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Wales says Scottish independence battle will benefit UK

By Belinda Goldsmith CARDIFF (Reuters) - Scotland's fight for independence is unlikely to succeed but the battle will benefit the entire United Kingdom by leading to a rebalancing of powers, the leader of Wales, Carwyn Jones, said on Wednesday. Jones, first minister of the Welsh Assembly, opposes Scotland's bid to leave the United Kingdom, arguing it is risky and that the union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland that dates back 307 years is stronger together.

UK deputy PM to clash with anti-EU rival in public debates

Britain's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said Wednesday he and the head of the country's most anti-EU party had set dates for two eagerly awaited face-to-face debates ahead of the forthcoming European Parliament elections. Clegg, leader of the Europhile Liberal Democrats, will face Nigel Farage of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), which wants to pull Britain out of the European Union. They will square up on London-based LBC radio on March 26, and again on BBC television on April 2.

Scottish leader calls on all Britons to back independence

By Belinda Goldsmith LONDON (Reuters) - Scottish leader Alex Salmond called on all Britons on Tuesday to back his campaign for an independent Scotland to help create a northern economic counterweight to stop London from sucking the life out of the rest of the country. In his first speech in London this year, Salmond said life in the United Kingdom had become increasingly unbalanced with regional centers suffering as London dominated the economic landscape and rising numbers of people relying on food handouts.

Independent Scotland would act as 'Northern Light' to rest of UK

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond on Tuesday warned Britain's finance minister over his threat to exclude an independent Scotland from the sterling zone, saying that self-rule would help reduce inequality across the UK. The Scottish National Party leader called George Osborne's warning a "monumental error" at a lecture hosted by the New Statesman magazine in London. "In the last three weeks people in Scotland have seen an array of approaches from the UK government -- what they apparently call their Dambusters strategy," he said.

UK denies deciding against trade sanctions on Russia

Britain insisted on Tuesday that it was keeping an open mind on how to respond to Russian aggression against Ukraine, after the emergence of an apparently official document suggesting London opposed trade sanctions. Foreign Secretary William Hague said that "all options remain on the table on the diplomatic and economic side" but said Britain would not make any announcements until European Union leaders meet to discuss the crisis on Thursday.

Snapped document suggests UK caution over Russia sanctions

Britain opposes trade or financial sanctions on Russia over its intervention in Ukraine, media reports said on Tuesday, citing an apparently official document photographed as it was being carried into Downing Street. The document was snapped in the hand of a senior official walking into a meeting at Prime Minister David Cameron's office on Monday, according to the BBC and several newspapers. Apparently setting out Britain's options in the Ukranian crisis, it says "the UK should not support for now trade sanctions... or close London's financial centre to Russians".

UK says options remain 'open' on Russia after document leak

Foreign Secretary William Hague insisted Tuesday that Britain's options in dealing with Russia over the Ukrainian crisis remained open after an apparently official document suggesting London was opposed to trade sanctions was made public. The document was snapped in the hand of a senior official walking into a meeting at Prime Minister David Cameron's Downing Street office on Monday, and subsequently published by the BBC and several newspapers.

UK says options remain 'open' on Russia after document leak

Foreign Secretary William Hague insisted Tuesday that Britain's options in dealing with Russia over the Ukrainian crisis remained open after an apparently official document suggesting London was opposed to trade sanctions was made public. The document was snapped in the hand of a senior official walking into a meeting at Prime Minister David Cameron's Downing Street office on Monday, and subsequently published by the BBC and several newspapers.

Scottish leader to take independence fight to London

By Belinda Goldsmith LONDON (Reuters) - An independent Scotland would be a prosperous country that would retain close ties with the United Kingdom if voters choose to go it alone in the September 18 referendum, Scottish leader Alex Salmond will say on Tuesday. Salmond will use his first speech in London this year to address arguments against independence by British Prime Minister David Cameron, opposition leaders and some business executives.

Cameron advisor quits after child porn arrest

A senior aide to British Prime Minister David Cameron has resigned after being arrested on suspicion of child pornography offences, Downing Street confirmed Monday. Patrick Rock, 62, was arrested by officers from the National Crime Agency last month. "On the evening of February 12, Downing Street was first made aware of a potential offence relating to child abuse imagery," said a Downing Street spokesman. "It was immediately referred to the National Crime Agency.
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