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Sep 2, 2014

UK’s fate in the balance as poll shows record support for Scottish independence

EDINBURGH/LONDON (Reuters) – A poll showing support for Scottish independence at its highest ever level threw the fate of the United Kingdom into question on Tuesday, just two weeks before Scots vote on whether to secede.

The poll by YouGov showed the unionist lead had shrunk to 6 percentage points from 22 a month ago as support for independence jumped to 47 percent in August, suggesting a major shift in opinion ahead of the September 18 referendum.

Aug 14, 2014

Putin’s Ukraine gamble hastens exodus of Russian money and talent

LONDON, Aug 14 (Reuters) – The Kremlin’s worst clash with
the West since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union has
accelerated the outflow of two of Russia’s most prized assets:
money and brains.

Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea and support for rebels
accused of shooting down a passenger plane over Ukraine then
hindering the recovery of the 298 bodies have shredded Western
hopes of a lasting alliance with Moscow.

Jul 15, 2014

UK’s Cameron turns to women and anti-EUers in major ministerial shake-up

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday pushed through his biggest government shake-up since coming to power in 2010, promoting women and Eurosceptics to senior roles ahead of a national election in May next year.

In one surprise development, William Hague, Britain’s most senior diplomat for the past four years, voluntarily stood down allowing Cameron to appoint Philip Hammond, the defense minister and a prominent Eurosceptic, to the influential post.

Jul 7, 2014

Child sex abuse conspiracy claims rattle Britain’s political elite

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain pledged on Monday to investigate claims that politicians may have sexually abused children in the 1980s in a conspiracy by members of the establishment who used their power to cover up the crimes.

The allegations have jarred the current political elite just as Britain is grappling with revelations that some national celebrities had sexually abused children for decades.

Jul 7, 2014

Child sex abuse conspiracy claims rattle political elite

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain pledged on Monday to investigate claims that politicians may have sexually abused children in the 1980s in a conspiracy by members of the establishment who used their power to cover up the crimes.

The allegations have jarred the current political elite just as Britain is grappling with revelations that some national celebrities had sexually abused children for decades.

Jul 1, 2014

After EU defeat, Cameron says ‘can do business’ with Juncker

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain can do business with Jean-Claude Juncker, Prime Minister David Cameron declared on Monday after failing to prevent EU leaders giving the Luxembourger the bloc’s most powerful job in a defeat that could push Britain closer to leaving the EU.

Cameron’s loss of an unprecedented summit vote he forced over the next European Commission president sharpened concern that the world’s sixth largest economy may be sliding towards the exit. Only Hungary sided with Britain in the 26-2 vote.

Jun 30, 2014

After EU defeat, Britain’s Cameron ‘can do business’ with Juncker

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain can do business with Jean-Claude Juncker, Prime Minister David Cameron declared on Monday after failing to prevent EU leaders giving the Luxembourger the bloc’s most powerful job in a defeat that could drive Britain closer to leaving the EU.

Cameron’s loss of an unprecedented summit vote he forced over the next European Commission president sharpened concern that the world’s sixth largest economy may be sliding towards the exit. Only Hungary sided with Britain in the 26-2 vote.

Jun 26, 2014

British spymaster John Sawers, head of MI6, to step down

LONDON, June 26 (Reuters) – Britain’s foreign spymaster, who
at times quoted Machiavelli and fought off demands to ease
secrecy around his MI6 intelligence agency, will step down in
November after five years, the Foreign Office said on Thursday.

John Sawers, an ex-career diplomat, became the first
outsider to head the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) in 41
years when he took over in November 2009 under then-prime
minister Gordon Brown.

Jun 25, 2014

Cameron’s battle over Juncker has sapped UK’s EU influence -coalition minister

LONDON (Reuters) – The way British Prime Minister David Cameron has fought Jean-Claude Juncker’s candidacy for the European Commission president has undermined Britain’s position in Europe, a minister in his own coalition government said on Wednesday.

An opinion poll, however, suggested that the British public is generally supportive of Cameron’s stance.

May 25, 2014

UKIP poised for victory in Europe vote

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s anti-EU UKIP party has chalked up strong gains in elections to the European Parliament, polling more strongly than Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative party and opposition Labour party in early results on Sunday.

With 15 out of 73 seats declared, the UK Independence Party, which wants Britain to leave the European Union, had won six seats, the Conservatives five seats and Labour four.