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Ex-Scottish Leader Charged With 2 Attempted Rapes

Ex-First Minister Alex Salmond: 'I am innocent of any criminality whatsoever'

(Newser) - First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's reaction to a major development in Scotland: "Obviously this news ... will be a shock to many people." That's the arrest of her predecessor, Alex Salmond, who's been hit with 14 charges, including sexual assault, breach of peace, and two counts of... More »

What's Next for Scotland—and the UK

'No' vote doesn't mean no changes

(Newser) - Scotland voted to remain part of the United Kingdom, but that doesn't mean there are no changes in store. The BBC , Telegraph , USA Today , and CNN run down what's next for the country and the UK:
  • Scottish Parliament will get more power. That's something the three biggest
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Part of Scotland Could Break Off From Scotland

Shetland archipelago may want to do its own thing if Scotland gains independence

(Newser) - As the world watches to see what happens after Scotland's vote for independence from the UK today, one group of Scots may be considering alternative future plans—to break away from Scotland. If Scotland's "yes" campaign wins out, First Minister Alex Salmond shouldn't necessarily bank on... More »

Queen Makes Unexpected Scotland Comment

Voters 'should think carefully,' she says

(Newser) - With just a few days to go before Scotland votes on independence, Queen Elizabeth II has spoken out on the issue for the first time. In what opponents of independence have interpreted as a statement of firm support for their No campaign, the monarch told a well-wisher outside a Scottish... More »

Pro-Independence Side Ahead in Scottish Poll

UK offers new deal if Scotland stays in union

(Newser) - Is the UK on the road to Splitsville? Scotland votes on independence on Sept. 18, and one poll has put the pro-independence "Yes" camp in the lead with 51% for the first time, the BBC reports. The "No" side was 22 points ahead less than a month ago,... More »

Scots Debut Independence 'Blueprint,' Vow 'Revolution'

Country would keep queen, pound

(Newser) - Ahead of its Sept. 18 independence referendum , Scotland has unveiled a 670-page document (available here ) laying out the foundations for the proposed country. "This is the most comprehensive blueprint for an independent country ever published," says Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond. "We do not seek independence... More »

Scotland to Exit UK on March 24, 2016?

That's the selected 'Independence Date'

(Newser) - Scotland has no decision yet, but it does have a date. If citizens vote in favor of exiting the UK , the country could become an independent nation on March 24, 2016. The BBC reports that the date is presented in a government White Paper to be published on Tuesday; the... More »

Scottish Independence Vote Set for 2014

Cameron, Salmond announce deal for referendum

(Newser) - The countdown to Scotland's referendum on independence from the UK officially began today, as British Prime Minister David Cameron arrived in Edinburgh and signed an agreement with Scottish leader Alex Salmond, the BBC reports. The deal settles the terms of the 2014 referendum on whether to end the 305-year-old... More »

Donald Trump: Scottish Betrayed Me

'World-class expert in tourism' peeved about wind firm near golf course

(Newser) - Donald Trump was met by protesters and hecklers as he arrived at Scotland's parliament yesterday to complain about a proposed wind farm in sight of his new $1.2 billion golf resort. Scotland's tourist industry will be destroyed, and the country will go broke if it builds the... More »

Scotland Schedules Independence Vote

Vote in 2014 could break apart United Kingdom

(Newser) - Scottish voters will finally get their chance to throw off the, er, iron hand of Queen Elizabeth in 2014, Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has announced. Salmond's Scottish National Party has long argued that Scotland should seek independence from the UK , and Salmond wants a referendum on it held... More »

Scottish Independence Edges Nearer

Independent Scotland will get on well with US, SNP leader says

(Newser) - The 304-year-old union between England and Scotland is starting to look shaky, and some believe Scottish independence could be in the cards within a few years. The pro-independence Scottish National Party recently won its first majority in Scottish elections and has pledged to hold a referendum on nationhood within 5... More »

Support for Scot Independence Hits Record Low

Year after separatists take power, Scotland wants to remain in UK

(Newser) - It's been one year since a separatist government came to power in Scotland, vowing to break away from the United Kingdom. But a new poll shows while the Scottish still admire Alex Salmond, the region's first minister, support for independence is at an all-time low—with only 19% wanting to... More »

Scot Separatists Publish Plans for Independence

In challenge to Brown, seek army, taxation, control of oil reserves

(Newser) - The August lull in British politics has given way to a national debate on an unexpected topic: Scottish independence. The separatist leader of Scotland's regional parliament has published a white paper outlining plans for a referendum and suggesting features of an independent Scotland: its own army, its own EU membership,... More »

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