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United Kingdom
Friday, September 19th 2014 - 05:42 UTC

BBC predicts 54% to 46% win for the NO vote against independence

Glasgow, Scotland's largest council area and the third largest city in Britain, voted in favor of independence by 194,779 to 169,347

Scotland will vote to stay in the United Kingdom after rejecting independence, the BBC has predicted. With 26 out of the country's 32 council areas having declared after Thursday's vote, the “No” side has a 54% of the vote, with the “Yes” campaign on 46%.

Thursday, September 18th 2014 - 03:08 UTC

The Scottish referendum

The British pound would start to fall against other currencies, not because Scottish independence, but because the markets hate uncertainly.

By Gwynne Dyer - If the Scots vote “yes” to independence on Sept. 18, as one opinion poll now suggests they will, three things are likely to happen in the following week.

Wednesday, September 17th 2014 - 05:34 UTC

Britain's political leaders promise funds and change, ahead of Scotland's vote

“People want to see change” was published in Scotland's Daily Record signed by PM Cameron, Labor leader Miliband and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg.

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.

Tuesday, September 16th 2014 - 05:57 UTC

VisitBritain: UK to refund cost of visa for Chinese tourists in organized groups

“The more Chinese tourists the merrier,” chancellor Osborne said.

British Chancellor George Osborne has announced plans to refund the cost of up to 25,000 visas for Chinese tourists in an attempt to attract more visits to the UK. It was one of a series of measures announced at an economic summit in London, attended by Chinese vice premier Ma Kai.

Tuesday, September 16th 2014 - 05:04 UTC

White House says it prefers the UK to remain “strong, robust and united”

A variety of experts say Washington would rather avoid the disruption to NATO defenses that forming a separate Scottish military would bring.

The White House weighed in carefully on the Scottish independence referendum, saying Washington would respect the outcome of the vote but would prefer the United Kingdom to remain “strong, robust and united.”

Tuesday, September 16th 2014 - 03:03 UTC

Leading Scottish business group calls for unity the day after the referendum

“On Friday, we must all come together to drive Scotland forward, either as an independent nation or as part of the United Kingdom”, said CEO Liz Cameron

A leading Scottish business group has called for the country to unite “to drive Scotland forward”, whatever the result of the independence referendum. The Scottish Chambers of Commerce said the outcome would leave “a substantial number” of people disappointed.

Monday, September 15th 2014 - 04:12 UTC

“I hope people will think very carefully about the future”, QE II tells Scotland

“This is totally impartial and reinforces the point that this is a matter for the people of Scotland,” a source at Buckingham Palace said.

Queen Elizabeth II has broken her silence over the Scottish independence vote, saying she hopes Scots will “think very carefully” about the future when voting in a referendum that could break up the United Kingdom.

Monday, September 15th 2014 - 04:00 UTC

PM Cameron promises to hunt down IS murderers of British hostage

“We will do everything in our power to hunt down these murderers and ensure they face justice, however long it takes.”

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron chaired a meeting of the government's emergency response committee on Sunday under growing pressure to sanction air strikes after an Islamic State video showed the beheading of a British hostage.

Friday, September 12th 2014 - 06:46 UTC

Falklands Islands' minefield priority areas are named as bidders visit

Foreign Office Advisor for minefield issues Alistair Craib confirmed this week the priority minefields to be cleared beginning November

Four minefield clusters have been pinpointed as priority areas for the next clearance phase in the Falkland Islands. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Advisor for minefield issues Alistair Craib confirmed this week that Priority 1 is Minefield 59 on either sides of the MPA Road near Wall Mountain and Mount Harriet.

Thursday, September 11th 2014 - 16:29 UTC

UK political leaders from all parties off to campaign in Scotland as YES vote advances

“I would be heartbroken if this family of nations that we've put together...if this family of nations was torn apart” pleaded PM Cameron (Pic Getty)

The leaders of the main UK parties have made a plea for a vote against Scottish independence, as they campaigned north of the border ahead of the referendum. Prime Minister David Cameron said he would be “heartbroken” in the event of a “Yes” vote, while Labor leader Ed Miliband said the case for the Union came from the “head, heart and soul”.


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