Donald Tusk holds out hope that Britain could abandon Brexit process

Donald Tusk holds out hope that Britain could abandon Brexit process

Earlier in the day, the president had been formally presented with a copy of the 585-page draft agreement by Europe’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier. Copies have also been handed out to the ambassadors from the EU27, who are due to meet at the end of this week to feed...

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Sturgeon urged to call second independence referendum as Tories implode

Sturgeon urged to call second independence referendum as Tories implode

During yesterday’s First Minister’s Questions, Scottish Green MSP Patrick Harvie argued that there was “already enough clarity to make a judgment”. READ MORE:This is why the time has come for the First Minister to act on independence He told Sturgeon that May’s draft Brexit agreement contained nothing “that protects our...

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David Mundell clings on as Scottish Tory MP tells him to resign

David Mundell clings on as Scottish Tory MP tells him to resign

The Secretary of State for Scotland had come under pressure after a slew of government resignations yesterday. Many of those on the way out have questioned the ability of the deal agreed by Theresa May to protect the integrity of the UK, as it calls for a “deeper” customs arrangements...

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Theresa May’s reign as PM teeters on brink despite Cabinet support for EU deal

Theresa May’s reign as PM teeters on brink despite Cabinet support for EU deal

READ MORE:Sturgeon demands Scotland is given equal treatment in Brexit deal That was despite the beleaguered Prime Minister managing to secure the support of the Cabinet for her draft Brexit agreement. In a statement read outside Number 10, after a mammoth and bad tempered five-hour meeting, the Tory leader said...

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Mundell ‘content’ with May’s Brexit agreement despite threats to quit

Mundell ‘content’ with May’s Brexit agreement despite threats to quit

READ MORE:Theresa May’s latest Brexit fudge is as useless as her others Mundell had viewed the draft agreement on Tuesday night, and his support for the letter suggested he was anything but content. Publication of the missive saw Ladbrokes slash odds on the veteran Scots MP being the next minister...

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Energy giant SSE admits to uncertainty as Npower merger delayed

Energy giant SSE admits to uncertainty as Npower merger delayed

its toll. SSE said the incoming price cap on standard variable tariffs (SVTs) – due to come into force in January – will put further pressure on retail division profits for the full year and in 2019/20. The impact of the cap saw SSE and Innogy-owned npower announce last week...

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Defeat looms for May over special Brexit deal for Northern Ireland

Defeat looms for May over special Brexit deal for Northern Ireland

READ MORE:Mike Russell demands Tories repeal part of Withdrawal Act to avoid power grab There was pressure, too, on Scots Tory leader Ruth Davidson and Scottish Secretary David Mundell. They recently told May they could not “support any deal that creates a border of any kind in the Irish Sea...

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Mike Russell demands Tories repeal part of Brexit legislation

Mike Russell demands Tories repeal part of Brexit legislation

READ MORE:Leave campaign economist ‘doesn’t give a damn’ about Union He spoke out after Theresa May’s de facto deputy, the UK Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington told MPs “significant progress” was being made on agreeing common policy frameworks. The Scottish Government has been insistent that when powers are returned from...

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Leave campaign economist ‘doesn’t give a damn’ about Union

Leave campaign economist ‘doesn’t give a damn’ about Union

READ MORE:Mike Russell demands Tories repeal part of Withdrawal Act to avoid power grab He continued: “I don’t believe there need to be stop-and-check controls at the Irish border, but I am not prepared to see any compromises on anything fundamental to avoid them. “Avoiding them (especially insofar as they...

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Russell calls for May to let UK’s devolved Governments in on Brexit plans

Russell calls for May to let UK’s devolved Governments in on Brexit plans

READ MORE:Gordon Brown: Scotland could bypass Westminster to work with the EU Once a deal has been reached with Brussels, the Government will present MPs with three documents: A statement announcing the agreement with the EU, the text of the withdrawal agreement – which is expected to run to between...

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Brown: Scotland could bypass Westminster to work with the EU

Brown: Scotland could bypass Westminster to work with the EU

READ MORE:Fresh call for Scottish nature law as Brexit draws closer The ex-MP for Kirkcaldy also said that he believes there will be a second referendum on Brtain’s membership of the EU, and called for a “royal commission of the people” to try and unite the country. Brown, who insisted...

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Fresh call for Scottish nature law as Brexit draws closer

Fresh call for Scottish nature law as Brexit draws closer

READ MORE: Holyrood calls for UK’s devolved Parliaments to be informed of Brexit plans The group says 80% of environmental legislation currently comes from the EU and leaving the bloc will mean losing “unrivalled support and enforcement” from Brussels and its agencies. This could mean new threats to seabirds, waterways,...

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Scottish Independence Convention fund hits halfway mark

Scottish Independence Convention fund hits halfway mark

The SIC has revealed to The National that it is ready to start recruiting staff at the end of the month – expect that announcement to come around the time of St Andrew’s Day. In the meantime, the cross-party non-partisan SIC is today launching a fundraising push in a bid...

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No-deal Brexit looms as Tory deadlock with Brussels continues

No-deal Brexit looms as Tory deadlock with Brussels continues

The leading Brexiteer warned May she would also struggle to get a deal through Westminster if the plan does not include strict time limits on the arrangement. The EU and UK agreed in a political deal in December last year “a backstop” was required in the Withdrawal Agreement – the...

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Labour’s Thornberry insists People’s Vote is still an option

Labour’s Thornberry insists People’s Vote is still an option

She added the referendum result “ought to be abided by” but added an “injection of democracy” is needed via a “meaningful vote” for Parliament. Appearing on BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show, Thornberry said: “Theresa May is simply giving us a devil in the deep blue sea – she’s saying...

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Crowdfunder for new independence campaign hits halfway mark

Crowdfunder for new independence campaign hits halfway mark

The SIC has revealed to The National that it is ready to start recruiting staff at the end of the month – expect that announcement to come around the time of St Andrew’s Day. In the meantime, the cross-party non-partisan SIC is today launching a fundraising push in a bid...

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Gender equality campaigners call for action on Equal Pay Day

Gender equality campaigners call for action on Equal Pay Day

of the year as a result of the pay gap with male counterparts. Dawn Butler, shadow minister for women and equalities, said: “The fact that Equal Pay Day has fallen on the same date for three consecutive years shows we still have a very long way to go in the...

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New Caledonia’s independence referendum is worth examination

New Caledonia’s independence referendum is worth examination

READ MORE: Alyn Smith: Forget the Budget, Merkel is quitting and this is what it means Over the weekend the 175,000 eligible voters of the islands were asked: “Do you want New Caledonia to attain full sovereignty and become independent?” Around 56% voted “No” and 44% voted “Yes.” The turnout...

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SNP ministers criticise party’s stance on People’s Vote

SNP ministers criticise party’s stance on People’s Vote

READ MORE: Holyrood backs ‘People’s Vote’ referendum on final Brexit deal Kenneth Gibson added his voice to concerns raised last week by senior MPs Pete Wishart and Angus MacNeil and former Cabinet minister Alex Neil. Gibson spoke out after rebelling against the party whip in Holyrood on Wednesday which saw...

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SNP urge Westminster to devolve North Sea oil revenues

SNP urge Westminster to devolve North Sea oil revenues

READ MORE: Rising activity vital to North Sea sector success, regulator says The figures were based on production estimates from the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS), the waters surrounding the UK in which the country has mineral rights. However, the OGA believed it would require substantial investment in new fields and...

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Labour activist faces union action over anti-Semitism row

Labour activist faces union action over anti-Semitism row

READ MORE: Labour Party members at centre of police anti-Semitism investigation In the latest instalment of the row over anti-Semitism which has bedevilled Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party for several months, it is clear that the GMB union leadership is taking action because Gregson has been an outspoken critic...

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SNP politicians criticise party’s stance on People’s Vote

SNP politicians criticise party’s stance on People’s Vote

READ MORE: Holyrood backs ‘People’s Vote’ referendum on final Brexit deal Kenneth Gibson added his voice to concerns raised last week by senior MPs Pete Wishart and Angus MacNeil and former Cabinet minister Alex Neil. Gibson spoke out after rebelling against the party whip in Holyrood on Wednesday which saw...

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Hope of rescue remains as Michelin staff return to Dundee plant

Hope of rescue remains as Michelin staff return to Dundee plant

READ MORE: Michelin say Economy Secretary has till end of month to save factory It will also consider a two-year viability plan drawn up by the union Unite after the company announced production wold be cut due to deteriorating market conditions in Europe. Michelin blamed the closure on an influx...

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Unification ‘the only Brexit win’ for Northern Ireland, report claims

Unification ‘the only Brexit win’ for Northern Ireland, report claims

The report examined three potential scenarios: a hard Brexit, in which all of the UK leaves the single market and the customs union; Northern Ireland remaining within the single market and customs union; and the unification of Ireland. It found that a hard Brexit would reduce Northern Ireland’s GDP by...

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Campaign calls for action to help one million Scots in poverty

Campaign calls for action to help one million Scots in poverty

The Child Poverty Act 2017 makes Scotland the only part of the UK with targets for reducing poverty. It requires the Scottish Government to reduce the number of children who live in poverty by 2030. A delivery plan was published in March but the Poverty Alliance has set out its...

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May’s latest plan to resolve the NI backstop impasse stalls

May’s latest plan to resolve the NI backstop impasse stalls

Varadkar’s spokesman said the Irish premier indicated he was ready to consider proposals for a review mechanism, but only if it was clear that the arrangement cannot be ditched by one side acting alone. The backstop has become the major obstacle to agreement on the UK’s withdrawal from the European...

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Lord Adonis becomes latest pro-Union figure to switch view on independence

Lord Adonis becomes latest pro-Union figure to switch view on independence

Becoming the latest figure to reconsider his opinion in the wake of the Brexit vote, he tweeted: “It is my view that if Brexit happens Scotland might be better off as a separate state within the European Union & that Northern Ireland would certainly be better off – and indeed...

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Brexit chaos is shifting Scots towards independence

Brexit chaos is shifting Scots towards independence

It also revealed that across the UK around half of voters – 46% – were unconcerned about Scotland deciding to leave the UK while 42% were not concerned if Northern Ireland joined the Republic. While most voters across the UK thought Brexit would be bad for the economy, concerns were...

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UK Labour refuses to back Richard Leonard’s position on indyref2

UK Labour refuses to back Richard Leonard’s position on indyref2

He said: “We’ll consider whatever proposals come from Scotland, of course. These are devolved issues that need to be discussed overall.” Leonard promised earlier this year UK Labour would make a commitment to block a second vote in its next General Election manifesto. In the same week, Labour leader Jeremy...

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New Brexit deal would avoid the need for an Irish border backstop

New Brexit deal would avoid the need for an Irish border backstop

At the same time, it reported there would be an “exit clause” in the deal to convince Brexiteers in Parliament that the arrangement – which they oppose – would not be permanent. The EU has to date rejected a temporary customs union. The paper also reported that the Prime Minister...

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US politician still backs Scottish independence – unless we go too far left

US politician still backs Scottish independence – unless we go too far left

The Tennessee politician was the highest level US politician to come out in favour of the Yes campaign in 2014. Yesterday he told the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland that his support stands – but only if the country does not go “too far down the socialist path”. The interview comes...

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Tory minister denies links to Unionist firm with ‘Natzi hunter’ boss

Tory minister denies links to Unionist firm with ‘Natzi hunter’ boss

READ MORE: Nicola Sturgeon urges Tories to ‘come clean’ on NHS Brexit bill According to the Companies House website Esther Louise McVey was appointed as secretary of the company on March 21 this year. Her constituency office in Wilmslow, England, is given as her address, However, it also suggests that...

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Tory minister denies links to Unionist firm with ‘Nazi hunter’ boss

Tory minister denies links to Unionist firm with ‘Nazi hunter’ boss

READ MORE: Nicola Sturgeon urges Tories to ‘come clean’ on NHS Brexit bill According to the Companies House website Esther Louise McVey was appointed as secretary of the company on March 21 this year. Her constituency office in Wilmslow, England, is given as her address, However, it also suggests that...

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Nicola Sturgeon urges Tories to ‘come clean’ on NHS Brexit bill

Nicola Sturgeon urges Tories to ‘come clean’ on NHS Brexit bill

READ MORE: Tory minister denies links to Unionist firm with ‘Nazi hunter’ boss She also pointed to other potential dangers, such as pharmaceutical companies being told to stockpile medicine in preparation for a no-deal scenario. Speaking ahead of her speech at the National Cancer Research Institute Conference, Surgeon said: “Far...

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SNP make landmark appointment with first-ever female chair

SNP make landmark appointment with first-ever female chair

She will now be responsible for overseeing operational party matters and chairing the national executive committee and national conference. Oswald said: “I am thrilled and honoured to be appointed business convener for the SNP at this crucial point in Scottish and UK politics. “With the UK Tory government hellbent on...

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Labour Party members at centre of police anti-Semitism probe

Labour Party members at centre of police anti-Semitism probe

According to the broadcaster, one case in the dossier included a party member who posted on Facebook that a Jewish Labour MP was “a Zionist extremist MP … who hates civilised people, about to get a good kicking”. A serving Labour councillor was also accused of inflicting “10 years of...

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Maybe pigs do fly – David Cameron eyes political return

Maybe pigs do fly – David Cameron eyes political return

READ MORE: Mhairi Black: Austerity isn’t over … despite what the Tories say Cameron, who resigned as prime minister the morning after the Brexit referendum and then stood down as a Tory MP three months later, is, according to a report in The Sun, telling friends he would consider a...

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Leave campaign founder in criminal probe over dark money

Leave campaign founder in criminal probe over dark money

However, Banks said he was confident the investigation would “put an end to the ludicrous allegations” against him. The watchdog also referred Leave.EU, its chief executive, Elizabeth Bilney, and the organisation that ran it, Better for the Country, to the NCA after carrying out a review. Bob Posner, director of...

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Scottish People’s Vote campaign gives no assurances on indyref2

Scottish People’s Vote campaign gives no assurances on indyref2

Nicola Sturgeon has pledged SNP MPs will vote in favour of a second EU referendum if the issue comes before the House of Commons. However, there is concern among some senior SNP politicians that support for the move would mean that a future successful independence vote would then face a...

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Are you fleeing Scotland to avoid the Nat Tax? Here’s where to go…

Are you fleeing Scotland to avoid the Nat Tax? Here’s where to go…

READ MORE:Leonard throws Labour into chaos over Tory tax cuts for rich Quite right too. Why should those earning the most be denied a tax cut at a time when low-paid workers are relying on food banks, libraries are cutting their opening hours and social care budgets are being slashed...

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Leonard throws Labour into chaos over Tory tax cuts for rich

Leonard throws Labour into chaos over Tory tax cuts for rich

According to analysis by the Resolution Foundation, that change will see the richest 10% of households gain the most – around £410 a year. In a move that surprised many of his own MPs, McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, said a Labour government would not reverse the cut. “We’re not going...

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Support for People’s Vote could actually drive No voters to back indy

Support for People’s Vote could actually drive No voters to back indy

READ MORE:Senior SNP figure raises concerns over party’s backing for People’s Vote Well, Pete might be right about the danger of Scots giving People’s Vote campaigners a blank cheque – though Nicola Sturgeon says she’s asking for assurances – and it would have helped party cohesion if MPs and MSPs...

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Nicola Sturgeon warned: ‘People’s Vote could scupper independence’

Nicola Sturgeon warned: ‘People’s Vote could scupper independence’

READ MORE:Support for People’s Vote could actually drive No voters to back indy He spoke out after his party colleague Pete Wishart warned backing a People’s Vote on Brexit could present “all sorts of risks to a future independence referendum for nothing”. Wishart, who is the longest serving SNP MP,...

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Greens fume at SNP and Tories after stricter stalking rule is rejected

Greens fume at SNP and Tories after stricter stalking rule is rejected

Wightman, land reform spokesperson for the Scottish Greens and MSP for Lothian, told the meeting it was a long-running issue and added: “Tracks constructed for agriculture and forestry do not currently require full planning consent. Tracks built for field sports and shooting are in theory required to be subject to...

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Pete Wishart: This is why backing a People’s Vote is a bad idea

Pete Wishart: This is why backing a People’s Vote is a bad idea

READ MORE:Senior SNP figure raises concerns over party’s backing for People’s Vote No-one from the People’s Vote campaign has attempted to answer the question, which is: What if Scotland votes to remain (which it will) and the UK as a whole votes to leave again (which it might)? They won’t...

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Senior SNP figure raises concerns over party’s backing for People’s Vote

Senior SNP figure raises concerns over party’s backing for People’s Vote

READ MORE:Pete Wishart: This is why backing a People’s Vote is a bad idea “Then there is precedent. There is now a view amongst the politicians leading the ‘People’s Vote’ campaign that all big constitutional referendums should now have a ‘confirmatory’ second vote,” he writes in The National today. “The...

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Irish president’s speech hit the right note in dark times

Irish president’s speech hit the right note in dark times

READ MORE:A troubled border: Brexit and the implications for Ireland What an affirming message to hear in a world of turmoil and uncertainty. What a positive contrast to the vulgarity and cruelty of the President of the United States, or the insanity and self-destructiveness of Brexit, the unfairness of austerity,...

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Call for police to re-open Willie McRae death inquiry after nurse revelations

Call for police to re-open Willie McRae death inquiry after nurse revelations

He and another man helped a police officer and paramedic lift the critically injured McRae from his Volvo after it was found lying over a burn on a remote moor on April 6, 1985. READ MORE:Nurse who treated Willie McRae: It wasn’t suicide, he was shot McRae, 61, was a...

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Budget 2018: ‘No end to Tory austerity in Scotland’ warns SNP’s Mackay

Budget 2018: ‘No end to Tory austerity in Scotland’ warns SNP’s Mackay

READ MORE:Budget 2018: Looking at Philip Hammond’s vision at a glance But the Scottish Tories claimed the budget was good for Scotland. And the party’s interim leader north of the border, Jackson Carlaw, said Philip Hammond’s decision to raise the 40p higher rate threshold to £50,000 in England, compared to...

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