Alex Salmond says now is the time for independence fight

Alex Salmond says now is the time for independence fight

He spoke out days after Prime Minister Theresa May suffered an historic defeat in the Commons over her EU withdrawal agreement and Nicola Sturgeon said she would set out her timetable on a new plebiscite “in weeks”. In an interview with the Sunday National, Salmond said: “Nicola should be concentrating...

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Theresa May to unveil Brexit alternative amid Cabinet turmoil

Theresa May to unveil Brexit alternative amid Cabinet turmoil

She is expected to suggest to try and abandon the Irish backstop, the insurance policy to keep an open border in Ireland in the event of no future trade deal being established between the EU and the UK. Instead she wants to offer a bilateral trade agreement to Ireland that...

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Ian Blackford warns no-deal Brexit is ‘height of irresponsibility’

Ian Blackford warns no-deal Brexit is ‘height of irresponsibility’

READ MORE: Theresa May to unveil Brexit plan B amid Cabinet turmoil In a letter to the Prime Minister, the SNP MP stated that mere “cosmetic changes” by the Prime Minister to a deal which was rejected by Parliament would be unacceptable, and that she must heed calls to halt...

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Government ‘failure’ means EU must ring-fence rights of citizens

Government ‘failure’ means EU must ring-fence rights of citizens

READ MORE: Joanna Cherry: Westminster fails to agree on anything as Brexit deadline looms Calling for the EU to ring-fence citizen’s rights so that they will have clarity on what they will face in the event that the UK crashes out of the bloc without an agreement, Smith’s letter goes...

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Greens: Indyref2 must happen quickly even if Brexit is stopped

Greens: Indyref2 must happen quickly even if Brexit is stopped

READ MORE: Theresa May accused of ‘time-wasting’ over Brexit talks He spoke out after a week of unprecedented crisis at Westminster which saw the Prime Minister suffer a catastrophic defeat on her Brexit deal. It was the worst ever parliamentary loss for a government over its legislation. Amid the chaos...

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SNP hit out at Unionist press over Salmond ‘history’ claim

SNP hit out at Unionist press over Salmond ‘history’ claim

READ MORE: Sturgeon ‘victim of a smear campaign’ over Salmond allegations It’s not clear where this information or the date came from. An archive search of the website using the Wayback Machine tool, which allows users to read old version of internet pages, has a saved version of the “History”...

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Brown issues rallying call as MP says indyref2 could be this summer

Brown issues rallying call as MP says indyref2 could be this summer

READ MORE: Keith Brown tells Holyrood demo to start independence campaign Labour’s Shadow Scottish Secretary Lesley Laird hit back at Brown accusing him being irresponsible by agitating for independence at a time when the country stood on the brink of “instability and chaos”. Earlier this week the UK Government suffered...

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Keith Brown issues rallying call as MP says indyref2 could be this summer

Keith Brown issues rallying call as MP says indyref2 could be this summer

READ MORE: Keith Brown tells Holyrood demo to start independence campaign Labour’s Shadow Scottish Secretary Lesley Laird hit back at Brown accusing him being irresponsible by agitating for independence at a time when the country stood on the brink of “instability and chaos”. Earlier this week the UK Government suffered...

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Keith Brown tells Holyrood demo to start independence campaign

Keith Brown tells Holyrood demo to start independence campaign

Brown told them: “It’s great see so many people here demonstrating against the absolute mess that the Conservatives are making of this country, and demonstrating in favour of the fact that we can make a much better future for ourselves. “The mandate on which the SNP fought the last Holyrood...

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Kirk hits back at Tory MSP after being told to keep out of politics

Kirk hits back at Tory MSP after being told to keep out of politics

In the statement, Rev Dr Richard Frazer,who is the convenor of the Church and Society Council, called on Westminster and the UK Government to “look beyond party politics and maintaining or gaining power and focus first and foremost on the good of the country and everyone who lives here”. He...

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MoD puts army reservists on standby for no-deal Brexit

MoD puts army reservists on standby for no-deal Brexit

Last month, the Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced that up to 3500 troops would be used to support government departments. Yesterday’s announcement confirmed that 10% of them would come from the reservists. In a written statement to MPs, Defence Minister Mark Lancaster said the troops would be ready to mitigate...

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DUP say ‘no way’ in fresh blow to Theresa May’s Brexit deal

DUP say ‘no way’ in fresh blow to Theresa May’s Brexit deal

His comments come after DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds insisted his party’s opposition to the backstop proposals had not lessened after a meeting with May on Thursday. Wilson, appearing on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme yesterday, said: “It’s not just because of the regulations which Northern Ireland would be subject...

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Angus Robertson: Ireland and Austria show the big power of a small country

Angus Robertson: Ireland and Austria show the big power of a small country

Amid the growing prospect of the UK crashing out of the EU at the end of March without a deal, Varadkar said: “The threat of a no deal isn’t one that Ireland is making, isn’t one that the European Union is making and it is for the UK to propose...

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Violence by Spain is not just limited to Catalonia

Violence by Spain is not just limited to Catalonia

The world is a better place because of those who bravely followed peace processes in the north of Ireland and South Africa and, whilst there are unresolved differences, a willingness to seek truth and reconciliation provides a constructive environment in which former adversaries and communities can move forward together. READ...

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Senior Scottish Tories discuss ousting of ‘immature’ MP Ross Thomson

Senior Scottish Tories discuss ousting of ‘immature’ MP Ross Thomson

“If Ross doesn’t get the support from the local party, he is not going to be put up next time. It doesn’t happen very often, but the procedure is there for him not to be the candidate. Some people are talking about this,” a leading Tory in the north east...

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EU insists no further meetings to take place on May’s Brexit deal

EU insists no further meetings to take place on May’s Brexit deal

The comments are a blow to the Prime Minister, who is trying to get concessions on the backstop plans in her Withdrawal Agreement, which will ensure the border in Ireland remains open. The backstop issue is the key concern by Tory backbenchers opposed to May’s deal who say it keeps...

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‘Grim’ reality of Brexit for farmers laid out by Michael Gove

‘Grim’ reality of Brexit for farmers laid out by Michael Gove

“We’ve taken steps to ensure a continuity approach. There shouldn’t be a problem with food coming into the country.” However, he warned “turbulence” will hit agriculture if the UK leaves without a deal, with smaller operations the worst affected and tariffs a “grim and inescapable fact”. Urging support for Theresa...

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Tory Trident replacement plans could ‘sink’ UK’s defence budget

Tory Trident replacement plans could ‘sink’ UK’s defence budget

They follow a recently published review of UK defence capabilities and targets that referred to the Dreadnought project as the “ultimate guarantee” of domestic security. The scheme – opposed by the SNP, Greens and Scottish Labour – includes renewing the nuclear deterrent and building four new submarines. READ MORE: REVEALED:...

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Scottish Tories consider siding with SNP on university tuition fees

Scottish Tories consider siding with SNP on university tuition fees

“There are a number of us in the party that believe the policy should change as things stand,” a party source told the Scotsman. Currently the Scottish Conservatives back a £6000 “graduate fee”. However, the policy is not a vote winner – prompting figures to consider whether it should be...

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Corbyn refuses to back People’s Vote despite party member pressure

Corbyn refuses to back People’s Vote despite party member pressure

A survey of more than 1000 party members found that 72% want their leader to throw his weight behind a so-called People’s Vote. Despite the finding, the Labour leader yesterday refused to do so. He said: “What we will do is vote against having no deal, we’ll vote against Theresa...

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Four immigrants to stay in Scotland as Home office deportations blocked

Four immigrants to stay in Scotland as Home office deportations blocked

Both Dadzie and Collins Oji had made errors in their tax returns and had declared different incomes to the UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) service. The Home Office concluded that both men were not credible in their proof of earnings which in turn were then disallowed, a decision which took...

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Nicola Sturgeon: ‘Scotland offers warm welcome for all’

Nicola Sturgeon: ‘Scotland offers warm welcome for all’

“One of the things we should be proud of, at Hogmanay, is the number of people from around the world who come to Scotland to see in the New Year,” she said. “They come in part because of Scotland’s reputation for offering a warm welcome for all. That’s a reputation...

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EU chief tells UK to ‘get your act together’ and find Brexit solution

EU chief tells UK to ‘get your act together’ and find Brexit solution

And he rejected Brexiteers’ claims that Brussels was plotting to keep the UK inside the bloc “by all possible means”. May faced a bruising encounter with EU leaders earlier this month after she vowed to seek fresh guarantees Britain will not be indefinitely kept in the Northern Ireland backstop part...

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Scots urged to lead campaign for People’s Vote on Brexit

Scots urged to lead campaign for People’s Vote on Brexit

However, while First Minister Nicola Sturgeon backs the campaign, senior SNP figures such as Pete Wishart are vehemently opposed and believe the party was bounced into supporting the policy at the autumn conference. Recent polling indicates that two-thirds of people in Scotland want a People’s Vote and 70% would vote...

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Three Brexiteers stand against their party in the Scottish Tory civil war

Three Brexiteers stand against their party in the Scottish Tory civil war

READ MORE: Support for Scottish independence is increasing ahead of Brexit showdown The row intensified earlier this week when 10 Scottish Tory MPs wrote to the Times newspaper, urging their three colleagues not to vote down May’s deal as it would risk “turbocharging” Nicola Sturgeon’s campaign for independence. The letter...

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Politicians, journalists and cultural figures on the highs and lows of 2018

Politicians, journalists and cultural figures on the highs and lows of 2018

THE other day I looked up the origin of the word “Brexit”. It was first used on May 15, 2012, in a blog written by an English academic. He modified the term “Grexit” – much in vogue at the time when the possibility of Greece failing out of the EU...

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Here’s what happened in Catalan politics this year

Here’s what happened in Catalan politics this year

They said they had submitted around 30 appeals, which judges had accepted and simply “put in a drawer”, as a tactic to hinder them in their attempts to raise their cases at the Strasbourg court. Earlier this month – and after the hunger strike started – the Constitutional Court announced...

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Furious backlash over Home Office EU nationals video

Furious backlash over Home Office EU nationals video

SNP MP Pete Wishart tweeted that he would raise the issue in the Commons: “I will be asking for an Urgent Question on ‘the Home Office and the need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme’ on the day we return. Hope lots of MPs do the same. We need...

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Brexiteers get Honour list gongs as May searches for votes

Brexiteers get Honour list gongs as May searches for votes

And, there was surprise too when late on Friday afternoon, Downing Street announced that Sir Edward Leigh was to become a member of the Privy Council. Leigh, who has called for “no surrender, no appeasement” on the question of the Irish border, can now style himself right honourable, rather than...

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Tories dismiss ‘silly demands’ to recall MPs for delayed Brexit vote

Tories dismiss ‘silly demands’ to recall MPs for delayed Brexit vote

MPs aren’t due back until January 7, but May’s ministers are to gather in Downing Street for a special Cabinet meeting on Wednesday to discuss no-deal planning. Corbyn told the i newspaper: “I want us to have a vote as soon as possible, that’s what I’ve been saying for the...

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REVEALED: Support for Scottish independence is increasing

REVEALED: Support for Scottish independence is increasing

On average, support for independence is up 2.7 points to 47.4%, with the most recent poll showing support at a two-year high. But hardcore British nationalists Scotland in Union said that all polls showed the majority of Scots wanted to remain in the UK. Pamela Nash, chief executive of the...

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Support for Scottish independence is increasing ahead of Brexit showdown

Support for Scottish independence is increasing ahead of Brexit showdown

On average, support for independence is up 2.7 points to 47.4%, with the most recent poll showing support at a two-year high. But hardcore British nationalists Scotland in Union said that all polls showed the majority of Scots wanted to remain in the UK. Pamela Nash, chief executive of the...

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Tory government deny secret plot to end daylight savings

Tory government deny secret plot to end daylight savings

In public the UK Government had strongly campaigned against the change, but emails released under freedom of information requests showed that officials from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Northern Ireland’s Department for the Economy over the issue expected them to agree. According to the Daily Mail,...

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Police warn Scotland will be ‘vulnerable’ in no-deal Brexit scenario

Police warn Scotland will be ‘vulnerable’ in no-deal Brexit scenario

There are now 91 days left until the UK leaves the EU, and, currently, no sign of any consensus in Parliament on what to do next. In November, at the last meeting of the Scottish Police Authority, the Chief Constable, Iain Livingston, said the force had prepared a Scottish Impact...

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MSP clash over the Queen’s gold grand piano

MSP clash over the Queen’s gold grand piano

She used the broadcast to urge her subjects to come together and be friendlier to other people, even when there are “deeply held differences”. Dornan jokingly wrote a fake quote online pretending the Queen had said: “So sad all those people going to foodbanks and sleeping on the streets. So...

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Outraged MSP slams House of Lords for champagne spending

Outraged MSP slams House of Lords for champagne spending

In their response to the SNP, the Lords make clear that all food and drink sold in their venues are “above cost price”, and that the facilities are open to a “wide number of users including members of both houses, staff, visitors to the parliamentary estate and journalists based in...

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MSPs clash over the Queen’s gold grand piano

MSPs clash over the Queen’s gold grand piano

She used the broadcast to urge her subjects to come together and be friendlier to other people, even when there are “deeply held differences”. Dornan jokingly wrote a fake quote online pretending the Queen had said: “So sad all those people going to foodbanks and sleeping on the streets. So...

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SNP call for an end to Christmas misery of ‘Skype families’

SNP call for an end to Christmas misery of ‘Skype families’

The Government introduced income threshold requirements in 2012, which meant that any UK national or settled citizen who wanted to sponsor a spouse from outside the UK to live with them here had to earn a minimum of £18,600. This rose to £22,400 after they had a first child, and...

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Nicola Sturgeon tells Scots: ‘it’s OK not to be OK at Christmas’

Nicola Sturgeon tells Scots: ‘it’s OK not to be OK at Christmas’

Meanwhile, the Queen is to use her annual broadcast to ask her subjects, who are bitterly divided over Brexit, to be more “civil” to one another. In her message, released today, the First Minister paid tribute and thanked “workers in our armed forces, in our emergency services, and the health...

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SNP MP slams ‘Little Englander’ Andrea Leadsom’s Brexit threat

SNP MP slams ‘Little Englander’ Andrea Leadsom’s Brexit threat

Leadsom, who is a prominent supporters of what she describes as a “managed no-deal,” told the Telegraph: “Parliament can always of course express a view, but in order to avoid a no-deal Brexit, Parliament does need to vote for a deal. “The legal default position is that if there isn’t...

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Labour in turmoil as Corbyn says he would still leave the EU if he were PM

Labour in turmoil as Corbyn says he would still leave the EU if he were PM

The remarks have ensured there’ll be no Christmas truce in the party’s civil war this year, Edinburgh South MP Ian Murray, pictured, even accused Corbyn of betraying his country. And in a separate interview, John McDonnell hinted that Corbyn calling for a vote of no confidence in the Government would...

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Blackford: We are on the brink of disaster and MPs are heading on holiday

Blackford: We are on the brink of disaster and MPs are heading on holiday

It can’t be right that at this crucial time, when we face this constitutional crisis, work on securing the best possible outcome for the UK is on pause. The UK Government should be accepting responsibility, not granting MPs 17 days of recess. Since Theresa May cowardly cancelled her meaningful vote...

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Sturgeon: Immigration White Paper ‘closes the door on our future’

Sturgeon: Immigration White Paper ‘closes the door on our future’

Politicians, academics and migrant groups told the Sunday National the “disastrous” proposals make the strongest case yet for Scotland to have its own immigration policy. READ MORE: Year in review part one: 2018 according to key figures in Scottish politics Under proposals EU workers would have to meet a minimum...

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The year of Brexit: How the UK went kaput

The year of Brexit: How the UK went kaput

READ MORE: 2018 according to leaders in Scottish politics This has been a terrible year for Britain and its institutions. As Brexit proceeded – or stumbled about in the dark – precious china fell off shelves and there were tearing sounds as delusions unravelled. By the autumn, a horrifying truth...

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Catalonia pro-indy activists attacked by police before cabinet meeting

Catalonia pro-indy activists attacked by police before cabinet meeting

A flood of footage on social media showed police beating protestors – including some who were lying on the ground – with their riot batons. One video showed three officers using their clubs to beat an unarmed man. READ MORE:Chris Bambery: Governements can’t remain silent over Tamara Carrasco Pro-independence supporters...

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SNP MP hits out at Home Office ‘Scrooges’ in latest immigration case

SNP MP hits out at Home Office ‘Scrooges’ in latest immigration case

Julianna Colaianni gained her master’s degree from Northumbria University in December 2016 and married Tony Duffy, a self-employed plasterer in Edinburgh, in January last year. Her application for a spousal visa was rejected after a 10-month wait because Duffy did not meet the minimum income requirements, but his wife said...

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Anger at ScotRail ‘planning failure’ as trains are sent away despite demand

Anger at ScotRail ‘planning failure’ as trains are sent away despite demand

But LibDem chief Willie Rennie said with all the problems on Scotland’s rail lines in recent weeks, it was a “huge forward planning failure”. The delay in the new Hitachi trains being sent to Scotland, as well an industrial dispute and a shortage of train crew has caused hundreds of...

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Tory government slammed for increase in homeless deaths

Tory government slammed for increase in homeless deaths

The research found 597 homeless people died in 2017, compared to 492 in 2013. Shelter campaign director Greg Beales said: “This appalling loss of life should be a source of national shame. There is nothing inevitable about homelessness or about these tragic deaths which are a consequence of a housing...

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Top Scots lawyer warns Tory immigration laws may miss Brexit deadline

Top Scots lawyer warns Tory immigration laws may miss Brexit deadline

“The reality is there is little chance of legislation being in place for 30 March 2019, which is when it will be needed if we have a hard Brexit.” Smith also told the BBC: “The most important point to reflect on immediately is that we are staring ever closer at...

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Nicola Sturgeon calls for halt on Theresa May’s Brexit to avoid disaster

Nicola Sturgeon calls for halt on Theresa May’s Brexit to avoid disaster

May met the first ministers of Scotland and Wales along with representatives from the Northern Ireland civil service as she urged the leaders to “pull together” to back her proposed withdrawal agreement. Her re-assurances did not satisfy the First Minister, who instead called for time to be made to seek...

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