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Battle over Scottish independence slightly tightens in new poll

LONDON (Reuters) - The battle over Scottish independence is tightening, with a new poll on Wednesday showing independence supporters gaining ground slightly as more Scots get involved in the debate. The latest poll by TNS showed 29 percent of Scots intended to vote "Yes" to independence in the September 18 referendum, up from 28 percent a month ago, while 41 percent planned to vote "No," down from 42 percent. The remaining 30 percent were undecided.

Battle over Scottish independence slightly tightens in new poll

LONDON (Reuters) - The battle over Scottish independence is tightening, with a new poll on Wednesday showing independence supporters gaining ground slightly as more Scots get involved in the debate. The latest poll by TNS showed 29 percent of Scots intended to vote "Yes" to independence in the September 18 referendum, up from 28 percent a month ago, while 41 percent planned to vote "No," down from 42 percent. The remaining 30 percent were undecided.

Scotland's leader woos Labour, women ahead of independence vote

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond set aside party politics in a major speech on Saturday as he appealed to Labour voters and women to back independence in the nation's upcoming referendum. Speaking at his Scottish National Party's final conference before the historic vote on September 18, Salmond said that all parties will be involved in negotiating the break with the United Kingdom in the event of a "yes" vote.

Scottish leader urges voters to put aside politics for independence

By Belinda Goldsmith ABERDEEN, Scotland (Reuters) - First Minister Alex Salmond on Saturday urged Scots to look beyond party politics and break the 307-year union with England when they vote in an independence referendum in September. Closing the Scottish National Party's (SNP) last conference before the ballot on September 18, Salmond said a vote for independence was not a vote for his party or for him, but a way to put Scotland's future in its own hands.

Referendum is about Scotland, not SNP: first minister

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond will seek to set aside party politics on Saturday as he appeals to Labour voters to back independence in the nation's forthcoming referendum, insisting the priority is the future of Scotland. Speaking at his Scottish National Party's final conference before the historic vote on September 18, Salmond will say that all parties will be involved in negotiating the break with the United Kingdom in the event of a "yes" vote.

Scotland's SNP hold final conference before independence vote

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond opened the Scottish National Party's spring conference on Friday, urging delegates to seize "the opportunity of a lifetime" in September's independence referendum. Speaking in Scotland's oil capital Aberdeen, the SNP leader told party members that they had the chance to achieve a "prosperous, just society" by voting "yes" in the ballot on September 18.

Scottish nationalists mark 160-day countdown to independence vote

By Belinda Goldsmith ABERDEEN, Scotland (Reuters) - Despite a drumbeat of warnings from businessmen, financiers and British government officials that an independent Scotland would be doomed to failure, Scottish nationalists go into their spring conference this weekend with banners flying and polls showing support for their dream is gathering pace.

Independent Scotland will face dearer energy: UK govt

Scotland's households and businesses would face higher energy bills if Scots vote in favour of independence from the rest of Britain, the British government warned Wednesday. With six months to go until the landmark vote on September 18 that could force an end to Scotland's 300-year union with England, the coalition government of Prime Minister David Cameron published a paper warning of a hike in energy charges.

U.S. will not stand in way of Scottish independence: Salmond

By Alistair Bell NEW YORK (Reuters) - The leader of Scotland's separatist movement predicted on Friday that the United States would not try to stand in the way of the breakup of Britain, Washington's staunchest ally for decades, if Scots vote for independence at a referendum this year.

Scottish currency could cost local firms 1 billion pounds: study

By Stephen Eisenhammer LONDON (Reuters) - Independence could burden Scottish companies with more than 1 billion pounds ($1.66 billion) of extra costs, a report commissioned by local engineering firm Weir Group said on Thursday, adding fuel to the business case against a split.
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