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Scottish secession favored in poll for first time
Scottish secession favored in poll for first time

The race for Scottish independence reached a new level of intensity Monday after a weekend opinion poll showed a majority of voters for the first time favoring secession from the United Kingdom. Increased uncertainty over Scotland's future resulted in immediate turmoil in the markets. The British pound dropped to a 10-month low against the U.S. dollar, and companies with a significant stake in Scotland, including the Royal Bank of Scotland, saw share prices tumble. The Scottish public will decide on Sept. 18 whether to leave the United Kingdom. The “Yes” campaign has gained considerable ground in recent weeks, after consistently lagging far behind in the polls since...

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