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Scotland after independence outlined in white paper

GLASGOW, Scotland, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- The Scottish National Party urged citizens to weigh the country's bid for independence as they review the party's white paper on an independent Scotland.

Scotland releases independence timetable

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- If Scottish voters approve independence in an October 2014 referendum, the wish will become a fact in March 2016, the Scottish National Party said Tuesday.

Darling launches Better Together campaign

EDINBURGH, Scotland, June 25 (UPI) -- Former British Chancellor Alistair Darling said Monday Scottish independence from the United Kingdom would create a "one-way ticket to uncertainty."

Salmond kicks off independence campaign

EDINBURGH, Scotland, May 25 (UPI) -- Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has launched a drive to encourage his compatriots to vote for independence.

Miliband speech irks former Labor leaders

LIVERPOOL, England, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Members of Britain's last Labor government criticized party leader Ed Miliband Wednesday for a stem-winding speech on business practices.

Memoir details troubles with Gordon Brown

LONDON, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Leaked extracts from Alistair Darling's upcoming memoir suggest everyone had trouble with his predecessor as British chancellor, Gordon Brown.
Darling laments bonus pay tax

Darling laments bonus pay tax

LONDON, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Former British Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling said a tax on massive bank executive bonus checks had only a short-term effect.

London courting North Sea developers

LONDON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Energy companies will not explore the oil and gas resources near Scotland's Shetland Islands without significant economic incentives, ministers said.
Darling: Tories can't fund promises

Darling: Tories can't fund promises

LONDON, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- The British Conservative Party has made $55 billion in unfunded promises, Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling said Monday.
British bankers hit with steep bonus tax

British bankers hit with steep bonus tax

LONDON, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- British Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling announced a tax on bankers' bonus checks, but said in a budget presentation banks would foot the bill.

Bankers think lawsuit prior to 'supertax'

LONDON, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- A prominent tax accountant in Britain said bankers were inquiring about suing the government, which is contemplating a 50 percent bank bonus pay tax.

Unemployment expected to rise in Britain

LONDON, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Unemployment in Britain likely will continue to rise for "a while," Britain's chancellor of the exchequer said Thursday.

G20 finance ministers' climate role urged

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Finance ministers from the Group of 20 were urged at their summit in Scotland Saturday to get more involved in climate change.
Sarkozy, again, tied to G20 walkout threat

Sarkozy, again, tied to G20 walkout threat

PARIS, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- The secretary-general of the Elysee said French President Sarkozy could walk out on next week's Group of 20 meeting if leaders fail to act on bank bonuses.
Darling, Geithner, predict growth ahead

Darling, Geithner, predict growth ahead

LONDON, July 13 (UPI) -- U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said in London the U.S. and global economies are poised to make a recovery within the year.
Darling asks bankers to return to earth

Darling asks bankers to return to earth

LONDON, July 3 (UPI) -- Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling said some bankers have been "too complacent" about changing pay structures that encourage risk.
Growth to return in 2010, Darling says

Growth to return in 2010, Darling says

LONDON, May 20 (UPI) -- British Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling said he would stick to his prediction of economic growth in 2010.
Britain's gross domestic product tumbles

Britain's gross domestic product tumbles

LONDON, April 24 (UPI) -- Britain's gross domestic product dropped 1.9 percent in the first quarter of 2009, the sharpest fall in 30 years, the government said Friday.

Britain is first to budget emissions

LONDON, April 23 (UPI) -- British government officials announced the country will limit its carbon dioxide emissions through legally binding regulations.
Brown unveils push for electric cars

Brown unveils push for electric cars

LONDON, April 8 (UPI) -- Trials for new all-electric cars are expected to begin as soon as next year in two or three British cities, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said.

Poll: Most believe MPs abuse expenses

LONDON, April 7 (UPI) -- A large majority of Britons believe that members of Parliament are abusing their expense system and allowances, a poll published Tuesday indicates.

Britain's budget may include tax hike

LONDON, April 6 (UPI) -- British Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling has reduced his economic forecast, perhaps setting the stage for a budgetary request for higher taxes.

Darling calls for concerted fiscal action

HORSHAM, England, March 14 (UPI) -- Failure to take coordinated global action will only make the recession worse, British Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling says.

Britain may offer Lloyds Group a new deal

LONDON, March 6 (UPI) -- The British government may increase its stake in Lloyds Banking Group to 70 percent with a new bailout deal, reports say.

Government approved pension, exec says

LONDON, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Former Royal Bank of Scotland executive Fred Goodwin said British Financial Services Secretary Paul Myners approved his $1 million annual pension pay.
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