuters) – Hollywood stars descended on London on Sunday for the UK’s top film awards with local director Steve McQueen tipped to win the best film prize for his harrowing drama “12 Years a Slave”.

The British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs), handed out two weeks before the Academy Awards, are widely seen as indicators of Oscar success – the winning film at London has taken the top prize in Hollywood for the past two years.

Feb 16, 2014

“12 Years a Slave” tipped for success at British film awards

LONDON, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Hollywood stars descended on
London on Sunday for the UK’s top film awards with local
director Steve McQueen tipped to win the best film prize for his
harrowing drama “12 Years a Slave”.

The British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs), handed out two
weeks before the Academy Awards, are widely seen as indicators
of Oscar success – the winning film at London has taken the top
prize in Hollywood for the past two years.

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.

    • 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."
      Hometown:
      London
      Joined Reuters:
      1994
      Languages:
      Swedish, Spanish, French
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