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    How would an independent Scotland join the EU?

    An independent Scotland would not have to join the EU. But most Scots want Scotland to be an EU member. It has been SNP...

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    Cameron hints at risk to exporters from Scottish independence

    David Cameron has suggested that exporters based in an independent Scotland would suffer as a result of losing access to the...

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  1. July 22, 2014

    Glasgow set for political games

    George Osborne promised £24m of funding for Glasgow’s life sciences, business and arts sectors on Tuesday, on the eve of...

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    July 22, 2014

    Going for gold in Glasgow

    Frank Augstein/AP Players of Malawi practice netball one day before the opening of the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow,...

  3. July 21, 2014

    Scotland’s financial sector at ‘risk’

    Scotland’s financial services industry would be put at “significant risk” by the creation of a border with the rest of the...

  4. July 20, 2014

    Yes or No – Scotland looks set for significant fiscal change

    Britain has become so transfixed by the idea that Scotland could become an ­independent country that it has paid relatively...

  5. July 20, 2014

    Scots are warned to beware ‘Montreal effect’ on companies

    What would a No vote mean for Scottish companies? A new term is starting to pop up in conversations in the business...

  6. July 20, 2014

    UK attracts record number of foreign investment projects

    The UK has attracted the largest number of inward investment projects since records began in the 1980s, according to...

  7. July 18, 2014

    The Slow Lane: A love letter to Scotland

    Ayear or so ago, in Edinburgh, a Danish friend asked me what I thought about Scottish independence. I replied that I felt...

  8. July 17, 2014

    Alex Salmond in appeal to English businesses

    Scotland’s first minister has urged English businesses to back independence, saying the break-up of the UK will not cause...

  9. July 17, 2014

    Alex Salmond fishes for support in Liverpool over Scotland

    He came, he saw, he did not quite conquer. Alex Salmond attempted to enlist Liverpool, England’s most contrarian city, in...

  10. July 17, 2014

    Ineos secures £230m UK government backing to expand Grangemouth

    Ineos has received a government loan guarantee to build Europe’s largest ethane storage tank at Grangemouth, offering a...

  11. July 16, 2014

    Cheap bet on a Scottish ‘yes’ vote

    Investors in UK government bonds are being advised by Citi Research to insure against Scots voting for independence in...

  12. July 16, 2014

    Scotland’s ‘missing million’ will decide result of referendum

    If the Scottish nationalists are going to win this year’s independence referendum, they will rely on the votes of people...

  13. July 16, 2014

    Scottish economy returns to pre-crisis size

    Scotland’s economy has recovered from all the damage it suffered during the downturn, surpassing its pre-crisis size sooner...

  14. July 15, 2014

    UK space industry poised for lift-off

    Space tourism and the continued rapid growth of Britain’s space industry will provide a £1bn annual boost to the economy,...

  15. July 15, 2014

    The ‘glorious’ Anglo-Scottish union belongs to a past era

    On the old Scottish parliament’s last day, when the 1707 union with England had been agreed, the Lord High Commissioner...

  16. July 15, 2014

    Scotland launches domain name .scot

    Scotland launched its own web domain on Tuesday, allowing people to choose web addresses ending with .scot instead of...

  17. July 14, 2014

    ‘Scotsie 100’ undone by dire performance of banks

    Investors who put money into Scottish shares 60 years ago would have made only half as much as those who bought stock in the...

  18. July 14, 2014

    Alistair Darling urges less vitriol in Scotland debate

    The debate over Scottish independence has become so bitter that it risks damaging the country in the long term whatever the...

  19. July 14, 2014

    Northeast England maintains lead in business activity growth

    Northeast England achieved the UK’s fastest rise in business activity for a second consecutive month in June, reinforcing...

  20. July 13, 2014

    Thales warns on Scottish independence

    Thales has become the latest defence contractor in Scotland to warn about the risks of independence, as its UK chief...

  21. July 13, 2014

    STV strikes broadcast and pension deals to secure momentous year

    STV struck two deals last week that will mark a high point in an already momentous year for the independent broadcaster. On...

  22. July 13, 2014

    Hadrian’s Wall Trust knocked down as spending cuts bite

    Hadrian’s Wall, one of the northernmost boundaries of the Roman Empire, is renowned worldwide but the organisation...

  23. July 13, 2014

    A Scottish Yes vote would see the gloves come off

    One of the stranger customs in the US is that every year Americans celebrate Independence Day on July 4. But July 4 1776 was...

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    July 13, 2014

    The Scottish government is misleading Scots about oil

    Why North Sea oil and gas is important Without North Sea oil and gas it is unlikely that there would even be a referendum on...

  25. July 11, 2014

    Scotland, Brexit and Labour worry banks

    “Scottish independence, Brexit and a Labour government: those are the three low-probability, high-impact risks for the UK...

  26. July 10, 2014

    UK fiscal watchdog cuts North Sea oil revenue forecast

    The UK’s Office for Budget Responsibility has dealt a blow to Scottish independence campaigners, cutting its expectations...

  27. July 9, 2014

    Cash predicted to flow out of Scotland after Yes vote

    British banks face a serious risk of Scottish depositors shifting their money south of the border if there is a Yes vote in...

  28. July 9, 2014

    MPs urge ministers to devolve more powers to English regions

    MPs have urged ministers to show the same enthusiasm for devolving fiscal and spending powers in England as they have in...

  29. July 8, 2014

    Business should be heard on Scotland

    Over the past seven months there have been accusations of bullying aplenty in the Scottish independence debate. Many of...

  30. July 8, 2014

    Surge in funding for campaign against Scotland’s independence

    Billionaire bankers, property companies and Conservative party supporters have led a deluge of donations to Scotland’s...

  31. July 8, 2014

    Yes vote will end Scottish shipbuilding, union bosses say

    The shipbuilding industry in Scotland will die if the country becomes independent, according to union bosses, who say...

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    July 8, 2014

    Voting Yes for venture capitalism in Scotland

    For some voters in September’s referendum, independence offers the prospect of Scotland “becoming the European social...

  33. July 7, 2014

    Scots nationalists accused of bullying

    Business leaders have complained about aggressive tactics being used by Scottish ministers as the independence debate...

  34. July 6, 2014

    Scottish private sector less productive than rest of UK, says study

    Scotland suffers from a large and persistent productivity gap with the rest of the UK, according to academic research that...

  35. July 4, 2014

    Cycling through the Outer Hebrides

    The pause was just a moment too long. “Hills?” my guide repeated, searching for the right words of encouragement as I lay in...

  36. July 4, 2014

    Warship sails into battle for defence of the UK

    HMS Queen Elizabeth was called into action for the first time on Friday, as the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier – a...

  37. July 3, 2014

    David Cameron makes patriotic plea to Scots

    David Cameron has taken on Alex Salmond in a battle for the emotions of the Scots, declaring: “It would break my heart to...

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    July 3, 2014

    The myth of the unnoticed SNP surge

    In the comments to an earlier post on whether the Yes vote in the independence referendum is being exaggerated, JeanJacques...

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