Britain announces new powers for Scotland, edges toward federalism

January 22, 2015 12:13 PM

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Britain announces new powers for Scotland, edges toward federalism

LONDON (Reuters) - The British government began a historic transfer of powers to Scotland on Thursday, keeping a pledge it had given to persuade Scots to reject independence as renewed nationalist support surges.

The draft bill, to be enacted after a general election on May 7, will further dismantle Britain's highly centralized system of government, a move critics fear could trigger the beginning of the end of the United Kingdom.

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