Jailed Catalan leader Jordi Cuixart in call for international mediation

Jailed Catalan leader Jordi Cuixart in call for international mediation

READ MORE:Jordi Cuixart: I am a political prisoner, held hostage by Spain Writing exclusively in The National, Cuixart says the Catalan crisis been at an impasse for too long “It is an urgent political problem in need of a political solution … Since no progress seems possible with the Spanish...

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Jordi Cuixart: I am a political prisoner, held hostage by Spain

Jordi Cuixart: I am a political prisoner, held hostage by Spain

READ MORE:Jailed Catalan leader Jordi Cuixart in call for international mediation There is no simple answer. Spain has an enormous political problem with Catalonia, yet it is incapable of facing it in the only way possible in modern democracies, which is with a political solution. Instead they are trying to...

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May ‘humiliated’ as crucial Brexit summit passes with no breakthrough

May ‘humiliated’ as crucial Brexit summit passes with no breakthrough

The Prime Minister is facing a growing rebellion at home over reports she was considering the possibility of extending the implementation period – the time between Brexit day and the day the UK finally leaves Europe and when the new arrangements start. READ MORE:MPs told they will be given binary...

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Scottish Tories ‘are risking peace in Northern Ireland’

Scottish Tories ‘are risking peace in Northern Ireland’

Under the EU’s so-called backstop plan, Northern Ireland would stay in the single market and customs union. READ MORE: This is why Westminster’s choice is between Brexit and the Union The Scottish Conservative leader, along with the Scottish Secretary David Mundell, have threatened to resign if such an arrangement goes...

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David Mundell vows to protect Scotland’s place in UK to ‘last breath’

David Mundell vows to protect Scotland’s place in UK to ‘last breath’

Grady said the Scottish Tories “have never wanted the Scottish Parliament to succeed and are using Brexit to undermine it”. READ MORE: Scottish Tories ‘are risking peace in Northern Ireland’ The Scottish Secretary responded: “He and his colleagues want to break up the United Kingdom. I will defend our...

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This is why Westminster’s choice is between Brexit and the Union

This is why Westminster’s choice is between Brexit and the Union

READ MORE:Nicola Sturgeon challenges Ruth Davidson and David Mundell over resignation threats What they were actually saying was that they would resign if Northern Ireland were offered a deal because they don’t want to give Scotland’s government the right to demand the same. Essentially Scotland’s two leading Conservatives are trying...

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May presents no new proposals at summit despite demands from EU

May presents no new proposals at summit despite demands from EU

But May did not present any new ideas when she addressed the EU leaders in a 20-minute meeting. READ MORE: This is why Westminster’s choice is between Brexit and the Union Citing comments made by Antonio Tajani, the president of he European Parliament, the BBC’s Europe editor Katya Adler, tweeted:...

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MPs urge Speaker John Bercow to quit over bullying claims

MPs urge Speaker John Bercow to quit over bullying claims

Bercow had been widely expected to quit in the summer next year after steering Brexit legislation through the Commons and the BBC reported he has told friends he will stay in post until then. A spokeswoman for the Speaker’s Office said: “The Speaker has made no announcement about his leaving...

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Three-quarters of Scots would accept tax hike for more public services

Three-quarters of Scots would accept tax hike for more public services

Deloitte’s The State of the State 2018-19 report found four-fifths of Scots (85%) are concerned about the future provision of public services – 15% more than the UK average. With the UK Budget due on October 29 and the Scottish Government budget to follow on December 12, the report follows...

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MacAskill calls for new SNP internal political groups to open up debate

MacAskill calls for new SNP internal political groups to open up debate

READ MORE: Kenny MacAskill: SIC’s fundraising is welcome – but the SNP can do more to help The SNP has not had any internal political groups since the early 1980s when they were outlawed under the leadership of the late Gordon Wilson. The ban was later lifted. The party does...

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Sturgeon calls on MPs to vote against ‘cobbled together blindfold Brexit’

Sturgeon calls on MPs to vote against ‘cobbled together blindfold Brexit’

Sturgeon said she believed her “common sense” proposals could get majority support in the Commons, but added her previous appeals for a compromise had been rejected. Afterwards, the SNP leader had a brief meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May last night. Sturgeon’s spokesman said: “The First Minister welcomed the opportunity...

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Fears of no deal Brexit increase as Theresa May pleads for calm

Fears of no deal Brexit increase as Theresa May pleads for calm

She warned of the danger that failure to reach agreement over the issue could result in the UK leaving the EU without a deal in March next year. The Prime Minister was addressing the House of Commons just two days before she travels to Brussels for a summit at which...

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Crashing out of the EU with no deal ‘could paralyse businesses’

Crashing out of the EU with no deal ‘could paralyse businesses’

The committee was taking evidence in Edinburgh from a range of experts on the impact of leaving the EU on trade and investment. Committee chairman Pete Wishart asked: “In the event of a no deal, what would happen to the continuity of cross-border financial contracts between the UK and EU,...

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Major fundraiser launched for new independence campaign group

Major fundraiser launched for new independence campaign group

They say the as-yet-unnamed campaign body will provide the Yes movement with media handling, strategic support, resources, messaging and the administrative capacity to work with the hundreds of thousands of undecided people in Scotland who could back independence. The fundraiser – which has a website at www.thisisit.scot – has been...

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Sturgeon challenges Davidson and Mundell over resignation threats

Sturgeon challenges Davidson and Mundell over resignation threats

“Any differentiated deal that puts a hard border down the Irish Sea they consider a resigning matter,” a senior Tory source told the Sunday Times. Highlighting Davidson’s and Mundell’s position, the First Minister tweeted: “We’ll resign if you do anything that makes Scotland think there’s a better alternative to a...

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Call for answers over impact of anonymous benefit claim ‘audits’

Call for answers over impact of anonymous benefit claim ‘audits’

The figures were revealed following a written question by SNP MP Marion Fellows, who raised the case of a constituent who had his health report “audited” by the DWP. When he appealed against the decision of his PIP claim, the constituent was sent the original and amended reports. Every section...

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New study reveals surge in Yes support among young women

New study reveals surge in Yes support among young women

READ MORE: How smart research can help us win the next independence referendum Across the entire sample, 9.7% of people questioned in the poll who voted No would now vote Yes. This figure rises sharply for women aged under 44 – 24.3% of this group who were No voters would...

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BBC admits breaking own rules on unpaid work for journalists

BBC admits breaking own rules on unpaid work for journalists

Shortly after the show aired Private Eye magazine revealed that a freelance journalist asking Derbyshire’s producers for work had been told to first undertake a 10-hour, voluntary, trial shift. This was then confirmed to McDonald by the show’s deputy editor. In a letter to Hall, he said: “The fact that...

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Schoolboys ‘psychologically damaged’ by Home Office deportation threat

Schoolboys ‘psychologically damaged’ by Home Office deportation threat

READ MORE: http://thenational.scot/news/16981646.school-pupils-hit-out-at-home-office-the-bakhsh-belong-in-our-community/ She also hit out at the latest “insult” after officials summoned the family to the Home Office last week only to tell them after they arrived that it had been cancelled because of a “mistake”. Pollock, who says she was banned from entering the Glasgow office with...

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Sorry Taylor Swift… but there’s no such thing as being apolotical

Sorry Taylor Swift… but there’s no such thing as being apolotical

READ MORE: Music festivals: The next battle ground for gender balance Whether through commercial savvy, privileged ignorance, or even just sheer exhaustion at the state of the world, the uncomfortable truth is that to count yourself out of politics is to count yourself in to the political status quo. When...

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Gove plans would hit the Highlands in similar way to US’s dust bowls

Gove plans would hit the Highlands in similar way to US’s dust bowls

READ MORE:David Martin: Scotland would NOT have to join Euro to get back in EU Speaking in Brussels, the leading adviser on European agricultural policy was asked by journalists what would happen if income subsides are phased out in Scotland after Brexit. The senior European Commission official pointed to the...

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PM’s allies assure DUP she is ‘Unionist’ amid Irish border row

PM’s allies assure DUP she is ‘Unionist’ amid Irish border row

The latest row is over the backstop – in effect, what happens to the border on the island of Ireland if Britain and the EU fail to make a deal. It has become the last major stumbling block at this stage of the Brexit negotiations. Brussels and Dublin say if...

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Sorry Taylor Swift… but there’s no such thing as being apolitical

Sorry Taylor Swift… but there’s no such thing as being apolitical

What this framing of a newly politicised Taylor Swift fails to acknowledge, though, is that committed apoliticism is necessarily a political position in itself. READ MORE: Music festivals: The next battle ground for gender balance Whether through commercial savvy, privileged ignorance, or even just sheer exhaustion at the state of...

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I corrected Ross Thomson on Question Time… here’s why he’s wrong on drugs

I corrected Ross Thomson on Question Time… here’s why he’s wrong on drugs

READ MORE:Prime time TV is clearly where Tory MP Ross Thomson belongs Drug-related deaths are concentrated in certain areas, such as the most deprived areas of Glasgow, where I live. They stem from complex root causes, often accompanied by physical and mental health problems, trauma, poverty, social isolation and lack...

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There’s more to being a democratic country than independence alone

There’s more to being a democratic country than independence alone

Despite the valuable work being carried out, we continue to treat local services as an afterthought. If we want schools, social care and community facilities to be of a high standard, we need to find a fairer way of funding them, and we need to take the debate out of...

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The Scottish Independence Convention have answered our questions

The Scottish Independence Convention have answered our questions

READ MORE: Scottish Independence Convention sends open letter to Yes movement For that reason, we are delighted that The National is asking questions of our plan and we are pleased to lay out our answers. How is that strategy to be devised and delivered? What’s going to be in it?...

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Minister admits Universal Credit will make some families poorer

Minister admits Universal Credit will make some families poorer

McVey’s remarks yesterday came after former Prime Ministers John Major and Gordon Brown warned that the changes could lead to a backlash similar to the poll-tax protests. Reports last week suggested McVey had privately told Cabinet that the introduction of Universal Credit could cost lone parents and working-age couples around...

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SNP: New Suicide Minister should probe Tory social security policies

SNP: New Suicide Minister should probe Tory social security policies

The SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford welcomed the announcement, but suggested there were more immediate steps the Prime Minister could take to reduce the number of people taking their own lives. READ MORE: Minister pledges to improve mental health services across Scotland During Prime Minister’s Questions, Blackford referred to a...

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Election watchdog criticises LibDem after he proclaims innocence

Election watchdog criticises LibDem after he proclaims innocence

READ MORE:Police drop investigation into Lib Dem MP Jo Swinson’s election expenses However, the party argued that thousands of Cole-Hamilton election leaflets had not been delivered, and so their cost should not count towards the total spent. In a letter to the LibDems, which Cole-Hamilton shared with press, the Electoral...

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Call for Scots oil fund after report reveals ‘failing’ mismanagement

Call for Scots oil fund after report reveals ‘failing’ mismanagement

The SNP have long-lobbied for an oil fund to invest the £1 billion raised from North Sea revenues in Scottish commodities. Kirsty Blackman MP said: “This report highlights that the UK financial ship is barely afloat. “Successive Tory and Labour governments at Westminster have shunned SNP calls to publicly hold...

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Party troops reassured by Sturgeon’s indyref2-heavy speech

Party troops reassured by Sturgeon’s indyref2-heavy speech

“It’s getting closer,” he added hopefully. His wife, Susan was more upbeat: “It’s more on the edge now,” she said “There are so many decisions to be made. There’s just the feeling it’s all getting near”. Jack Marshall from Bo’ness, who first joined the party in 1969, had a wider...

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Immigration shackled to Westminster is thwarting our future

The UK Government ignored the general findings of Westminster’s Migration Advisory Committee, which has found that migrants contribute more to the economy than they take out. However curiously they did pay attention to that small section which recommended that Scotland’s migration policy should not differ from the rest of the...

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Russell: SNP must pick the ‘right moment’ to call indyref2

Russell: SNP must pick the ‘right moment’ to call indyref2

With Brexit less than six months away, Russell also criticised Theresa May’s “destructive, dysfunctional UK Government”. He stressed that independence was more than just an alternative future for Scots but could also lead to the creation of a “better Scotland”. Russell said: “Deciding the when can only come after agreeing...

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Finnish scientist ‘humiliated’ and in tears after ‘Life in the UK’ test

Finnish scientist ‘humiliated’ and in tears after ‘Life in the UK’ test

He told a fringe meeting at the SNP conference in Glasgow yesterday there are three elements of the process, passing “A Life in the UK” test, swearing an oath of allegiance to the Queen and paying a fee of £1300. Leena Kerr, who is a university researcher and has a...

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Nicola Sturgeon says she won’t rule out indyref2 before 2021

Nicola Sturgeon says she won’t rule out indyref2 before 2021

Just 30% though the decision should rest with London. READ MORE:The SNP have lost ground among key groups they need to win over And in a stark warning to Jeremy Corbyn, the poll revealed that 57% of Labour voters want Holyrood to make the decision, not Westminster. The poll came...

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Downing Street plays down idea of Brexit agreement being reached next week

Downing Street plays down idea of Brexit agreement being reached next week

The comments appeared to pour cold water on upbeat assessments on the prospects of a deal made by senior EU figures over recent days. Just over a week remains before the October 18 summit in Brussels which was initially pencilled in as the deadline for agreement on withdrawal. But Downing...

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Aragones: Europe should ‘break silence’ on Catalan political prisoners

Aragones: Europe should ‘break silence’ on Catalan political prisoners

READ MORE: Catalan political leader Pere Aragones attends SNP conference on mission to raise awareness Aragones was speaking as the Greens’ leader in the European Parliament, Ska Keller, called on Spain’s public prosecutor to drop rebellion charges against Catalan leaders for organising last October’s independence referendum. A court in Barcelona...

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House of Lords wants to reform the Act of Union to ‘save the UK’

House of Lords wants to reform the Act of Union to ‘save the UK’

The Constitution Reform Group (CRG) certainly jumped its own gun – the text of their launch document and Bill was freely available on the web yesterday despite being dated October 9. The National can therefore reveal that the Bill “proposes a constitutional relationship in which the peoples of the UK...

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Scottish council wants to splash out on a new flagpole – to fly Union Jack

Scottish council wants to splash out on a new flagpole – to fly Union Jack

The council currently has three flagpoles. Two are used for the local authority’s own flag and the Saltire. The other usually carries the Union Flag but it is sometimes replaced by flags marking specific events. Tory councillor Trevor Douglas raised a motion wanting the Union Flag flown every day. Fellows...

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Irish senator says an independent Scotland would be welcomed back into EU

Irish senator says an independent Scotland would be welcomed back into EU

READ MORE:Tories warned of consequences of treating Scotland with contempt “If the Scottish people decide they want to be independent then of course we would welcome another small independent English speaking country into the European Union,” he said. Despite being one of the smaller EU nations, Ireland exerts huge influence...

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Misogyny could become a hate crime as Yousaf consults on law change

Misogyny could become a hate crime as Yousaf consults on law change

“If we are simply passive then we are part of the problem,” he added. The minister explained that with misogyny “so ingrained, so normalised within our society,” it needs “radical action”. He told the conference that the Scottish Government’s consultation on hate crime will now ask a “specific question on...

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Sturgeon says Brexit makes Scottish independence ‘inevitable’

Sturgeon says Brexit makes Scottish independence ‘inevitable’

READ MORE:Joanna Cherry tells conference independence can be won without a referendum In an interview with the BBC, Sturgeon said she would give an update on her plans for a second independence referendum before the end of the year once talks between Brussels and London were over. She said: “I...

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Joanna Cherry tells SNP conference indy can be won without referendum

Joanna Cherry tells SNP conference indy can be won without referendum

READ MORE:Here’s what Nicola Sturgeon should be saying in her SNP conference speech tomorrow The Edinburgh MP also said she wanted the party to “demand a high price” if Jeremy Corbyn asked for their help to form a government after the next election. READ MORE:Nicola Sturgeon should ‘negotiate single market’,...

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Blackford to meet Barnier amid SNP calls to stay in single market

Blackford to meet Barnier amid SNP calls to stay in single market

READ MORE:SNP MPs would support ‘people’s vote’, says Sturgeon “One of the things I will say is that myself and Stephen Gethins are going to meet Michel Barnier on October 25 and we have extended the invitation to the Liberal Democrats and the Greens and to Plaid Cymru because we...

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Electoral Commission had ‘concerns’ over dark money scandal

Electoral Commission had ‘concerns’ over dark money scandal

In late June, BBC Northern Ireland’s Spotlight team broadcast a film, called Brexit, Dark Money and the DUP. Staff at the regulator said that the film raised “concerns” about the source of the donation, and provided “new information” which suggested the DUP had been working together with other Leave campaigns...

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Scottish teachers rebuff ‘derisory’ 3% rise and consider striking

Scottish teachers rebuff ‘derisory’ 3% rise and consider striking

The union accused the Scottish Government of “abandoning the talks rather than seeking to negotiate a solution”. EIS general secretary Larry Flanagan said the blame lay firmly with Deputy First Minister John Swinney. “It is shameful that Scottish ministers have walked away from the negotiating table in this manner. “The...

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SNP councillors hit out at ‘politicised’ equal pay strike in Glasgow

SNP councillors hit out at ‘politicised’ equal pay strike in Glasgow

But the unions say that after a decade of being “robbed of hundreds of millions, if not billions of pounds” no one should be surprised that their members “are on the brink of strike action”. Unless discussion can resume the workers will walk out for 48 hours on October 22...

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FBI report on Kavanaugh’s sexual assault claims ‘found no misconduct’

FBI report on Kavanaugh’s sexual assault claims ‘found no misconduct’

The verbal battling commenced as the conservative jurist’s prospects for winning Senate confirmation to the Supreme Court remained at the mercy of five wavering senators, with an initial, critical vote looming today. It followed the FBI’s early-morning release of its investigation, which President Donald Trump reluctantly ordered under pressure from...

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It’s time for the Tories’ control over Brexit talks to come to an end

It’s time for the Tories’ control over Brexit talks to come to an end

And, frankly, Article 50 is a rubbish piece of legislation, largely because it was written in a happier time when it was almost unimaginable that any member state would want to leave the EU. It was never designed to be used. However, we are where we are and it is...

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Protest planned ahead of AUOB march over Holyrood rally ban

Protest planned ahead of AUOB march over Holyrood rally ban

Following that decision and also HES’s eviction of the 500-mile independence walkers from Stirling Castle car park on Sunday, the National has learned that up to 2000 people are planning a sit down protest and a picnic in Princes Street prior to Saturday’s march which begins from Johnston Terrace at...

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