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LONDON (AP) — British opposition leaders are pressuring the government to act on climate change after weeks of protests put the issue at the heart of political debate.
LONDON (AP) — Scotland should hold a new referendum on independence from the U.K. by 2021 if Britain leaves the European Union, Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon said Wednesday, even as she...
Another week, more UK jockeying over who controls Brexit
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May faces another bruising week in Parliament as lawmakers plan to challenge her minority Conservative government for control of Brexit policy.
Amendments designed to change the course of Britain's planned March 29 departure from the European Union escalated the political jockeying. Several would delay the exit or make a Brexit without a divorce deal with the EU impossible.
Scotland’s leader refers herself to standards panel
LONDON (AP) — The head of Scotland's government is referring herself to a watchdog panel because she spoke with a former mentor after sexual harassment allegations were made against him.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says she met with Alex Salmond three times and spoke with him on the phone twice after two women brought allegations against him to the Scottish government a year ago.
Scottish leader pulls out of media event featuring Bannon
LONDON (AP) — Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has pulled out of an Edinburgh conference because former White House strategist Steve Bannon is scheduled to speak at the event.
In a tweet Saturday, Sturgeon said she believes "passionately in free speech" but declares she "would not be part of any process that risks legitimizing or normalizing far-right, racist views."
Scottish leader supports calls for new Brexit referendum
LONDON (AP) — Scotland's leader said Sunday that her nationalist party will support a new referendum on Britain's divorce from the European Union if Parliament gets a vote on it.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the Scottish National Party "wouldn't stand in the way of a second referendum."
Sturgeon told the BBC the party's lawmakers in London "would undoubtedly vote for that proposition."
Britain as a whole voted in 2016 to leave the EU but Scottish voters backed staying in the bloc
Nobel prize-winning economist James Mirrlees dies at 82
LONDON (AP) — Cambridge University says economist James Mirrlees, the co-winner of the 1996 Nobel prize in economics, has died. He was 82.
Mirrlees, who died Wednesday, studied public economics, or the role of the public sector in the market economy.
He examined devising an optimal income tax regime balancing efficiency and equity. He shared the Nobel with William Vickrey of Columbia University.
LONDON (AP) — Glasgow has suffered a major blow as a second severe fire in four years has gutted the historic Glasgow School of Art, one of the Scottish city's most beloved cultural treasures.
Fire officials said Saturday the fire was mostly under control and that there seemed to be no casualties, but said that every floor of the historic building at the heart of the city center was damaged.
Famed Glasgow art school ravaged by fire again
LONDON (AP) — A large blaze ripped through an architecturally important building at the Glasgow School of Art, the second time in four years that fire has damaged the famed Scottish school.
More than 60 firefighters were battling the blaze early Saturday morning, and images posted on social media showed flames and smoke billowing from the roof of the Glasgow School of Art's Mackintosh Building.
Sturgeon expresses horror at bullying incident
LONDON (AP) — Scotland's first minister has expressed horror at the image of a Scottish government employee gagged and taped to a chair in an alleged bullying incident by her colleagues.
Nicola Sturgeon has ordered a review into the case of DeeAnn Fitzpatrick, who has complained of bullying and misogyny while working at the offices of Marine Scotland.
Her case is before an employment tribunal, but the image of the incident obtained by the BBC has caused shock.
LONDON (AP) — Bargain booze has become a little more expensive in Scotland, which says it is the first country in the world to introduce minimum unit pricing for alcohol.
From Tuesday, retailers must charge at least 50 pence (68 cents) per unit, amounting to about 70 pence for a bottle of beer or 5 pounds for a bottle of wine.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon praised Scotland for being "bold enough and brave enough" to take the step.
Ex-Scottish leader criticized for show on Moscow-backed RT
LONDON (AP) — Former Scottish pro-independence leader Alex Salmond is to host a talk show on the state-funded Russian network RT — news that has drawn criticism from some British politicians.
The former Scottish first minister says "The Alex Salmond Show" will feature interviews with guests from the world of business, entertainment and politics. The weekly program will make its debut Thursday.
UK official apologizes for Harvey Weinstein remark
LONDON (AP) — A British Cabinet minister has apologized after joking that being interviewed by a senior BBC radio presenter was like "going into Harvey Weinstein's bedroom."
Environment Secretary Michael Gove sent a tweet apologizing "unreservedly" for making a "clumsy attempt at humour" when the BBC's John Humphrys, known for his tough interviewing style, asked what it was like to appear on the network's flagship morning radio program "Today."
Scottish leader asks May for ‘urgent clarity’ on Brexit plan
LONDON (AP) — Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon on Friday demanded that British Prime Minister Theresa May provide "urgent clarity" on plans for a transition period after Britain leaves the European Union, saying she is concerned the country is heading for a "no-deal" Brexit.
Britain is due to leave the EU in March 2019, but May suggested last month that the U.K. could keep paying the bloc in order to keep relations largely unchanged during a two-year "implementation period."
Scottish Leader Delays Independence Referendum
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says Britain's prime minister is doing nothing to break an impasse over Scotland's future after Brexit, but she ruled out holding a referendum on independence without the British government's support.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Scotland's leader Nicola Sturgeon, who has been a critic of Donald Trump, said Wednesday she would agree to meet the U.S. president and try to build on the already strong relationship between Scotland and the United States.
But the first minister of Scotland said in an interview with The Associated Press that she also strongly believes it's important "to stand up and champion values that we hold dear and not allow a diplomatic silence to get in the way of doing that."
Scottish Leader, a Trump Critic, Would Meet Him
PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Tuesday that independence from the United Kingdom, combined with partnerships around the world, is the best way for her country to build a fairer society at home and to make a positive contribution elsewhere.
Sturgeon made the comments while addressing academics and students at Stanford University in California during her weeklong tour of the United States,
Visiting Stanford, Scottish Leader Pans Brexit
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has signed a climate change agreement with California Gov. Jerry Brown at the start of a five-day visit to the U.S. that comes as Scotland considers its independence from the United Kingdom.
In June, the U.K. voted to leave the European Union sparking outrage in Scotland where the majority was opposed. Sturgeon says Scotland is planning to hold a referendum on Scottish independence sometime between fall 2018 and spring 2019.
Scottish Leader Starts US Visit as Brexit Looms
Scotland’s Nicola Sturgeon formally requests referendum
LONDON (AP) — Scotland's first minister formally requested a second referendum on independence on Friday, declaring that Scots have the right to exercise their right of self-determination.
Scottish lawmakers back independence referendum call
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Scottish lawmakers voted Tuesday to seek a new referendum on independence, presenting the British government with an unwelcome distraction as it prepares to push the European Union exit button.
LONDON (AP) — Britain's Daily Mail tabloid has sparked complaints with a front page photograph focusing on the legs of Prime Minister Theresa May and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
The photo of the two leaders published Tuesday displays their legs prominently alongside a headline that read "Never mind Brexit, who won Legs-it!"
LONDON (AP) — The leaders of Britain and Scotland met for talks Monday, but failed to resolve their differences over a new push for Scottish independence as the U.K. prepares to leave the European Union.
U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon met for an hour at a Glasgow hotel, days after Sturgeon demanded a referendum on Scottish independence to be held within two years.
LONDON (AP) — First Minister Nicola Sturgeon asked the Edinburgh-based Scottish parliament on Tuesday to back her demand for a referendum on independence within two years.
Scottish voters rejected independence in a 2014 referendum that was billed as a once-in-a-generation vote. But Sturgeon says Brexit has changed the situation dramatically.
She said "staying in the U.K. hasn't safeguarded Scotland's place in Europe, it has jeopardized it."
LONDON (AP) — Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Saturday that Scotland should get more sweeping powers but stay in the United Kingdom — comments that came even as Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she would proceed with plans for an independence referendum.
Brown entered the fray over the region's future with a speech in Scotland saying Britain's planned departure from the 28-nation European Union makes the case for Scottish independence weaker, not stronger.
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday rejected a call for a referendum on Scottish independence before Britain leaves the European Union — a move condemned as a "democratic outrage" by Scotland's nationalist leader.
May and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon both dug in their heels in a showdown that could complicate Britain's path out of the EU and threaten the future of the United Kingdom.
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Many voters in the historic city of Edinburgh seemed indifferent — and even hostile — Tuesday to plans for a second referendum on Scottish independence from the United Kingdom.
The Scottish national flag flutters high above the city's 16th century tenements, but few residents were clamoring for a break with the U.K. despite First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's call a day earlier for a fresh vote on Scotland's future.
LONDON (AP) — The British and Scottish leaders traded barbs Tuesday over Scotland's desire to hold a vote on independence just as the U.K. is negotiating its exit from the European Union.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says she intends to ask voters in late 2018 or early 2019 whether they want to leave the United Kingdom.
UK Parliament gives government power to begin EU exit
LONDON (AP) — Britain lurched closer to leaving the European Union Monday when Parliament stopped resisting and gave Prime Minister Theresa May the power to file for divorce from the bloc.
But in a blow to May's government, the prospect of Scotland's exit from the United Kingdom suddenly appeared nearer, too. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon called for a referendum on independence within two years to stop Scotland being dragged out of the EU against its will.
LONDON (AP) — Scotland's leader delivered a shock twist to Britain's EU exit drama on Monday, announcing that she will seek authority to hold a new independence referendum in the next two years because Britain is dragging Scotland out of the EU against its will.
LONDON (AP) — The unity of the United Kingdom is coming under threat again with Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon's Monday announcement that she will seek a new referendum on independence in the next two years.
That means a vote on whether Scotland is to remain part of the U.K. is likely to take place in the midst of Britain's fraught negotiations with the European Union about its withdrawal from the bloc.
LONDON (AP) — Scotland's pro-independence leader says the country could make a second bid for independence within 18 months to avoid being dragged out of the European Union with the rest of the United Kingdom.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said in comments broadcast Thursday that fall 2018 is "the common sense time" to hold a referendum, "if that is the road we choose to go down."
She insisted that no decision has been made about whether to ask Scottish voters for a mandate for independence.
British PM May says preserving union a prime goal
LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May has told her Conservative Party's Scottish conference that preserving the unity of the United Kingdom is a key objective of her government.
She warned in Glasgow Friday that the Scottish National Party's focus on gaining independence for Scotland had become an obsession.
The prime minister told her supporters that the SNP led by Nicola Sturgeon suffers from "tunnel-vision nationalism which focuses only on independence at any cost".
Scotland seeks own future in EU despite UK’s departure
LONDON (AP) — Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon offered proposals Tuesday to protect Scotland's place in Europe after Britain leaves the European Union, saying it's possible to keep Scotland in Europe's single market even after Brexit.
But Prime Minister Theresa May played down the prospect of Scotland getting a separate Brexit deal, saying that her government will be negotiating a "United Kingdom approach" with Brussels.
Scotland leader: Keeping EU trade could require independence
DUBLIN (AP) — Scotland's leader says her country could consider independence again if Britain withdraws from the European Union single market as part of its expected EU exit.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says Scotland must retain free trade with EU partners.