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Scottish independence: catalogue of errors that has brought UK to the brink

Both sides of the independence struggle have failed to understand each other. The repercussions could affect millions<p>So why did it go wrong – and when? To be sure, political unions between European countries have often failed in the past, but usually only after relatively brief periods. Denmark and …

The Origins and Implications of the Scottish Referendum

The idea of Scottish independence has moved from the implausible to the very possible. Whether or not it actually happens, the idea that the union of England and Scotland, which has existed for more than 300 years, could be dissolved has enormous implications in its own right, and significant …

Scottish independence: Campaigns seize on Scotland powers pledge

<b>Both sides in the Scottish independence referendum debate have seized on a pledge by the three main Westminster parties to devolve more powers.</b><p>The pledge, signed by David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg, also promises equitable sharing of resources and preserving the Barnett funding formula.<p>The …

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Scottish opponents of independence slightly ahead: polls

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Just hours before Scotland’s independence referendum, the fate of the United Kingdom rests on hundreds of thousands of wavering Scottish voters, as opinion polls showed supporters of the 307-year union just a whisker ahead of secessionists.<p>In an intense final day of …

The Scottish referendum in quotes

The 25 best quotes from the Scottish referendum campaign so far<p>On the eve of a momentous day in the history of the United Kingdom, the Scottish referendum vote is still too close to call. The fevered debate has drawn in everyone, from the Queen to Groundskeeper Willie from <i>The Simpsons.</i> Here are …