Skip to content
Subscriber Only

U.K. Races to Grant Powers to Scots to Blunt Independence

The U.K. government raced to put together a package of more powers for Scotland in a bid to persuade voters to reject independence in favor of the promise of more autonomy within the union.

Shocked into action by a poll showing the Yes campaign ahead for the first time this year just 10 days before a referendum on independence, all three main U.K. parties said they would cede more control over the levers of policy making to the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. Scots nationalist leader Alex Salmond dismissed the move yesterday as a “bribe” that wouldn’t sway voters in the Sept. 18 ballot.