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  • *Unionists gain 4 pct point lead over separatists- YouGov. A YouGov survey for The Times and Sun newspapers put Scottish support for the union at 52 percent versus support for independence at 48 percent, excluding those who said they did not know how they would vote.

  • Sept 12- Scotland will vote on Sept. 18 on whether to become an independent country, ending a 307- year union with England and splitting from the rest of the United Kingdom. >British banks warn they'll head south if Scotland quits UK. >BoE says Scotland would need big reserves to keep the pound.

  • SPECIAL REPORT-Scots warm to the power of Yes Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 2:00 AM ET

    GLASGOW, Scotland, Sept 11- In late August, Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling shared the stage as part of the push to keep Scotland in the United Kingdom. The two Scotsmen, Britain's prime minister and finance minister between 2007 and 2010, often fought each other in office.

  • *Sterling drops, shares fall, banks brace for Scotland vote. The survey prompted concern bordering on panic among Britain's ruling elite, with Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative-led government promising proposals this week to grant Scotland greater autonomy if it stays.

  • LONDON, Sept 8- An independent Scotland could lay claim to a part of the United Kingdom's 310- tonne gold reserves if votes go in favour of the "Yes" campaign this month, with ownership of Britain's bullion hoard up for negotiation along with other assets.

  • *Sterling drops, shares fall, banks brace for Scotland vote. The survey prompted concern bordering on panic among Britain's ruling elite, with Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative-led government promising proposals this week to grant Scotland greater autonomy if it stays.

  • *Osborne insists no currency union with independent Scotland. LONDON, Sept 7- The British government is scrambling to respond to a lurch in the opinion polls towards a vote for Scottish independence this month by promising a range of new powers for Scotland if it chooses to stay within the United Kingdom.

  • LONDON, June 24- On July 7, 2011, at the height of Britain's phone-hacking scandal, Rebekah Brooks announced the closure of Britain's biggest-selling newspaper, The News of the World. That evening, she sat with senior colleagues in a restaurant in London's Chelsea Harbor, fighting back tears.

  • DUNDEE, Scotland, June 22- Gordon Brown, once ranked Britain's most unpopular prime minister in half a century, may yet emerge as the man who convinces Scots to reject independence. But in the industrial towns of Scotland where the fate of the United Kingdom will be set by 1 million as yet undecided voters in a Sept. 18 referendum, few rival Brown's influence.

  • ABUJA, May 1- Delegates to the World Economic Forum on Africa next week in the Nigerian capital Abuja will be in the right place to reflect on the rising continent's problems, as well as its undoubted potential.

  • ABUJA, May 1- Delegates to the World Economic Forum on Africa next week in the Nigerian capital Abuja will be in the right place to reflect on the rising continent's problems, as well as its undoubted potential.

  • Business spooked by UK tax avoidance clampdown Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 6:26 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 4- The activists who have protested in recent months at the tax arrangements of some leading British companies are united with many politicians in wanting to cut corporate tax avoidance.

  • By Guy Faulconbridge and Matt Falloon. MANCHESTER, England, Oct 2- Britain's opposition leader Ed Miliband cast himself as a humble man of the people on Tuesday in a confident speech, seeking to win over doubters and portray Prime Minister David Cameron as the product of a snobby education who has hurt the economy.

  • Two Cheers for Britain’s Bank Reform Plans Friday, 15 Jun 2012 | 2:43 AM ET
    Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne holds Disraeli's original budget box as he leaves 11 Downing Street for Parliament.

    The government appears to be taking the proposals of the Independent Commission on Banking, in the UK seriously and looks as if it may implement the majority of Sir John Vickers proposals, writes the Financial Times’ Martin Wolf.

  • Cameron to Urge Merkel to Act on Euro Zone Thursday, 7 Jun 2012 | 2:14 AM ET
    British Prime Minister David Cameron leaves 10 Downing Street on August 11, 2011 in London, England. Mr Cameron hosted a COBRA meeting and a cabinet meeting earlier this morning to discuss the current unrest that has spread across the country. Parliament has been recalled following four days of rioting across the UK.

    David Cameron will tell Angela Merkel on Thursday that she needs to act now to bring the eurozone back from the brink of disaster – a message likely to stoke irritation in Berlin and other eurozone capitals, the Finanical Times reports.

  • Britain to Bolster Investors’ Say on Pay Monday, 7 May 2012 | 1:46 AM ET

    Plans to give shareholders more power over boardroom pay will be given centre stage in the Queen’s Speech, as highly paid executives face another week of lambasting from shareholders, the Financial Times reports.

  • Sign of Things to Come? UK Voters Punish Incumbents Saturday, 5 May 2012 | 9:54 AM ET
    David Cameron

    Voters in the United Kingdom punished the coalition government’s two political parties at local elections across the country on Thursday in what will be seen by many as a rejection of the government’s austerity.

  • The First Electoral Test for UK Austerity Is Near Tuesday, 1 May 2012 | 3:35 AM ET
    David Cameron

    While the French presidential elections are drawing the attention of most in Europe, local elections in the UK, though unlikely to change the shape of Britain’s coalition government, could put pressure on its economic policy.

  • Sun Arrests Pile Pressure on Murdoch Media Empire Sunday, 12 Feb 2012 | 4:05 PM ET
    Rupert Murdoch

    Rupert Murdoch is under pressure over his Sun tabloid after the arrests of several senior staff in a corruption probe, but whistleblowers inside his media empire may pose more of a threat than the public outrage that towards his business empire that he was forced to give up his closed its sister paper.

  • UK to Keep Its Triple-A Rating for Now: City Analysts Tuesday, 17 Jan 2012 | 4:37 AM ET

    The United Kingdom will retain its triple-A credit rating this year thanks to the Bank of England’s policy of quantitative easing and demand for UK gilts, City-based analysts told CNBC.