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Mar 14, 2014

Cameron urges Scots to heed business warnings on independence

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron urged Scots on Friday to heed warnings from the head of the Bank of England and business leaders about the uncertain consequences of voting for independence in a referendum in six months’ time.

Cameron told the Scottish Conservative Party conference in Edinburgh that the government faced a “monumental battle” to keep Scotland as part of Britain at the September 18 referendum.

Mar 14, 2014

Tony Benn, veteran voice of the British left, dies aged 88

LONDON (Reuters) – Veteran British Labour politician Tony Benn, who was born into the aristocracy but became a champion of the left, has died aged 88, his family said on Friday.

Benn was a member of parliament for 50 years and a cabinet minister for 11 years. A divisive figure at the peak of his career, in later years he became a public favourite as a straight talker, usually seen with his trademark pipe.

Mar 13, 2014

Battle resumes over Richard III’s final resting place

LONDON (Reuters) – More than five centuries after he went down fighting, England’s medieval monarch Richard III is in the middle of another pitched battle – this time over where his newly discovered remains should be re-buried.

The Plantagenet Alliance, made up of Richard’s distant descendants, has asked England’s High Court to rule on plans to re-bury their ancestor’s remains in Leicester, the city where they were found two years ago under a municipal car park.

Mar 11, 2014

Powerful rail union leader Bob Crow dies at 52

LONDON, March 11 (Reuters) – One of Britain’s most powerful
union leaders, Bob Crow, died suddenly on Tuesday, prompting a
flow of tributes from even his ideological enemies with whom he
fought bitterly during a series of crippling strikes on London’s
underground rail network.

The Rail Maritime and Transport workers’ union (RMT) said
Crow, 52, its blunt-talking general secretary, died in the
early hours of Tuesday. A spokesman would not confirm reports
that he died in hospital after suffering a heart attack.

Mar 11, 2014

RBS might have to leave an independent Scotland-BoE’s Carney

LONDON, March 11 (Reuters) – The Royal Bank of Scotland
and other Scottish-based financial firms might have to
move their headquarters to England if Scotland becomes
independent and joins the European Union, Bank of England
Governor Mark Carney said on Tuesday.

Carney said if Scotland chose to break away from the rest of
the United Kingdom at a Sept. 18 referendum, EU law stipulated
it would need to guarantee deposits in England and Scotland
where many have their largest customer bases.

Mar 11, 2014

Insight – Scotland’s Salmond talks independence, but plays politics

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Scotland’s nationalist leader Alex Salmond has more than independence on his mind. The combative politician has come to embody self-rule, always sporting a lapel pin or tie with Scotland’s white-and-blue crossed Saltire flag. Cartoonists depict him in tartan, his face painted with the flag.

But with polls showing that Scots remain doubtful about separation from the rest of the United Kingdom in a September 18 referendum, people who know Salmond well say he has positioned himself to come out ahead no matter what happens in the vote.

Mar 11, 2014

Scotland’s Salmond talks independence, but plays politics

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Scotland’s nationalist leader Alex Salmond has more than independence on his mind. The combative politician has come to embody self-rule, always sporting a lapel pin or tie with Scotland’s white-and-blue crossed Saltire flag. Cartoonists depict him in tartan, his face painted with the flag.

But with polls showing that Scots remain doubtful about separation from the rest of the United Kingdom in a September 18 referendum, people who know Salmond well say he has positioned himself to come out ahead no matter what happens in the vote.

Mar 10, 2014

Ex-British PM Brown favors more powers for Scotland, not independence

LONDON (Reuters) – Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown emerged from the shadows on Monday to argue for more powers for Scotland rather than independence, stepping up the opposition Labour party’s fight to prevent a Scottish breakaway from the United Kingdom.

Brown, a Scot who has kept a low profile since losing the 2010 general election, said he intended to play a major role to stop Britain coming apart at the September 18 Scottish referendum by giving voters an alternative to independence.

Mar 10, 2014

Connery, Bowie take sides on Scottish independence, Murray keeps mum

LONDON (Reuters) – Celebrities plunging into the debate on Scottish independence risk attracting public wrath from opposing sides in the run-up to the September 18 referendum. Some, like tennis star Andy Murray, have opted to keep quiet.

James Bond actor Sir Sean Connery, a long-time Scottish nationalist, advocates breaking the 307-year tie with England, supporting separatists’ arguments that oil-rich Scotland can be a prosperous, independent nation.

Mar 5, 2014

Wales says Scottish independence battle will benefit UK

CARDIFF (Reuters) – Scotland’s fight for independence is unlikely to succeed but the battle will benefit the entire United Kingdom by leading to a rebalancing of powers, the leader of Wales, Carwyn Jones, said on Wednesday.

Jones, first minister of the Welsh Assembly, opposes Scotland’s bid to leave the United Kingdom, arguing it is risky and that the union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland that dates back 307 years is stronger together.

    • 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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