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Warning over legality of Scottish referendum

The Scottish Government risks flouting a "fundamental principle of democracy" if it stages an "unlawful" vote on independence, the Advocate General for Scotland said today.

Alex Salmond makes offer on referendum talks

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has accused the UK Government of "bullying" Scottish voters over plans for an independence referendum but agreed to hold talks with David Cameron on the way forward.

Alex Salmond, Scotland's First Minister and Scottish National Party leader

Alex Salmond resists referendum calls

Alex Salmond has dismissed fresh attempts at the Scottish Parliament to force an early referendum on independence.

Alex Salmond, Scotland's First Minister and Scottish National Party leader

Parties unite over deal to stop Scots independence vote causing a crisis

A deal to head off a constitutional crisis over plans for a referendum on Scottish independence was emerging last night as the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats joined forces to oppose the break-up of the United Kingdom.

Alex Salmond, Scotland's First Minister and Scottish National Party leader

Alex Salmond: If we Scots choose independence, prosperity will come with it

The infamous "parcel o' rogues" immortalised in verse by Robert Burns were the members of the then independent Scottish Parliament who were seen to sell their nation's sovereignty for financial reward. That of course was in the early 18th century, long before any concept of true democracy or a popular mandate emanating from a free and fair election.

Alex Salmond, Scotland's First Minister and Scottish National Party leader

Alex Salmond: False claims won't deny us our place in the family of nations

The ham-fisted antics of Cameron and Osborne will only increase support for Scottish independence

David Cameron and Ed Miliband unite to back union

David Cameron and Ed Miliband joined forces today in pledging to fight to keep Scotland in the United Kingdom, as Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond told Westminster politicians to "butt out" of the debate.

Alex Salmond with Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon yesterday

Defiant Salmond to hold independence vote in 2014

Alex Salmond last night fired the starting gun for a "battle for Britain" as he announced plans to hold a referendum on Scottish independence in the autumn of 2014.

Leading article: Playing a risky game on Scottish independence

At first glance, the Prime Minister's efforts to seize the initiative on Scottish independence appear to be a clever piece of manoeuvring. On closer examination, however, they look worryingly like another instance of government by short-term tactics, of a desire for boldness that does not take account of the full spectrum of consequences.

ALEX SALMOND: The Scottish First Minister wants to hold a referendum in the autumn of 2014

Coalition divided over Cameron's plans on Scottish independence

Cameron faces opposition from Liberal Democrats over plan to require SNP to stage poll in 18 months

A statue of Robert the Bruce at Bannockburn

Spirit of Bannockburn thrives north of the border

While symbols of nationalism proliferate at the site of the battle, not everyone's mind is made up, says Hamish Macdonell

Uncertainty 'harming Scotland's economy'

Uncertainty about Scotland's future in the United Kingdom is having a damaging effect on its economy, David Cameron has warned.

Scots offered vote on breakaway next year

David Cameron is to take the high-risk gamble of offering to hold a referendum on Scottish independence next year. He aims to call Alex Salmond's bluff by challenging him to stage a vote on Scotland's place in the UK within 18 months.

Surjit Singh Chhokar who was stabbed through the heart in 1998 in Lanarkshire

Chhokar case must be re-examined, says former top policeman

Advances in forensic science could reinvigorate the inquiry into the death of Surjit Singh Chhokar who was stabbed to death by a white gang.

Cornish devolution campaign revived by show of pan-Celtic political unity

A campaign aiming for devolution for Cornwall as a “historic Celtic nation” within the United Kingdom has been revived, with fresh support from Welsh politicians.

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