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May meets Sturgeon after blocking new independence bid


EAST KILBRIDE, Scotland Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday held her first meeting with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon since blocking Scotland's bid for a second independence referendum - talks Sturgeon described as "cordial and businesslike."


Britain to fire starting gun on Brexit talks 24 Mar 2017

DUBLIN The nine-month Brexit "phoney war" is set to come to an end next week when British Prime Minister Theresa May notifies the European Union of Britain's intention to leave, starting two years of unprecedented negotiations.


Not oil but trade - the economic case for Scottish independence 22 Mar 2017

EDINBURGH While the economic case for Scottish independence once centred on oil, people like company director Niall McLean now argue that trade is the way to ensure their country's future prosperity - and avoid the damage of the United Kingdom leaving the EU.


Daily Briefing: Brexit - EU red lines 22 Mar 2017

LONDON In the first public comments since Britain confirmed it would trigger the two-year process of leaving the European Union next week, chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier is scheduled to make a 1500 GMT speech at the Committee of the Regions, an EU body grouping local authorities from member states.


May to launch EU divorce proceedings on March 29 21 Mar 2017

LONDON/BRUSSELS Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger Britain's divorce proceedings with the European Union on March 29, launching two years of negotiations that will reshape the future of the country and Europe. | Video


George Hay

Scots 'No' still leaves UK in limbo

The vote against secession in a landmark referendum reduces many risks: financial instability, a UK exit from Europe and a sharp fall in trade. But the bribe to 'No' voters of more devolved powers creates other dangers – including a weakening of the union.  Full Article