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Scottish leader calls for second independence vote by 2021

Apr 24, 2019 - 11:02 PM

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's government aims to 'give people a choice on independence' from the United Kingdom before the end of the current term of parliament expires in May 2021

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

5 challenges facing next British PM

Jun 09, 2017 - 7:38 AM

Whoever ends up becoming Britain s new prime minister faces a daunting 5 years in office Here are the 5 main challenges ahead

WHO'S THE NEXT PM? This combination picture shows opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn (L) voting in north London and British Prime Minister Theresa May voting in Maidenhead on June 8, 2017 during  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

British PM signs letter for Brexit with calls for UK unity

Mar 29, 2017 - 6:47 AM

The British government will then deliver the letter to European Union President Donald Tusk formally notifying him of Britain s intention to leave the bloc after 44 years of membership

SIGNED. British Prime Minister Theresa May signs the letter which will trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, starting negotiations for the UK to leave the EU, at the Cabinet Room of Number 10 Downing Street, March 28, 2017. Photo courtesy 10 Downing Street

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

Britain prepares to launch Brexit

Mar 26, 2017 - 3:51 PM

As the countdown begins there is a real chance that negotiations will break down and Britain will be forced out of the EU without any deal in place

DIVORCE UP AHEAD. Demonstrators fly an EU and a Union flag during a rally following an anti Brexit, pro-European Union (EU) march in London on March 25, 2017, ahead of the British government's planned triggering of Article 50 next week. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Scottish parliament suspends independence vote debate

Mar 23, 2017 - 1:57 AM

The suspension follows a suspected terrorist incident outside the Houses of Parliament in London

INDEPENDENCE DEBATE. In this file photo, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (C) speaks in the chamber on the first day of the 'Scotland's Choice' debate on a motion to seek the authority to hold an independence referendum at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on March 21, 2017. Jeff J Mitchell/Pool/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

Scots weigh economic uncertainty of independent future

Mar 19, 2017 - 2:22 PM

Going it alone raises a host of doubts about Scotland s economy including what currency it would use and how it could reduce a budget deficit of 9 0 of gross domestic product

NORTH SEA GOLD. A file photo, taken in March 2009 and provided by Royal Dutch Shell of the Gannet Alpha platform in the North Sea. Royal Dutch Shell/Handout/EPA

'Now is not the time' for Scottish independence vote – May

Mar 16, 2017 - 8:59 PM

UPDATED British Prime Minister Theresa May: All our energies should be being put into the negotiations with the European Union to make sure we get the deal the right deal for people across the whole of the United Kingdom

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

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

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

Stay or go? Arguments for and against Britain leaving EU

Feb 15, 2016 - 12:17 PM

As a referendum on the so called Brexit looms here are the views of opposing sides

epa05133258 A Union Jack flag flutters next to European Union flags ahead a visits of the British Prime Minister David Cameron at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, 29 January 2016. Cameron arived in Brussels for unscheduled talks on a Brexit referendum. EPA/LAURENT DUBRULE

Queen Elizabeth: Fixing division in Scotland 'will take time'

Dec 25, 2014 - 3:35 PM

UPDATED In a speech dedicated to the theme of reconciliation the queen also celebrates progress towards peace in Northern Ireland

ANNUAL TRADITION. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is pictured after recording her Christmas Day broadcast to the Commonwealth, in the State Dining Room at Buckingham Palace in central London, on December 10, 2014. John Stillwell/Pool/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

Down but not out: Nationalist Scots fight on

Oct 09, 2014 - 3:08 PM

It is 3 weeks since Scotland voted to reject independence on September 18 but the energy behind the nationalist campaign shows no signs of dissipating

I HEART SCOTLAND. The Scottish Saltire (C) and the Union jack (R) hang from a building in Edinburgh, Scotland, 12 September 2014. Andy Rain/EPA

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

Scotland fears loss of new powers in referendum hangover

Sep 21, 2014 - 8:04 AM

Many people do not trust a Westminster elite preoccupied by a general election in May to honor a pledge of accelerated devolution made in the heat of the campaign

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

Pakistan separatists demand Scots-style vote

Sep 19, 2014 - 11:23 PM

Baluchistan s roughly 7 million inhabitants have long complained they do not receive a fair share of its gas and mineral wealth

Europe breathes sigh of relief after Scotland vote

Sep 19, 2014 - 10:30 PM

While the European Union had stayed officially neutral before the vote there was clear relief in Brussels after the result that the first ever break up of a member state was off the cards

HAPPY DAYS. No supporters celebrate their win over the Yes campaign at the Royal Highland Centre during the Scottish referendum in Edinburgh, Scotland, 19 September 2014. Andy Rain/EPA

Spain hails Scots' 'No' but Catalans defiant

Sep 19, 2014 - 9:11 PM

Nationalists in the northeastern Catalonia region keenly watched the result from Scotland knowing a Yes result there would fire up their own campaign to hold a vote – a move fiercely opposed by Spain s central government

SORRY GUYS. A Catalan supporter of the 'Yes' campaign holds up a banner outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on September 18, 2014, during Scotland's independence referendum. Lesley Martin/AFP

Rappler Newscast | September 19, 2014

Sep 19, 2014 - 8:44 PM

Tropical storm Mario triggers flooding in Luzon UNDOF sends Filipino troops home Scotland rejects independence stays in the UK

What's next for Scotland? No independence, more powers

Sep 19, 2014 - 4:00 PM

Scotland may have rejected independence but will now be handed new powers by Britain which could amount to effective home rule – though experts warn that agreeing these could be messy

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

It's a No: Scotland rejects independence

Sep 19, 2014 - 12:22 PM

UPDATED While the United Kingdom survived a potential end to a 3 century old union it could soon look very different

YES AND NO. Ballot papers are counted in the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre in Aberdeen, on September 18, 2014, immediately after the polls close in the referendum on Scotland's independence. Ben Stansall/AFP

Nervous wait for Scots as early referendum results trickle in

Sep 19, 2014 - 10:54 AM

Is it a Yes or a No? Scots are up all night on tenterhooks as early results on the independence referendum begin trickling in

Early count points to record turnout in Scotland vote

Sep 19, 2014 - 7:40 AM

UPDATED After months when it looked like the independence camp could not win a surge in support in the final two weeks has left pollsters warning the outcome is too close to call

COUNTING. Ballots are counted at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre during the Scottish referendum in Aberdeen, Scotland, 18 September 2014. Robert Perry/EPA

Mindful of history and a tight race, Scots vote en masse

Sep 19, 2014 - 1:25 AM

With many still undecided however volunteers sporting badges stickers and ties in campaign colors were on the street trying to sway the vote

YES OR NO? Pro-independence (R) and pro-union campaigners are pictured outside a polling station in east Glasgow, Scotland, on September 18, 2014, during a referendum on Scotland's independence. Andy Buchanan/AFP

Rappler Newscast | September 18, 2014

Sep 18, 2014 - 11:43 PM

VP Binay: Allegations against me can t stand in court Drilon: No time to tackle Aquinop s 2nd term Polls open in Scotland independence vote

Quebec separatists visit Scotland, taking notes

Sep 18, 2014 - 8:49 PM

The separatists own bid for independence was narrowly defeated in 1995 and the predominantly French speaking Canadian province s aspirations to nationhood has links to Scotland

Stay or go? Scotland votes on independence from Britain

Sep 18, 2014 - 2:13 PM

3RD UPDATE A record number of Scottish voters are expected to cast their vote on whether to stay or leave the United Kingdom

DECISION TIME. Pro-independence and pro-union literature surrounds a polling station in the south of Edinburgh, Scotland, on September 18, 2014, during a referendum on Scottish independence. Lesley Martin/AFP

A to Z of Scottish independence referendum

Sep 18, 2014 - 10:08 AM

Here is an A to Z of the September 18 Scotland referendum including some of the key issues at stake

A Unionist holds the Union jack (L) and the Saltire flag during a march of the Orange Order, a Protestant fraternal organization, in a show of solidarity for the Union of Britain in Edinburgh, Scotland, 13 September 2014. Andy Rain/EPA

Yes or No? Scotland set to vote on independence

Sep 18, 2014 - 8:27 AM

UPDATED This is our opportunity of a lifetime and we must seize it with both hands the people of Scotland will hold in our hands the exclusive solemn power to define our nation for the future

UNION IN PERIL? The Saltire, the flag of Scotland, flies beside the Union flag at the site of the Auld Acquaintance cairn, on the banks of the River Sark in Gretna in Scotland, on August 17, 2014. Andy Buchanan/AFP

Spain PM warns independence votes 'torpedo' EU

Sep 18, 2014 - 7:59 AM

The conservative premier s comments sharpens the political tone in a potentially crucial week for the Catalan independence movement which is closely watching the outcome of Scotland s independence vote

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy arrives at a European People's Party (EPP) Summit ahead of a Special Meeting of the European Council in Brussels, Belgium, 30 August 2014. Julie Warnand/EPA

Scotland referendum: Obama calls for 'united' Britain

Sep 18, 2014 - 7:06 AM

Obama: I hope it remains strong robust and united

I <3 SCOTLAND. The Scottish Saltire (C) and the Union jack (R) hang from a building in Edinburgh, Scotland, 12 September 2014. Andy Rain/EPA

Facts and figures about Scotland

Sep 17, 2014 - 9:00 PM

Get to know Scotland ahead of its independence referendum on September 18

Rappler Newscast | September 17, 2014

Sep 17, 2014 - 8:53 PM

Aquino says a second presidential term is open to abuse Senator Santiago favors giving Aquino emergency powers New polls show Scotland could narrowly reject independence

Campaigns race for votes on Scottish referendum eve

Sep 17, 2014 - 7:06 PM

New opinion polls published in Wednesday suggest a very narrow majority supporting staying in the UK but also show that the undecideds could swing it either way

Supporters wait for First Minister Alex Salmond on the campaign trail in Stirling, Scotland, 15 September 2014. EPA

'No' narrowly leads as Scotland campaign enters final day

Sep 17, 2014 - 9:03 AM

Three polls show the pro independence side had gained ground in the final weeks of the debate but that the No campaign was still ahead by a slim margin

DELICIOUS DILEMMA. A bakery employee holds a 'question mark' cupcake in front of a Scottish Saltire cake (L) and a Union cupcake (R) at a bakery in Edinburgh, Scotland, 16 September 2014. Andy Rain/EPA

Leaders pledge powers in final push before Scottish vote

Sep 16, 2014 - 8:48 AM

With polls showing an extremely tight vote on Thursday campaigners for and against keeping Scotland in the United Kingdom pulled out all the stops

In this file photo, British Prime Minister, David Cameron (R), Britain's Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg (2nd R) and British opposition Labour Party leader, Ed Miliband (L), at the Palace of Westminster on February 27, 2014 in London. Oli Scarff/Pool/AFP

NATO says independent Scotland would have to reapply

Sep 15, 2014 - 10:08 PM

The NATO chief says he won t interfere in the referendum campaign but says any new independent state from an existing member state would have to reapply

A Unionist holds the Union jack (L) and the Saltire flag during a march of the Orange Order in a show of solidarity for the Union of Britain in Edinburgh, Scotland, 13 September 2014. Andy Rain/EPA

Europe fears Scottish independence contagion

Sep 15, 2014 - 4:59 PM

While nationalists from Catalonia to Flanders will watch Scotland s referendum with hope Brussels is nervous about the possibility of a major European Union member like Britain falling apart

YES OR NO? 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. Andy Buchanan/AFP

Top acts rock for a 'Yes' vote in Scottish referendum

Sep 15, 2014 - 2:45 PM

Scottish bands Franz Ferdinand and Mogwai were among the performers for the event to urge people to vote for Scotland s independence

Queen of Scots, but for how long?

Sep 15, 2014 - 11:02 AM

Scottish separatists say they will keep Queen Elizabeth II if the country votes to leave the United Kingdom but some question how secure the monarchy would be post independence

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (C) views the guard of honor Balaklava Company, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland during the Ceremony of the Keys at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, Britain, 30 June 2014. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/EPA

Nationalists march against 'biased' BBC Scotland vote coverage

Sep 15, 2014 - 8:02 AM

Demonstrators claimed that coverage by the British broadcaster has been biased against the separatist Yes camp which wants Scotland to break away from the rest of Britain

Pro-independence "Yes" campaigners stage a demonstration outside the BBC Scotland Headquarters in Glasgow on September 14, 2014 to protest against alleged biased by the BBC in its coverage of the Scottish referendum. Andy Buchanan/AFP

Rivals race for support in 'knife-edge' Scotland vote

Sep 15, 2014 - 12:11 AM

Campaigners for and against Scottish independence raced to win over undecided voters ahead of the historic referendum as religious leaders prayed for harmony and music fans gathered for a separatist concert

I <3 SCOTLAND. The Scottish Saltire (C) and the Union jack (R) hang from a building in Edinburgh, Scotland, 12 September 2014. Andy Rain/EPA