Merkel Counting on Scots No Vote Shows Europe Unprepared
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government is counting on Scots to reject independence and hasn’t made contingency plans for a U.K. split, underscoring a lack of preparedness across Europe before today’s referendum.While Merkel has avoided weighing in on Scotland’s future, German policy makers view independence as an ill-advised choice for Scots and are concerned it would spur separatism in other European Union countries such as Spain, according to three government officials in Berlin who asked not to be named because the discussions are private.The possible breakup of the EU’s third-biggest economy has been low on Europe’s agenda as leaders focused on Ukraine and the advance of Islamic State militants in Iraq. While the “yes” campaign for Scottish independence gathered steam, Merkel spent days campaigning in three German state elections.
Last Updated (Thursday, 18 September 2014 19:20)
The Telegraph can disclose the French, Spanish and Belgian governments have rejected Mr Salmond's claim in a TV interview that he has held talks with them over EU membership. Alex Salmond claimed he has spoken to the Spanish, French, Italians and Belgians
Thursday, 18 September 2014 18:32
The Telegraph can disclose the French, Spanish and Belgian governments have rejected Mr Salmond's claim in a TV interview that he has held talks with them over EU membership.
Alex Salmond has been accused of deliberately misleading Scots about an independent Scotland’s EU status after European governments rejected his claim in a major TV interview that he has consulted them.
The First Minister told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show at the weekend that he had spoken to the Spanish, French, Italians and Belgians about his assertion that a separate Scotland would start life in the EU.
Could independent Scotland become a backdoor into England for thousands of immigrants? How Salmond plans to open borders to 24,000 every year
Thursday, 18 September 2014 09:42
Salmond wants a rise in net migration of 24,000 each year
It means an additional 9,000 annually above ONS forecasts
But he also wants to maintain open borders like England and Ireland
Thousands of workers are needed in Scotland to fund the state pension
Poll reveals 700,000 Scots would consider moving south after independence
Parliament could be recalled on Saturday if Scotland votes Yes and Cameron becomes the Prime Minister who broke up the Union
Thursday, 18 September 2014 05:44
MPs could be summoned to Westminster to hear first reaction to the result
Cameron will face immediate pressure to explain the impact of independence
He insists he will not resign as PM if the vote goes against him
It would be the first time Parliament sat on a Saturday since the Falklands
Even with a No vote, Cameron under fire over more powers to Scotland
English Tories warn Cameron of a bloodbath over his extra cash and powers for Scotland: Pledge to maintain controversial public spending formula branded 'last-minute bribe'
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 19:53
Three main parties promise £1,300 more than average spent on every Scot
It is part of Barnett funding formula called 'grossly unfair' by own founder
Today Survation poll for the Mail finds even Scots think disparity is unjust
One Tory MP: 'Panicked offers' mean Alex Salmond has won either way
Birmingham City Council confirms 6,000 jobs to go
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 19:39
A further 6,000 jobs will be cut at Birmingham City Council in the next four years, the authority's leader has said, making the workforce about a third of the size it was in 2010.
Sir Albert Bore said forecasts suggested there would be just 7,000 full-time staff by 2018.
He said the cuts equated to double the number of workers who lost jobs at the Longbridge car plant in 2005.
He blamed an "unfair distribution" of national government cuts.
European court adds hundreds of millions to UK bank taxes
Thursday, 18 September 2014 18:22
VAT ruling means tax will be charged on services between banks' international operations in latest ruling to hit UK financial sector
London Skyline at dusk. Mazars executive fired after applying for top job sues for £1m
The ruling will disproportionately hit the UK since it has Europe's biggest financial sector Photo: Alamy
Riot police fire tear gas on Calais migrants as they try to keep them away from UK-bound lorries
Thursday, 18 September 2014 05:58
Around 250 migrants yesterday morning rushed vehicles queuing to board ferries
Calais has been at the centre of numerous disturbances in recent weeks
Authorities desperately trying to stem growing numbers making their way across Channel to Britain
EU officials, already vexed by 'British question' must consider Scotland too Yes vote to independence will take EU into uncharted waters, and could see Scotland clamouring to join while England leaves
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 20:13
A new regime is just taking shape in Brussels, readying to run the European Union for the next five years. Already it is clear that the three big items sitting in the in-trays for the new commission, the new parliament and the new president of the European council include what is known in Brussels as "the British question" – whether the UK stays in the EU and on what terms.
The British question could be very soon superseded or joined by "the Scottish question" – the riddle of Scotland's future in Europe should it opt to go it alone and quit the UK.
FARAGE RE-ELECTED UNOPPOSED AS UKIP LEADER
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 19:49
Nigel Farage has announced that he is "very pleased" to have been re-elected as leader of the UK Independence Party. His four year term had been due to end on the 5th November, but he will now continue to lead his party into next year’s landmark general election.
The Returning Officer, UKIP General Secretary Roger Bird, confirmed that as only one nomination had been received, Nigel Farage had been re-elected unopposed as UKIP Leader. His new term will begin on 5th November.
Farage is a charismatic personality and an immensely popular leader. At a time when British membership of political parties is at an all time low, Ukip has seen its membership skyrocket, more than doubling in the last three years to reach 38,000 this summer. The party is well on course to overtake the Liberal Democrats in terms of membership numbers by the next election.
Labour To 'Cancel Annual Party Conference' If Scotland Votes 'Yes'
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 19:30
The Labour Party is preparing to cancel the bulk of its party conference next week in the event of a Yes vote in the Scottish independence referendum, the Huffington Post UK has learned.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, senior Labour sources confirmed that the party high command would cancel all speeches and fringe events, with the exception of the keynote address from Labour leader Ed Miliband next Tuesday, if the Scots vote for independence this coming Thursday.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 17 September 2014 19:34)
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