The British government closed the door to a formal agreement with Scotland for its continued use of the pound if it votes to become independent next year, citing the tumult in the 17-nation euro region during the debt crisis.
On London’s Downing Street, home of British prime ministers and at Buckingham Palace, the flags flew at half staff today honoring the death of “a great leader,” in the words of Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative successor, Prime Minister David Cameron.
For 44 years, the U.K. has stored its nuclear weapons in western Scotland. It now could be faced with finding the Trident missiles in a foreign country should Scottish nationalists win their bid for independence.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy rejected comparisons between Catalonia and Scotland as it prepares to hold a referendum on independence from the U.K., saying he didn’t discuss the matter with David Cameron today.
The Scottish National Party, which won power four years ago for the first time, may still emerge as the largest group in the Edinburgh parliament after May 5 elections, according to a poll of voting intentions.