FROM Kate Devlin
Scotland Votes Down Independence Despite recent polls showing it too close to call, Scottish voters decided yesterday to keep the United Kingdom together by a margin of 55 percent to 45. The concession by Alex Salmond, says it all. He was the leader of the independence movement. Salmond has resigned as First Minister of Scotland. Kate Devlin is political correspondent for the Herald of Glasgow.
Lead-up to the Scottish Independence Vote Britain’s three political parties don’t agree on much, but they are united in wanting Scotland to remain in the United Kingdom. Prime Minister David Cameron warns that independence would lead to a “painful divorce.” Will Scotland vote to go it alone on Thursday? Kate Devlin is political correspondent for The Herald of Glasgow.
Scotland Poised to Vote on Independence It’s been 307 years since Scotland and England became the United Kingdom, but generations of Scots have never lost their yearning for independence. In 1997, they established their own Parliament but, for many, that isn’t enough. In less than two weeks, all residents 16 and over will have a chance to create a separate county. Just one vote could make the difference. We’ll hear what that means for Britain’s identity crisis, and for independence movements in Spain, Italy and other countries in the European Union.
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Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.