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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.

Sep 13, 2014

Rupert Murdoch says Scotland is alive with debate ahead of independence vote

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch visited Scotland on Saturday, praising the country of 5 million people for being alive with debate ahead of a independence vote that could break apart the United Kingdom.

Murdoch, whose global media interests stretch from movies to newspapers that claim to turn elections, gave no hint of whether his Scottish Sun newspaper, the country’s most popular newspaper, would openly back unionists or secessionists before next Thursday’s vote.

Sep 13, 2014

Scottish independence battle draws ‘day of reckoning’ warning to business

EDINBURGH, Sept 13 (Reuters) – The campaign battle over
Scottish independence took a bitter turn on Saturday when a
senior nationalist warned businesses such as BP that they
could face punishment for voicing concern over the impact of
secession.

With the fate of the United Kingdom on a knife edge, the
economic future of Scotland has become one the most fiercely
debated issues less than six days before Scots decide on whether
to break away.

Sep 13, 2014

Polls put Scottish unionists a nose ahead as vote approaches

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Supporters of keeping Scotland in the United Kingdom have clawed back a tiny lead over separatists less than a week before Scots vote in an independence referendum that is balanced on a knife edge, opinion surveys showed on Friday.

A YouGov survey for The Times put Scottish unionists on 52 percent with separatists on 48 percent while a Guardian/ICM poll put unionists on 51 percent and separatists on 49 percent, excluding those who said they did not know how they would vote.

Sep 12, 2014

Support for Scots’ independence slips behind with days to go -poll

EDINBURGH, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Supporters of keeping
Scotland in the United Kingdom have clawed back a 4 percentage
point lead over separatists, a YouGov poll showed on Friday,
with less than a week to go before Scots vote in a referendum on
independence.

The YouGov survey for The Times and Sun newspapers put
Scottish support for the union at 52 percent versus support for
independence at 48 percent, excluding those who said they did
not know how they would vote.