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The Scottish independence referendum explained in 9 simple charts

It's an astonishing swing in what most people thought was a done deal. But 17% of the Scottish electorate is still undecided. With two days to go, we decided to address some of the most pressing issues surrounding the potential break-up of the union …

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Scottish independence: Gordon Brown accuses SNP of lying over NHS – video

Speaking in Clydebank on Tuesday, Brown highlights figures in a leaked paper that appear to show a £450m shortfall in SNP health spending plans. He says the joint declaration signed by party leaders on Monday shows the Scottish NHS can be fully …

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Scottish independence: George Galloway threatened with 'facing a bullet' by …

Scottish Independence: For and against. There are concerns that the debate that has put friends and family on opposing sides will continue dividing Scotland, whatever the outcome of Thursday's referendum. Writing in the Independent on Sunday, Scot …

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Scottish independence odds: bookmakers ignore close polls

As the Scottish independence referendum draws near, polls suggest the gap between the two campaigns has been narrowing, with Yes and No voters now neck and neck. Why, then, have bookmakers hardly shifted their odds at all? As recently as April, …

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Scottish independence: Betfair pay out on 'No' vote

ONLINE bookmaker Betfair is paying out to customers who have backed a 'No' vote in this week's Scottish independence referendum, two days before the polls open. Opinion polls ahead of this week's referendum suggest that the contest is too close to call …

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As it happened: Scottish independence campaign, Monday September 15, 2014

Say what you like about David Cameron's interventions in the Scottish independence vote, you can't fault the PM for candour. Last week he accepted that many Scots see his party as "the effing Tories" and would like to see the back of them. Today, he's …

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Scottish independence: Cameron, Miliband and Clegg sign devolution 'vow' but …

The leaders signed a joint pledge, published on the front of today's Daily Record newspaper, promising to give the Scottish Parliament increased powers and a fair share of resources but nationalists are still sceptical. Alex Salmond was not the only …

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Scottish independence: What if result is a dead heat?

When I was invited onto CBBC's Newsround to answer young viewers' questions about the Scottish independence referendum, one question left me totally stumped. "What happens if the result is 50/50?" I was asked by a class of children at a school in Bristol.

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'End intimidation of journalists covering Scottish referendum …

Video: /files/news/2d/f0/80/00/2036281_uk_480p.mp4. Paul Holleran, Scottish organizer for the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), said that while people had the right to protest, journalists in Edinburgh and Aberdeen had …

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Scotland rugby legend reveals abuse over Scottish independence 'No' statement

David Sole, the former Scotland rugby union captain who inspired his country's 1990 Grand Slam victory over England, has revealed he has been subjected to abuse on social media after publicly backing the 'No' campaign in the Scottish referendum.

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The destabilising effect that a Scottish yes vote will have in Northern Ireland

The former Northern Ireland first minister David Trimble says a yes vote in the Scottish referendum would inevitably intensify pressure for a similar vote on Northern Ireland's future. Photograph: Martin Argles for the Guardian. As the English press …

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Kerry MacPhee was in Team Scotland for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth …

Kerry MacPhee stormed to the Scottish Cycling National Cross Country Championship title in Dumfries and Galloway at the weekend. MacPhee rode for Team Scotland in the mountain bike event at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, finishing 13th.

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Scottish Independence: 'No' camp win cupcake poll

Winning the independence referendum will be no piece of cake – but in a poll carried out by a city bakery it seems the No campaign have found the recipe for success. Cuckoo's bakery has been monitoring sales of its Union flag and Saltire-iced cupcakes …

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Scottish independence campaign: as it happened 15 September

Say what you like about David Cameron's interventions in the Scottish independence vote, you can't fault the PM for candour. Last week he accepted that many Scots see his party as "the effing Tories" and would like to see the back of them. Today, he's …

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Scottish Independence: Sean Connery is a no show

SIR Sean Connery will not appear in Scotland to back the Yes campaign because of his tax exile status, the star's brother has revealed. Speculation has been mounting about whether Connery, a passionate supporter of Scottish independence, would make a …

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Exclusive: Scottish nationalism and British nationalism aren't the same

Confronted by someone recently who claimed to believe that there was no difference between the Scottish National party and the British National party, I can't help wondering if this is wilful – like the Daily Mail's insistence that anyone who wants to …

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Scottish NHS would face '£450m black hole' under independence

But leaders of the pro-Union campaign said the forecast proved the Scottish Nationalists had deceived voters about the financial perils of independence. The financial shortfall is estimated at between £400m and £450m in the 2015/16 financial year …

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Scottish independence: yes, no, or maybe? – The Guardian

Opinion polls rely on past behaviour to interpret the present, but historic data in the case of Scottish independence is scarce. … Our editors' picks for the day's top news and commentary delivered to your inbox each morning.

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Scottish Referendum: Battle of the ads | Advertising news …

Scottish Referendum: Battle of the ads. Campaign, first for advertising & creative news.

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Scottish independence could hike telecoms costs (Wired UK)

The UK's major telecommunications companies have penned a joint letter warning that an independent Scotland could mean "increased industry costs" … More from Wired. Wired Consulting · Wired News App · Wired Insider.

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'Clear split: Scottish support “YES” campaign, UK media “NO …

Keep up with the news by installing RT's extension for . Never miss a story with this clean and simple app that delivers the latest headlines to you. … ​The major broadcasters largely support the “NO” campaign when most of the Scottish population in social networks are favoring the “YES” movement, Professor John Robertson, from […]

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How well would a Scottish stock exchange perform?

The energy firm SSE would be the largest constituent of a Scottish index and the financial sector would make up a “disproportionate portion with 40 per cent of the index weight”, though this doesn't take into account RBS's decision to move its HQ south …

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Scottish independence: New powers fair or unfair to UK?

Parties supporting a "no" vote in the Scottish Referendum came together to promise the swift transfer of additional powers to the Scottish Parliament. But will any post-referendum settlement be fair to people in the rest of the United Kingdom? In a …

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Scottish independence: David Cameron delivers emotional plea for Scotland to …

Speaking in Aberdeen, Mr Cameron argued that separation would mean a new currency for Scotland, families separated, pensions sliced up and a border created with England. He said a Scottish exit from the Union would be like “painstakingly building a …

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Scottish independence referendum: Reaction to Cameron, Miliband and Clegg's …

Complacency, cockiness and cliquiness: senior Tories fear that the Scottish referendum campaign has exposed the underlying flaws in the Downing Street operation that will become ever more pronounced as the general election nears. They point to a …

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The mark of Scottish independence in London | UK news …

We accidentally ended up spending more time looking at the memorial to Sir William Wallace in West Smithfield at St Bart's. One of Scottish nationalism's most potent heroes was gruesomely executed near the spot in 1305 for …

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Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood calls for Scottish …

LONDON — Britain's grand dame of fashion Vivienne Westwood on Sunday urged Scotland to vote for independence ahead of a historic referendum next week that could see it break away from the United Kingdom. The designer, who is as famous for her political views as her bold fashions, said she [...] Maine news, sports, politics […]

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EDF Energy boss warns over Scottish independence risks

These included how nuclear plants and the wider energy sector would be regulated in an independent Scotland; how nuclear waste from the Scottish plants would be handled; whether there would remain a single electricity market across Great Britain; and …

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Scottish independence: Assault arrests outside 'Yes' concert

Two 18-year-old men have been charged with assault after an incident outside a pro-independence concert in Edinburgh. Police said a 48-year-old man was assaulted at about 22:50 on Sunday outside the Usher Hall, where the "A Night for Scotland" event …

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Financial stocks push FTSE lower as Scottish vote approaches

"Financial stocks have been hit hardest, and even though the polls are showing a 'No' vote, it is likely nobody wants to stick their neck out and buy banks and insurers ahead of the Scottish referendum on Thursday," said Madden. The FTSE 100 has erased …

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Leap in the dark: 11 sporting questions raised by Scottish independence

Scottish athletes make up just over a tenth of the 1,272 athletes funded by UK Sport. But in London they contributed to a fifth of Team GB's 65 medals. In Sochi, the split was 50-50 thanks to the medals won by the all-Scottish men's and women's curling …

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Scottish independence: 'No' campaign receives £1m more in campaign …

As part of the Scottish Independence Referendum Act, registered campaigners have been legally obliged to declare all donations and loans over £7,500 received since December last year and spending limits have been set. The largest donations were …

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The Flouers O'Edinburgh review – a lively slice of post-union Scottish satire

As part of a season on the referendum called Scotland Decides, the Finborough is giving the English premiere of Robert McLellan's 1948 play, which is set in Edinburgh during the Scottish Enlightenment of the 1750s. But it's difficult to know what the …

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Scottish independence: answers to seven less obvious questions

The Scottish border town famous for hosting “runaway weddings” will survive. Currently it's not very difficult for foreign nationals to get married there and that is unlikely to change. Just like Scots, foreigners must give the registrar at least 15 …

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Scottish Independence: What Impact Will a Yes Vote Have on Scotland's Exports?

As the referendum on Scottish independence moves ever nearer, the debate over the viability of a standalone Scottish economy continues to intensify. Recent figures from the Scottish government, which have been altered to include the country's known on …

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