16 September 2014 - Scotland: last moves
UK party leaders issue joint pledge to give Scottish parliament new powers
Press Association (The Guardian)
The leaders of the UK's three main political parties have signed a pledge to give more powers for Scotland if it rejects independence.
David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg have signed a letter that appears on the front page of Tuesday's Daily Record newspaper.
It promises "extensive new powers" for the Scottish parliament "delivered by the process and to the timetable agreed" by the three parties, and says the Scottish parliament will be made permanent.
The yes campaign said a vote for independence in Thursday's referendum was the only way to guarantee Scotland got the powers it needed.
In the joint letter, the party leaders say they agree that "the UK exists to ensure opportunity and security for all by sharing our resources equitably across all four nations".
Jim Armitage (The Independent)
Britain’s banks have been quietly moving millions of banknotes north of the border to cope with any surge in demand by Scots to withdraw cash in the event of a Yes vote in Thursday's independence referendum, it has emerged.
Sources told The Independent the moves have been taking place over the past week or so in order to make sure ATMs do not run out on Friday in the event of a panic reaction to a “yes” vote. There have been some suggestions that people will want to move their money to English banks in the event of an independence vote.
Bankers stressed there has been no sign yet of any increase in the amount of withdrawals from deposit accounts or ATMs, stressing that there was no need because the Bank of England has pledged to stand behind all accounts for at least 18 months in the event of a “yes” vote.
Staff (The Express)
A HOLIDAYMAKER believes Scottish independence is on the horizon after capturing this image of a cloud shaped like the UK – without Scotland.
Gillian Degnan, 44, was basking in the sun in Sardinia this summer when she captured the picture, which she claims could be an omen.
She grew up in the village of Fairlie in North Ayrshire, Scotland, but is not eligible to vote as she has lived in Nottingham for 20 years.
The engineer said: “I was on my sun lounger when I spotted it in the sky.
Zeke J Miller (The Time)
The United States continues to have concerns about the Scottish independence efforts as Thursday’s vote approaches, the White House indicated Monday.
Speaking to reporters at the daily press briefing, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said it was up to the people of Scotland to decide their fate in this week’s referendum, but that the U.S. has a “deep interest” in a united United Kingdom.
“This is a decision for the people of Scotland to make,” Earnest said. “We certainly respect the right of individual Scots to make a decision along these lines. But, you know, as the president himself said, we have an interest in seeing the United Kingdom remain strong, robust, united and an effective partner.”
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