U.S. will not stand in way of Scottish independence: Salmond

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond attends the opening day of salmon fishing season on the river Tay at Dunkeld in ScotlandBy Alistair Bell NEW YORK (Reuters) – The leader of Scotland’s separatist movement predicted on Friday that the United States would not try to stand in the way of the breakup of Britain, Washington’s staunchest ally for decades, if Scots vote for independence at a referendum this year. Instead, the Obama administration could use the reasonably orderly debate in Britain about Scotland’s future as an example to other countries facing constitutional crises, said Alex Salmond, the separatist leader who heads the Scottish National Party and who is Scotland’s first minister.

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