Politics

UK's fate in the balance as poll shows record support for Scottish independence

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EDINBURGH/LONDON - A poll showing support for Scottish independence at its highest ever level threw the fate of the United Kingdom into question on Tuesday, just two weeks before Scots vote on whether to secede.

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Britain unveils powers to strip suspected Islamist fighters of passports 01 Sep 2014

LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday announced plans to strip suspected Islamist militants of their passports temporarily, to combat the threat posed by radicalised Britons returning from Syria and Iraq.

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Poll shows Britain's UKIP to win parliamentary seat after lawmaker defection 31 Aug 2014

LONDON - Britain's anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) will win its first directly elected parliamentary seat after the defection of a lawmaker from Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative party last week, an opinion poll on Sunday showed.

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Cameron says he's 'nervous' over Scottish independence vote 31 Aug 2014

LONDON - British Prime Minister David Cameron said he was nervous but confident Scots would vote against leaving the United Kingdom when they vote in a referendum on independence next month.

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Cameron says he's 'nervous' over Scottish independence vote 30 Aug 2014

LONDON - British Prime Minister David Cameron said he was nervous but confident Scots would vote against leaving the United Kingdom when they vote in a referendum on independence next month.

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Britain raises its terrorism threat level over Syria, Iraq 29 Aug 2014

LONDON - Britain raised its terrorism alert on Friday to the second-highest level with Prime Minister David Cameron saying the Islamic State (IS) group operating in Syria and Iraq posed the country's greatest ever security risk. | Video

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Scotland's pro-independence campaign gains on final TV debate - poll 29 Aug 2014

LONDON - Support for Scottish independence has risen by 4 percent after the final TV debate before a breakaway referendum in less than three weeks' time, one opinion poll showed on Friday, halving the anti-independence campaign's lead.

Cameron warns of economic threat from Scottish breakaway 28 Aug 2014

GLASGOW Scotland - British Prime Minister David Cameron told Scots on Thursday that much of their industry and more than one million jobs could be put in jeopardy if they vote next month to leave the United Kingdom.

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Cameron suffers blow as MP defects to UKIP 28 Aug 2014

LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron suffered a setback on Thursday when one of his Conservative lawmakers unexpectedly defected to the anti-EU UK Independence Party, saying he doubted Cameron's desire to reform the European Union.

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Business leaders urge Scots to vote against independence 27 Aug 2014

LONDON - More than 130 business leaders came out against Scottish independence on Wednesday, highlighting the economic risks of secession days after the campaign to end the union was boosted by a strong performance in a TV debate.

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UK’s strong GDP has a soft centre

The headline - 0.8 percent second-quarter growth - sounds good. But construction shrank and industrial production was weak. Only services were strong. It sounds like a warning of future problems. Expectations of a UK interest rate rise may be delayed, leading the pound down.