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Sep 19, 2014

Scots spurn independence in historic vote, nationalist leader resigns

EDINBURGH, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Scotland spurned independence
in a historic referendum that threatened to rip the United
Kingdom apart, sow financial turmoil and diminish Britain’s
remaining global clout.

A vote for the 307-year union is a relief for millions of
Britons including Prime Minister David Cameron, whose job was on
the line, as well as allies across the world who were horrified
at the prospect of the United Kingdom’s separation.

Sep 19, 2014

Scots spurn independence in historic vote but demand new powers

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Scotland spurned independence in a historic referendum that threatened to rip the United Kingdom apart, sow financial turmoil and diminish Britain’s remaining global clout.

A vote for the 307-year union is a relief for millions of Britons including Prime Minister David Cameron, whose job was on the line, as well as allies across the world who were horrified at the prospect of the United Kingdom’s separation.

Sep 18, 2014

Scots independence polls close, UK’s future in the balance

EDINBURGH, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Scotland has voted on whether
to stay within the United Kingdom or break the 307-year-old
union in a finely balanced independence referendum with global
consequences.

Its verdict should be clear around breakfast time on Friday.

Polling booths closed at 2100 GMT from remote highlands and
islands to the tough city estates of Glasgow with surveys
suggesting Scots were almost equally divided in a vote watched
closely by Britain’s allies, investors and restive regions at
home and abroad.

Sep 18, 2014

Scots vote in independence referendum to seal the United Kingdom’s fate

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Scots began voting in an independence referendum on Thursday that will decide the fate of the United Kingdom, after opinion polls showed hundreds of thousands of them were still agonizing over whether to stay with the 307-year union or back secession.

In the final hours before polling stations opened, leaders of both sides urged Scots to seize the reins of history in a vote that has divided families, friends and lovers but also electrified this country of 5.3 million.

Sep 18, 2014

Divided, Scots prepare to vote on fate of the UK

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Just hours before Scotland’s independence referendum, the fate of the United Kingdom rests on hundreds of thousands of wavering Scottish voters, as opinion polls showed supporters of the 307-year union just a whisker ahead of secessionists.

In an intense final day of campaigning on Wednesday, leaders of both sides beseeched Scots to seize the reins of history in a vote that has divided families, friends and lovers but also electrified this country of 5.3 million.

Sep 17, 2014

Divided, Scots prepare to vote on fate of the United Kingdom

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Just hours before Scotland’s independence referendum, the fate of the United Kingdom rests on hundreds of thousands of wavering Scottish voters, as opinion polls showed supporters of the 307-year union just a whisker ahead of secessionists.

In an intense final day of campaigning on Wednesday, leaders of both sides beseeched Scots to seize the reins of history in a vote that has divided families, friends and lovers but also electrified this country of 5.3 million.

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.