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Mar 4, 2014

Scottish leader calls on all Britons to back independence

LONDON (Reuters) – Scottish leader Alex Salmond called on all Britons on Tuesday to back his campaign for an independent Scotland to help create a northern economic counterweight to stop London from sucking the life out of the rest of the country.

In his first speech in London this year, Salmond said life in the United Kingdom had become increasingly unbalanced with regional centers suffering as London dominated the economic landscape and rising numbers of people relying on food handouts.

Mar 4, 2014

Scottish leader to take independence fight to London

LONDON (Reuters) – An independent Scotland would be a prosperous country that would retain close ties with the United Kingdom if voters choose to go it alone in the September 18 referendum, Scottish leader Alex Salmond will say on Tuesday.

Salmond will use his first speech in London this year to address arguments against independence by British Prime Minister David Cameron, opposition leaders and some business executives.

Mar 1, 2014

Britain says ‘no excuse’ for military intervention in Ukraine

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain urged Russia on Saturday to calm the situation in Ukraine after Russian President Vladimir Putin secured his parliament’s authority to invade his neighbor’s territory.

“There can be no excuse for outside military intervention in Ukraine – a point I made to President Putin when we spoke yesterday,” Prime Minister David Cameron said.

Mar 1, 2014

British ex-Guantanamo inmate denies Syria-related terror charges

LONDON (Reuters) – A British man once held at Guantanamo Bay turned human rights campaigner told a court in London on Saturday he would plead not guilty to providing training and funding terrorism in Syria, police said.

Moazzam Begg, 45, who was released without charge from the U.S. military prison in Cuba in 2005, was detained at his home in Birmingham in central England last week and charged with terrorism offences dated between October 2012 and April 2013.

Feb 28, 2014

British Airways parent flies positive flag for Scottish independence

LONDON, Feb 28 (Reuters) – The head of the International
Airlines Group, that owns British Airways, said on
Friday that Scottish independence could be good for business,
providing a boost to the campaign that wants Scotland to split
from the United Kingdom.

After a flurry of companies this week raised potential risks
from independence, IAG Chief Executive Willie Walsh said he was
not worried about British Airway’s prospects if Scotland voted
on Sept. 18 to end a 307-year tie with England.

Feb 27, 2014

Britain opens inquiry into letters to IRA suspects

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron announced on Thursday an independent inquiry into letters sent to IRA suspects, after an angry response to the freeing of an Irishman accused of a 1982 bombing that killed four soldiers in London.

Cameron said it was clear that there had been a “dreadful mistake” in the case of John Downey, who walked free from a London court this month because of a letter which mistakenly told him he was longer being sought for prosecution.

Feb 27, 2014

Britain launches inquiry into IRA immunity letters

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron announced on Thursday an independent inquiry into letters of immunity sent to IRA suspects after an angry response to the freeing of an Irishman accused of a 1982 bombing that killed four soldiers in London.

Cameron said an independent judge with full access to government files and officials would lead the review and report back by the end of May.

Feb 27, 2014

Standard Life and RBS warn over risks of independent Scotland

LONDON (Reuters) – Insurance and pensions heavyweight Standard Life (SL.L: Quote, Profile, Research) became the first major company to warn it could move partly out of Scotland if Scots split from the United Kingdom, fuelling a political row over the financial impact of independence.

The company, which has been based in Scotland for 189 years, revealed on Thursday that it had a contingency plan to partly move from Scotland, potentially putting 5,000 jobs at risk.

Feb 27, 2014

Standard Life warns it could quit independent Scotland

LONDON (Reuters) – Insurance and pensions heavyweight Standard Life became the first major company to warn it could move parts of its business out of Scotland if Scots split from the United Kingdom, dealing a blow to the independence movement.

The company, which has been based in Scotland for 189 years, announced on Thursday that it had a contingency plan to partly move from Scotland, potentially putting 5,000 jobs at risk.

Feb 26, 2014

Business leaders cast doubt on Scotland using the pound informally

LONDON, Feb 26 (Reuters) – An independent Scotland’s use of
the British pound without the permission of the rest of the UK
could endanger the stability of the nation’s financial sector,
Scotland’s financial services industry head warned on Wednesday.

Owen Kelly, chief executive of the Scottish Financial
Enterprise, said adopting sterling informally would mean losing
the services of the Bank of England as a backstop and having to
shoulder the cost of setting up a new Scottish regulator.

    • 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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      1994
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