LONDON - Celebrities plunging into the debate on Scottish independence risk attracting public wrath from opposing sides in the run-up to the September 18 referendum. Some, like tennis star Andy Murray, have opted to keep quiet.
LONDON - Potential support for anti-European Union party UKIP far exceeds that suggested by opinion polls, with almost a third of voters holding views in line with its supporters, according to a study to be published this week.
LONDON - The British government named outsourcer Capita as the preferred bidder for a 10-year, 400 million pound ($669 million) contract to manage its military estate on Monday, gaining an edge over rival Serco.
LONDON - Britain is investigating a wave of mystery winter car breakdowns possibly linked to biodiesel or imports of diesel from Russia that clogged up filters and could now lead to supply disruptions and ultimately higher motor fuel prices.
DARLINGTON, England - The Bank of England could keep interest rates lower for longer if sterling strengthens much more, the Bank deputy governor Charlie Bean said on Monday, in a rare comment by the central bank on the level of the pound.
LONDON - A Scottish nationalist leader accused Britain on Sunday of disrespecting the Scottish parliament over its handling of a problem with a Scotland-based nuclear reactor, stoking tension between London and Edinburgh before an independence referendum.
(This corrected version of the story fixes first paragraph in Sunday story to indicate questioning is this week, not next week, on Tuesday)
LONDON - Britain's Co-operative Group is set to pay up to 3.66 million pounds in pay and benefits to its chief executive this year and hike the salaries of other senior executives, the Observer newspaper reported on Sunday.
LONDON - Travelex, the retail foreign exchange provider majority-owned by private equity firm Apax Partners, reported a 21 percent increase in profits on Monday and said it was considering a stock market flotation.
LONDON - A U.S. biotech company pioneering tablets containing edible embedded microchips that can tell if patients have taken their medication is to establish its first international manufacturing site in Britain.
The Scottish government wants to be part of a sterling zone if the people vote for independence, as alternatives to the pound aren’t attractive. But it’s hard to see the rest of the UK agreeing to such a deal – except on terms that would affront Scotland’s amour propre.