Monday, 11 August 2014

What's in the Headlines?

Scottish Independence 

On 18th September voters in Scotland will be asked "Should Scotland be an independent country?" A poll from the Scottish Daily Mail newspaper said 50 percent of respondents planned to vote against independence. This is the highest percentage of respondents against Scottish independence since February. The spike in UK supporters has been attributed to the Tuesday debate between Alex Salmond of the pro-independence campaign and Alistair Darling of the Better together campaign. Salmond did not have an adequate response to how an independent Scotland proposed to keep the pound. British government have made it clear that there would be no currency union between an independent Scotland and the rest of the UK.

Republican and Democratic members of the United States Congress have joined forces to encourage Scotland not to vote for independence referring to the ‘special relationship’ held between the United States and the United Kingdom. Republican congressman Ed Royce told Huffington Post that “It is crucial for both our nations to continue our close cooperation on key diplomatic, security, economic, and human rights concerns. A strong, unified United Kingdom has been a leader in the world and I look forward to continuing our valuable partnership." Barack Obama has also shown his support for the UK when he said he wanted to see Britain remain “united”.

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