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Scottish companies lead market rally after No vote

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Shares in Royal Bank of Scotland surged three per cent while energy provider SSE, Glasgow-based engineer Weir and Standard Life were up by around two per cent in early trading. Picture: Getty

Shares in Royal Bank of Scotland surged three per cent while energy provider SSE, Glasgow-based engineer Weir and Standard Life were up by around two per cent in early trading. Picture: Getty

by JANE BRADLEY

SCOTTISH companies led the way in a market rally as the Scottish independence vote was quashed and investors ruled out a flurry of headquarters relocations in the financial sector.

Shares in Royal Bank of Scotland surged three per cent while energy provider SSE, Glasgow-based engineer Weir and Standard Life were up by around two per cent in early trading.

RBS, along with rival Lloyds Banking Group and insurance firm Standard Life, had indicated that it would consider a move south if Scotland opted to split from the United Kingdom. Read the rest of this entry »

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Scotland: Independence security plans slammed

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By Press Association, 5 September 2014 4.07pm. Updated: 9.37pm.

Plans for a single security and intelligence service in an independent Scotland will not offer the level of protection and support currently provided as part of the UK, according to a former chief of MI6.

Sir John Scarlett said British intelligence services have been built up over decades – “work which cannot be replicated in just a few years”.

The Scottish Government set out proposals to create a single agency for security and intelligence to ensure Scotland‘s national security in its white paper on independence. Read the rest of this entry »

Royal Air Force pilots departing after dropping explosives over Utah

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Posted on: 5:40 pm, March 23, 2014, by Mark Green

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An RAF Tornado. Image courtesy Hill Air Force Base.

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — During the last three weeks, Utah’s Hill Air Force Base has played host to a squadron of pilots from the United Kingdom and their Tornado planes.

The RAF Tornado Training Squadron from northern Scotland has been using the Utah Test and Training Range to drop a variety of weapons–as the squadron can’t drop weapons at home.

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