Scots Breakup Risk Seen Delaying U.K. Action on Islamic State

September 14, 2014 5:44 PM

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While David Cameron pledged today to take “whatever steps are necessary” to confront Islamic State after the beheading of a British hostage, no decisions are likely until after Scotland’s independence referendum.

With polls showing the Sept. 18 Scottish vote is too tight to call, the possibility that the U.K. may break up after three centuries is dominating British politics in the final days of campaigning.

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