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Polish employees at a Lidl supermarket in Kirkcaldy, Fife have been told to speak only English on the premises. Under threat of dismissal they were banned from using Polish at all, apparently even on their breaks.


A majority of Scots would back independence if another referendum were held today, according to a poll published on Saturday, just six weeks after Scotland voted against leaving the United Kingdom.

The latest poll figures by Ipsos Mori reveal it isn’t only the Conservative Party that is unpopular in Scotland. Support for Labour leader Ed Miliband stands at an abysmal 18%, and it appears the Labour Party is in danger of losing the vast majority of its seats in Scotland, even in areas traditionally considered to be Labour strongholds. Carmen Cracknell reports.

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The oil field which helped kick-start the North Sea oil boom in the 1970s now looks set to be approaching the end of its useful life.  Anglo-Dutch energy company, Royal Dutch Shell, has announced that it will close two of its three remaining platforms this weekend, while the third will be decommissioned in the near future. It raises questions as to the future for Britain’s energy dependencies and whether North Sea oil and gas are now things of the past. VoR's Tim Walklate has more.

The SNP has claimed that Westminster is squirming out of its pre-referendum pledge to devolve more political powers to Scotland. But in the House of Commons debate, Conservative MP and leader of the house, William Hague, said the government was on track to deliver the changes promised to Scotland. The cabinet Minister is responsible for leading discussions on devolution. VoR's Flo Neve reports.

It's been announced that ScotRail train services will be run by the Dutch company Abellio from April next year. Handing the management and revenue stream of such a key piece of infrastructure to yet another foreign company has provoked anger among Scottish politicians. VoR's Tim Ecott spoke to Mark Griffin, Labour's shadow transport minister in the Scottish parliament.

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British Prime Minister David Cameron is hosting a summit of senior Conservative MPs at his country residence, Chequers, to discuss plans to limit the voting rights of Scottish MPs in the House of Commons.

This, they said, was a political bombshell. A democratic earthquake. A world-changing event which would change the face of politics in Scotland, then England, then Catalonia and Sardinia, the Faroe Islands and who knew where else around the globe? VoR's Tim Ecott looks deeper into the Scottish vote on independence.

The Scottish referendum is the main topic in Telling It Like It Is, as discussed by political analyst Alexander Nekrassov and the US-based broadcaster and writer Jeffrey Robinson. Brendan Cole asks the questions. Other topics include the threat of the Islamic State and U2’s musical ambitions.

Hours after the 'No' result of the independence campaign he spearheaded, Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond announced that he is to stand down as first minister and as Scottish National Party leader at the SNP conference in November. He stressed, however, that he has "no intention of retiring from Scottish politics."

The Spanish government today welcomed Scotland's 'No' vote on independence, but Catalans set on breaking away from Spain pushed ahead for their own ballot on self-rule. 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.

Scotland has voted to remain within the United Kingdom in the country’s historic referendum on independence. VoR's Tim Walklate went on to the streets of Edinburgh and asked Yes and No voters for their reaction to the result and their hopes for the future of their country.

Scotland has voted to remain within the United Kingdom in the country’s historic referendum on independence. Just over 55 percent of the electorate voted ‘No’ in a referendum which had a turnout of over 85 percent. From Edinburgh, VoR's Tim Walklate followed the results through the night.

UK banks and asset managers led London equity indexes higher on Friday after Scottish voters rejected independence, prompting a relief rally from investors who had been concerned the United Kingdom might break up.

In the wake of the Scottish referendum result, local authorities are demanding more locally delegated powers at county and borough level. The Local Government Association says the fact that Scotland has held on to a special funding arrangement and been given more powers means that English local authorities need the same.

Scottish First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party Alex Salmond speaking in the early hours of Friday morning called for David Cameron to deliver on his promises to give Scotland more powers. Cameron said he would introduce devolution legislation by January 2015, alongside a "fair settlement" for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Scotland narrowly voted to remain part of the United Kingdom after a tense night counting votes following Thursday’s referendum. With all votes declared, 55% voted No to independence, against 45% voting Yes, on an enormous turnout of 84.6% which is unprecedented in recent history.

Votes cast for and against Scotland's independence in a historic referendum were running virtually neck and neck, early results showed on Friday as the count continued, but leading "No" campaigners suggested that victory was in sight. By 0500 UK time, the No vote was in the lead by 54% to 46% with nine counts still to come.


As we await the outcome of the Scottish referendum on independence and the possibility of it leaving the United Kingdom, it is worth dwelling for a few moments on what the Scots have given to the world. Their innovators and engineers have changed the face of the world - from steam engines to television, the telephone and penicillin. 

The British newspapers on Thursday morning came out in stark agreement that David Cameron's handling of the Scottish referendum has been – at best – naive, if not incompetent. He will face a backbench backlash for having stumbled into a corner where – whatever the outcome of today's referendum – the political landscape of Britain will have to change forever.

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