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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.

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.

Scottish independence is 'too good to miss' says actor Sean Connery

LONDON (Reuters) - Former James Bond actor Sean Connery has said an independent Scotland is an opportunity "too good to miss" and ending the union with England would help boost artistic creation north of their common border. The Scottish-born star, 83, spoke out six months before a referendum that could split the United Kingdom. A long-term supporter of separation, the Bahamas resident has said he could return to his native land if it became independent.

Standard Life says may leave an independent Scotland

Financial services group Standard Life warned on Thursday that it may move some of its operations out of Scotland if it votes for independence in a referendum in September. The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) said separately that there would likely be a "significant impact" if Scotland chose to end its 300-year-old union with England. A key issue in the debate is the currency of an independent Scotland, with Edinburgh saying it would keep the pound sterling but London saying that would not be possible.

Britain's opposition Labour party to pledge EU referendum: report

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's opposition Labour party is preparing to change its policy on the European Union by pledging to hold a referendum on the country's membership of the bloc at some point if elected in 2015, the Times newspaper reported on Wednesday. Citing an unnamed source close to the Labour party, it said Labour leader Ed Miliband would seek to reform Britain's EU ties and back holding a membership referendum, but not by 2017 as Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged.

Scottish leader says opinion polls show independence race tightening

LONDON (Reuters) - Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond said on Monday that latest opinion polls showed the race for independence was tightening as he pledged that oil and gas policy in the North Sea would be more stable under an independent Scotland. Speaking on the day the UK government is due to unveil a North Sea strategy as it tries to persuade Scotland to remain in the UK, Salmond said there had been 16 tax changes in the North Sea in 10 years and 14 oil ministers in 17 years.

Polls show Scots becoming more skeptical about independence

LONDON (Reuters) - Scots are becoming more skeptical about the idea of Scotland becoming independent of the United Kingdom, two polls showed on Sunday, delivering a setback to nationalists who want the small country to call off its 307-year-old union with England. The polls were published on the eve of the first full cabinet meeting to be held in Scotland by Prime Minister David Cameron's government, a move meant to demonstrate his commitment to keeping the oil-rich nation in the UK.

Osborne stresses no pound for independent Scotland

British finance minister George Osborne reiterated Friday that it will not be possible for Scotland to keep using the pound if it votes to become independent. Scotland will in September hold a referendum on its future that could result in the breaking up of the 300-year union with the United Kingdom. Osborne called it "a huge event" and said he "passionately" wants Scotland to remain part of the UK, while repeating a warning from earlier this month of the consequences were it to leave.

Support for Scottish independence rises after London warns on pound

By Belinda Goldsmith LONDON (Reuters) - The first opinion poll since Britain's rulers warned Scots they would lose the pound if they voted to leave the United Kingdom showed a slight increase in support for independence ahead of a referendum on the issue scheduled for September 18. Politicians in London have tried to undermine the case for independence by cautioning that breaking the 307-year-old union with England would make Scots poorer.

Support for Scottish independence rises after London warns on pound

By Belinda Goldsmith LONDON (Reuters) - The first opinion poll since Britain's rulers warned Scots they would lose the pound if they voted to leave the United Kingdom showed a slight increase in support for independence ahead of a referendum on the issue scheduled for September 18. Politicians in London have tried to undermine the case for independence by cautioning that breaking the 307-year-old union with England would make Scots poorer.
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