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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.

British Labour Party leader Ed Miliband suffered a double blow on Saturday after former party leader and Prime Minister Tony Blair was alleged to have said Miliband will not beat current PM David Cameron at next year's election. The news comes as  the leader of the Scottish Labour party stood down, citing dissatisfaction with Miliband's leadership.

Britain's Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has used his closing speech to his party's autumn conference to attack both the Conservative and Labour parties for what he called their "tawdry Westminster politics". He said the Scottish referendum had opened the way for a new kind of politics, giving power back to the people.

Now that Scotland has voted no to devolution, the fallout is being felt over questions of how fairly the UK is represented. Downing Street insists more powers will be handed to Scotland but it has raised the issue over whether only English MPs should vote for English laws. VoR's Brendan Cole hosts a discussion.

British Prime Minister David Cameron says he will apologise to Queen Elizabeth II in person for his comments about how she "purred" down the telephone when he told her that Scotland had rejected independence last week.

British PM David Cameron on Monday hosted a summit of senior Conservative MPs to discuss plans to limit the Commons voting rights of Scottish MPs. The so called West Lothian question outlines whether Scottish MPs should vote on English matters but has also sparked a wider debate about a more decentralised Britain. VoR's Brendan Cole reports.

British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has called on PM David Cameron to deliver promises of extra powers to Scotland with 'no ifs and no buts,' following the Prime Minister’s call for greater devolvement within England.

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 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.

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. 

Voting is currently underway across Scotland as the country decides whether the country should become independent or remain within the United Kingdom. VoR's Tim Walklate has been out onto the streets of Edinburgh to gauge the atmosphere ahead of tomorrow morning’s historic announcement.

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.

With feelings running high on the eve of what promises to be a close-run referendum on Scottish independence, VoR's Tim Ecott spoke to Janet Fenton of the Scottish CND and Labour Party political adviser John McTernan for different viewpoints on the multiple issues involved.

The Scottish referendum is the vote of a generation, and key to Alex Salmond's success in coralling the Yes vote has been social media. Most of the mainstream media has been against him, with only one newspaper, the Herald, supporting his cause. So why has the media coverage been lacking balance? VoR's Alex Pichaloff takes a look.

It is the decision of a lifetime for Scotland, as Thursday sees its residents go to the polls when they decide whether to vote for independence. VoR's Brendan Cole hosts a discussion on what the political landscape might look like when the dust settles.


On the eve of the Scottish referendum, VoR's Tim Ecott has been out and about on the streets of Edinburgh talking to both unionists and nationalists. Although the debate has been largely polite and peaceful, if robust, he says digging a little deeper into the Scottish psyche reveals a potentially more worrying issue.

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