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    British, Scottish Leaders Strike Referendum Deal

    Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (R) shakes hands with the First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond (L), July 8, 2012.
    Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (R) shakes hands with the First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond (L), July 8, 2012.
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    British and Scottish leaders have signed a deal on a referendum that could lead to Scotland's independence.
     
    British Prime Minister David Cameron and Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond signed an agreement Monday in Edinburgh that finalizes details for a vote in late 2014 on whether Scotland should become an independent country or stay within the United Kingdom.
     
    Cameron's meeting with Salmond in the Scottish capital follows months of negotiations. The British prime minister opposes a breakaway, but agrees it is up to the Scottish people to decide their future in a vote.
     
    A survey released earlier this month suggests only about 28 percent of Scots support independence.
     
    England and Scotland were joined by acts passed in 1707.
     
    British rule currently covers England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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    by: Kevin P. Smyth from: Scotland
    October 15, 2012 12:00 PM
    1707 was an act of subordination humiliation and servitude... the UK is a treacherous malignity a subversive entity and an insidious "alley" as the US is learning very well... strong fences make good neighbors...

    by: 9dharma from: China
    October 15, 2012 11:03 AM
    if scotland breaks away from U.K., it is really a pity. painful to Britain

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