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Sep 17, 2014

Scots’ support for independence lags on eve of referendum

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – On the eve of Scotland’s historic referendum, opinion polls on Wednesday showed support for staying within the United Kingdom marginally stronger than backing for independence, but tens of thousands of undecided citizens agonized over which way to vote.

Leaders and supporters of both sides took to the streets for a final day of campaigning in a country gripped by excitement and hope, balanced by a good measure of dread and concern.

Sep 17, 2014

Scottish opponents of independence slightly ahead: polls

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Scottish supporters of staying in the United Kingdom are 4 percentage points ahead of secessionists with just a day to go before Scots vote in an independence referendum, three different opinion polls showed.

The United Kingdom’s fate remains uncertain as the three surveys – from pollsters ICM, Opinium and Survation – showed support for Scottish independence at 48 percent compared to 52 percent backing union.

Sep 16, 2014

Polls show Scottish opponents of independence with slight lead ahead of vote

EDINBURGH, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Scottish supporters of
staying in the United Kingdom are 4 percentage points ahead of
secessionists with just a day to go before Scots vote in an
independence referendum, three different opinion polls showed.

The United Kingdom’s fate remains uncertain as the three
surveys – from pollsters ICM, Opinium and Survation – showed
support for Scottish independence at 48 percent compared to 52
percent backing union.

Sep 16, 2014

Ahead of independence vote, Britain pledges state funding to Scotland

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Britain promised to guarantee Scotland high levels of state funding, granting Scots greater control over healthcare spending in a last-ditch attempt to shore up support for the United Kingdom before Thursday’s vote on independence.

With polls showing the decision on the fate of the United Kingdom is too close to call, welfare spending and the future of the revered National Health System have formed a central part of nationalist Alex Salmond’s case for secession.

Sep 16, 2014

On last visit before vote, Cameron appeals to Scots to keep Britain intact

ABERDEEN/LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron used his last visit to Scotland before a historic independence referendum this week to implore Scots to remain part of the United Kingdom, warning on Monday that a breakaway vote would be irreversible.

With opinion polls suggesting the referendum remains too close to call, Cameron, the leader of the ruling Conservative party, which draws most of its support from England, pleaded with voters not to use the referendum as a protest vote.

Sep 15, 2014

PM Cameron to appeal to keep Britain intact on last Scotland visit before vote

ABERDEEN/LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to appeal to Scots’ emotions on his last visit to Scotland before this week’s historic referendum by warning them on Monday that a vote to leave the United Kingdom would be irreversible.

With opinion polls suggesting the referendum remains too close to call, Cameron, the leader of the ruling Conservative party, which draws most of its support from England, will plead with voters not to use the referendum as a protest vote.

Sep 14, 2014

British queen urges Scots to ‘think carefully’ on independence vote

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Queen Elizabeth II has broken her silence over the Scottish independence vote, telling a member of the public on Sunday that she hoped Scots would think very carefully about the future when voting in a referendum that could break up the United Kingdom.

The monarch, coming out of a morning service at a church in Crathie near her Balmoral estate in Scotland, responded to a remark from a well-wisher that they would not mention the referendum.

Sep 14, 2014

Britain’s Cameron to chair emergency meeting after hostage killed

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron is to chair a meeting of the government’s emergency response committee on Sunday to discuss an Islamic State (IS) video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines.

IS militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released the video on Saturday. Reuters could not immediately verify the footage, but the images were consistent with those of the filmed executions of two American journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff, in the past month.

Sep 14, 2014

Cameron to chair emergency meeting after hostage killed

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron is to chair a meeting of the government’s emergency response committee on Sunday to discuss an Islamic State (IS) video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines.

IS militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released the video on Saturday. Reuters could not immediately verify the footage, but the images were consistent with those of the filmed executions of two American journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff, in the past month.

Sep 13, 2014

Fate of United Kingdom hangs in balance after new Scotland polls

EDINBURGH, Sept 13 (Reuters) – The fate of the United
Kingdom remained unclear five days before a historic referendum
on Scottish independence as three new polls on Saturday showed a
slight lead for supporters of the union, but one saying the
separatist campaign was pulling ahead.

On the final weekend of campaigning, tens of thousands of
supporters of both sides took to the streets of the capital
Edinburgh and Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow. Rival leaders
worked across the country to convince undecided voters.