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Scottish independence to damage Britain’s reputation

Pro-independence supporters take part in a rally in Princes Street gardens in Edinburgh. Photo: Reuters

Britain’s international reputation will be damaged if Scotland becomes independent in a referendum next year, a powerful committee of lawmakers warned in a report published on Wednesday.

Wednesday, 1 May, 2013, 11:02pm

Taiwan's president rules out seeking independence

Ma Ying-jeou with a mural of the "Wang-Koo summit" yesterday. Photo: AFP

Reiterating that his mainland policy falls within the "framework of the Republic of China [Taiwan's official title] constitution", Ma said his administration maintains that the interests of the Taiwanese people must always come first. When it comes to handling cross-strait issues, his government would continue to address issues based on how easily they may be handled. Therefore, tackling economic issues would take priority in his cross-strait policy before turning to political issues.

30 Apr 2013 - 5:34am

Scotland sets date for independence referendum

Scotland's First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party Salmond and his deputy leader Nicola Sturgeon chat to schoolchildren outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. Photo: Reuters

Scotland will hold an independence referendum on September 18, next year, to decide if its five million people should end a 300-year-old union and leave the United Kingdom.

22 Mar 2013 - 2:07am

British PM David Cameron urges Scots not to split from union

British Prime Minister David Cameron. Photo: AFP

In his latest attempt to convince Scots ahead of a referendum on independence next year, Cameron urged Scotland to avoid breaking the nation apart, saying that it had the best of both worlds as things are.

10 Feb 2013 - 10:46am

What price is the FT's independence?

The FT's future is in doubt as Pearson's new chief executive John Fallon does not appear to care much about newspapers. Photo: Bloomberg

One of the remarks I cherish from my young career as a reporter came from a hard-bitten Fleet Street veteran on the eve of my departure from Britain's Daily Telegraph group to join the foreign desk of the Financial Times. "This is your funeral as a journalist," he proclaimed. "The Financial Times is not a newspaper; it is a trade magazine for the City."

9 Jan 2013 - 4:08am

Independent Scotland will have to re-apply to join EU

British Prime Minister David Cameron shakes hands with Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond outside St Andrews House in Edinburgh on October 15. Photo: AFP

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said on Monday a newly independent state would have to apply to join the European Union, casting doubt on assertions that an independent Scotland would automatically become a member of the bloc.

11 Dec 2012 - 3:48pm

Flag-wavers have right to be ridiculous

Let us defend their right to be ridiculous.

What should be done with people who tried to provoke the government and Beijing by waving the British colonial flag during protests? Absolutely nothing. Lawmaker "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-hung has a closet full of Che Guevara T-shirts. No one would waste time trying to tell him to wear something else.

6 Nov 2012 - 4:44pm 8 comments