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Scottish leader rules out new independence vote for now

Jun 28, 2017 - 7:31 AM

Sturgeon says she will reset the timetable for holding a referendum by spring 2019 when Britain is scheduled to leave the European Union

NO INDYREF2. Scotland's First Minister and Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon reacts as she sits in the chamber at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on June 27, 2017. Andy Buchanan/AFP

Britain's May apologizes to own MPs for election 'mess'

Jun 13, 2017 - 8:01 AM

I got us into this mess and I m going to get us out May tells Conservatives MPs during the meeting in Westminster

STILL PRIME MINISTER. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves after hosting a Cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street in central London on June 12, 2017. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Scotland makes formal request to UK for independence vote

Mar 31, 2017 - 8:38 PM

Nicola Sturgeon leader of the ruling Scottish National Party SNP says: The people of Scotland must have the right to choose our own future – in short to exercise our right of self determination

ASKING FOR INDEPENDENCE VOTE. This file photo taken on June 25, 2016 shows Scotland's First Minister and Leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), Nicola Sturgeon, addresses the media outside Bute House in Edinburgh, Scotland. File photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

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Mar 29, 2017 - 1:15 PM

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Scottish lawmakers to hold independence vote on eve of Brexit

Mar 28, 2017 - 12:06 PM

Lawmakers in Edinburgh are due to vote on Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon s bid for a new referendum despite the prime minister s last minute appeals

UNITED – FOR NOW. A Scottish Saltire (C) flies between a Union flag (R) and a European Union (EU) flag, in front of the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh, on March 13, 2017. Lesley Martin/AFP

May holds crisis talks in Scotland on brink of Brexit

Mar 27, 2017 - 6:47 PM

UPDATED Theresa May urges Scotland not to choose independence while also fighting a political crisis in Northern Ireland in the frantic final days before she launches Brexit

THERESA MAY. British Prime Minister Theresa May (C) reacts during her visit to the Wellbeing Centre in Aldershot, south-west of London, January 9, 2017. Photo by Steve Parsons/AFP

Scottish parliament set to back new independence vote

Mar 22, 2017 - 11:22 AM

UPDATED Lawmakers are set to back First Minister Nicola Sturgeon s call for a second referendum when they vote following a two day debate in the semi autonomous assembly in Edinburgh

NICOLA STURGEON. A handout photo made available from the Scottish Parliament on March 21, 2017, shows Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaking in the chamber on the first day of the 'Scotland's Choice' debate on a motion to seek the authority to hold an indpendence referendum at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. Photo by Andrew Cowan / Scottish Parliament / AFP

PM keeps suspense over Brexit trigger

Mar 14, 2017 - 1:57 PM

3rd UPDATE After speculation that she would start the withdrawal process this week Theresa May says she would fulfill her promise to do it by the end of March

UK PARLIAMENT. Union flags fly near the Houses of Parliament, comprising the House of Commons and the House of Lords, in London on March 13, 2017. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Scotland takes a step towards new independence vote

Mar 13, 2017 - 8:01 PM

UPDATED First Minister Sturgeon says the new independence referendum could be held between late 2018 and early 2019 once the outline of the Brexit agreement becomes clear but before Britain actually leaves the EU

DIVIDED? A Scottish Saltire (C) flies between a Union flag (R) and a European Union (EU) flag, in front of the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh, on March 13, 2017. Lesley Martin/AFP

Scottish opposition insists no new independence vote

Mar 05, 2017 - 7:52 AM

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson: We deserve a Scottish government that is focused on helping Team UK get the best Brexit deal for all of us not using it to revive its independence obsession

SEAT OF SCOTTISH POWER. The Scottish Parliament building is pictured in the Holyrood area of Edinburgh, on September 30, 2008. Ed Jones/AFP

British PM seeks to unite first ministers over Brexit plans

Oct 23, 2016 - 8:08 AM

UPDATED Theresa May will call on the devolved administrations to commit to working fully with the British government in a bid to enhance prosperity and security Downing Street says in a statement

British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in central London on September 7, 2016 ahead of Prime Ministers Questions in the House of Commons.  Adrian Dennis/AFP

Scotland's Sturgeon says independence will happen

Oct 16, 2016 - 7:20 AM

The Scottish National Party SNP leader pledges to explore all options to prevent Scotland being taken out of the European Union against its will

In this file photo, pro-Scottish Independence supporters with Scottish Saltire flags and EU flags among others, rally in George Square in Glasgow, Scotland on July 30, 2016 to call for Scottish independence from the UK. Andy Buchanan/AFP/File

Scottish leader unveils new independence plan

Oct 14, 2016 - 8:45 AM

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon unveils plans for a new independence referendum in case her demands for more autonomy and for Scotland to stay in Europe s single market are not met

DEMANDS. This file photo taken on June 25, 2016 shows Scotland's First Minister and Leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), Nicola Sturgeon, addresses the media outside Bute House in Edinburgh, Scotland. Oli Scarff/AFP

Scotland faces independence dilemma as Brexit looms

Oct 12, 2016 - 8:38 PM

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has vowed to explore all options to protect Scotland s place in the EU after Scots bucked the national trend by voting to remain in the bloc

SEAT OF POWER. The Scottish Parliament is pictured at sunset from Salisbury Crags in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, Scotland on June 25, 2016. Oli Scarff/AFP

Scottish leader launches new independence drive

Sep 02, 2016 - 6:48 PM

Scotland s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says the survey would be conducted through a website and by polling party members aiming to reach two million people

Pro-union (R) and pro-independence (L) campaigners jostle for space during a rally by Scotland's Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in Glasgow, Scotland, on September 12, 2014, ahead of the referendum on Scotland's independence. Photo by Andy Buchanan/AFP

EU leaves Britain out in the cold as PM race begins

Jun 29, 2016 - 4:08 PM

UPDATED European Union leaders assess the damage from Britain s decision to leave the bloc and try to prevent further disintegration

The British flag is being replaced by the European Union flag following the visit of British Prime Minister David Cameron at the European Union Commission headquarters in Brussels on June 28, 2016. Thierry Charlier/AFP

Sturgeon to visit Brussels to defend Scotland's EU place

Jun 29, 2016 - 6:49 AM

UPDATED Sturgeon says she is utterly determined to protect Scotland as she obtained a formal mandate for direct talks with the European Union institutions at an emergency session of the Scottish parliament

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (R) during an emergency cabinet meeting at Bute House in Edinburgh, Scotland, Britain, June 25, 2016. Jane Barlow/EPA

Scotland seeks immediate EU talks to protect place in bloc

Jun 25, 2016 - 7:42 PM

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says Scotland wants to seek immediate discussions with the EU institutions and other EU member states

Scottish Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, 12 April 2014, in Aberdeen. Andy Buchanan/AFP

Europe demands quick divorce from divided Britain

Jun 25, 2016 - 6:53 PM

UPDATED European powers urge Britain not to delay amid fears of a domino effect of exit votes in euroskeptic member states that could imperil the integrity of the bloc

GLOOM. A pedestrian shelters from the rain beneath a Union flag themed umbrella as they walk near the Big Ben clock face and the Elizabeth Tower at the Houses of Parliament in central London on June 25, 2016, following the pro-Brexit result of the UK's EU referendum vote. Justin Tallis/AFP

Khan triumphs as London's first Muslim mayor

May 07, 2016 - 3:57 AM

5th UPDATE I want every single Londoner to get the opportunities that our city gave to me and my family – the opportunities not just to survive but to thrive says Sadiq Khan

epa05292495 Labour mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan reacts as he is announced as the new mayor of London after votes were calculated at City Hall in London, Britain, 06 May 2016. Khan becomes London's first muslim mayor. EPA/ANDY RAIN

Thousands join anti-nuclear weapons march in London

Feb 28, 2016 - 7:45 AM

If a nuclear war took place there would be mass destruction on both sides of the conflict says Jeremy Corbyn

Protesters gather with placards in Trafalgar Square in front of the National Gallery in central London on February 27, 2016 during a demonstration against a proposed renewal of Britain's Trident nuclear weapon system. Tens of thousands of people joined a protest in central London Saturday against the renewal of Britain's nuclear weapon system Trident. A decision is expected to be taken later this year on replacing the ageing submarines which carry the Trident missiles at an estimated cost of 31 billion GBP (39 billion euros, 43 billion USD). / AFP / NIKLAS HALLE'N

Britain in new era after Cameron's shock victory

May 10, 2015 - 5:55 PM

Britain adjusts to a new political landscape after a shock election victory for Prime Minister David Cameron that decapitated the opposition and bolstered secessionists in Scotland

TOUGH ROAD AHEAD. British Prime Minister and Conservative party leader David Cameron delivers a statement to the nation at Number 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, May 8, 2015. Andy Rain/EPA

Scottish MPs celebrate election success with anti-austerity pledge

May 09, 2015 - 11:15 PM

It is the priority that elected lawmakers from the Scottish National Party will take to the very heart of the Westminster agenda says party leader Nicola Sturgeon

VICTORY. Scottish First Minister and Leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), Nicola Sturgeon (C), poses for photographs in front of the Forth Bridge in Queensferry, west of Edinburgh, Scotland on May 9, 2015, during a photo call with all the newly-elected SNP Members of Parliament (MPs) following the outcome of the UK general election. Andy Buchanan/AFP

Surprise lead for Conservatives in UK election exit poll

May 08, 2015 - 7:42 AM

The centre right Conservatives are projected to win 316 seats compared to 239 for Ed Miliband s center left Labour party in a result that tears up pre election predictions

ELECTIONS. Election officials count ballot papers from the Hallam constituency of Liberal Democratic Party leader Nick Clegg, at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield, Britain, 07 May 2015. Photo by Nigel Roddis/EPA

How the UK parliamentary elections work

May 07, 2015 - 5:39 PM

The leader of the party that gains the majority of seats in the parliamentary election becomes the new prime minister

Britain votes in suspense-filled general election

May 07, 2015 - 3:08 PM

While the leaders of both main parties insist they can win a clear majority in the 650 seat House of Commons they will almost certainly have to work with smaller parties to form a government

POLLING BEGINS. Leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) Nigel Farage arrives at a polling station in Ramsgate, Kent, Britain, 07 May 2015. Britons are voting in a general election that will determine the UK's next prime minister. Photo by Hannah Mckay/EPA

Britain votes in election which could define its future

May 07, 2015 - 4:53 AM

The election looks set to deliver a minority government for the first time since 1974

PARLIAMENT. A CCTV camera is pictured against Big Ben in the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, 02 April 2015. Photo by Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

UK's election in numbers

May 06, 2015 - 10:26 PM

Take a look at the numbers and what they mean in this year s United Kingdom elections

Leaders prepare final push in tight UK election

May 06, 2015 - 9:20 AM

While neither of the two main party leaders is talking in public about the possibility of a minority government the polls suggest that Britain is heading that way for the first time since 1997

KEEPING HIS SEAT? British Prime Minister David Cameron campaigns at a rally in St Ives, Cornwall, as part of his 36 hour non-stop tour of the UK, Britain, May 5, 2015. Stringer/EPA

Britain's boring election reaches gripping finale

May 04, 2015 - 10:20 AM

The vote could help decide whether Britain stays in the European Union and whether Scotland remains in Britain as well as putting some of Westminster s biggest names out of a job

SEAT OF POWER. A file photograph showing the Houses of Parliament from the London Eye in London January 31, 2012. Andy Rain/EPA

Eyeing power, Scottish nationalists launch British election manifesto

Apr 21, 2015 - 8:38 AM

UPDATED Nicola Sturgeon vows that the SNP will act responsibly and constructively if it agreed to prop up a minority center left Labour government led by Ed Miliband

Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon greets supporters after delivering her keynote speech at the party's spring conference Glasgow, Scotland, March 28, 2015. Stringer/EPA

Scottish nationalists offer to help British opposition to power

Apr 08, 2015 - 8:32 AM

Nicola Sturgeon says she will help Labour leader Ed Miliband take over from his main rival Prime Minister David Cameron

In this file photo, Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Nicola Sturgeon delivers her keynote speech at the party's spring conference Glasgow, Scotland, 28 March 2015. Stringer/EPA

Uncertainty the only certainty a month before UK election

Apr 06, 2015 - 2:59 PM

In one month Britain votes in a general election likely to put the nail in the coffin of two party politics and herald an uncertain future of coalitions alliances and horse trading

UP FOR GRABS. Number 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, 26 January 2015. Andy Rain/EPA

Campaign kicks off for tight British election

Mar 31, 2015 - 10:48 AM

Opinion polls suggest that neither the center right Conservatives nor center left Labour will win an outright majority in the 650 seat House of Commons

UP FOR GRABS. Number 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, 26 January 2015. Andy Rain/EPA

Scottish secessionists vow to shake up UK parliament

Mar 29, 2015 - 9:00 AM

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon says her pro independence party will act in the interests of left wingers across the UK if they are in a position of influence after the May 7 polls

A file photograph showing the Houses of Parliament from the London Eye in London 31 January 2012. Andy Rain/EPA

UK opposition rules out coalition with Scottish separatists

Mar 17, 2015 - 10:12 AM

Labour s hopes of returning to power have been severely dented by a surge in support for the left wing Scottish National Party

A file photograph showing the Houses of Parliament from the London Eye in London 31 January 2012. Andy Rain/EPA

New Scottish leader holds first meeting with Cameron

Dec 16, 2014 - 1:03 AM

Scotland s new first minister Nicola Sturgeon meets British Prime Minister David Cameron for the first time since taking office with the two discussing the further devolution of powers

Nicola Sturgeon. File/AFP

Scottish independence party names new leader

Nov 14, 2014 - 11:45 PM

First Minister Alex Salmond quit after the September ballot and has now been replaced by his deputy Nicola Sturgeon

Sturgeon announces bid for Scottish leadership

Sep 25, 2014 - 11:44 AM

Deputy First Minister Sturgeon; I want to serve my party and my country and I believe I am the best person for the job

Scottish Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, 12 April 2014, in Aberdeen. Andy Buchanan/AFP