People Make Yes in bold new Scottish independence campaign

People Make Yes in bold new Scottish independence campaign

A website, social media accounts, posters and printed materials will then be created. It is all being paid for by the money raised through the Scottish Independence Campaign’s crowdfunding which has so far reached £93,000 of the £180,000 target. “We’re thrilled to be working with such respected company to deliver...

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Has class politics been marginalised by focus on other types of identity?

Has class politics been marginalised by focus on other types of identity?

I left school at 16 in the early days of Margaret Thatcher’s government, who despite her relatively humble origins as a grocer’s daughter from Lincolnshire, seemed to symbolise the power and wealth of those who spoke and acted as our lords and betters. Times have moved on, and society has...

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Designer behind new campaign will help YOU deliver independence

Designer behind new campaign will help YOU deliver independence

In essence, we want to develop a strong visual identity that allows us to launch national campaigns but also celebrate all the good work that is currently being undertaken throughout the independence movement. We’ve had an incredible level of support this far in the process, and have met some inspirational...

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Labour and SNP deny indyref coalition talks

Labour and SNP deny indyref coalition talks

The report says the SNP will prop up Labour in return for a second referendum on Scottish independence. One SNP minister told the paper: “There’s been a sea change in relations with Labour in London. They’ve got a sniff of power and they know how significant the SNP are likely...

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Momentum growing for indyref2 as senior SNP figures insist ‘now is the time’

Momentum growing for indyref2 as senior SNP figures insist ‘now is the time’

READ MORE: Whitford: Now is the time for Scotland to have the right to choose its future Writing in today’s Sunday National, she said: “As the 27 remaining EU states meet today to consider the withdrawal agreement and political declaration, we need to consider the mechanisms by which Scotland’s life...

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‘Brexodus’: EU nationals to leave Scotland unless indyref2 called

‘Brexodus’: EU nationals to leave Scotland unless indyref2 called

READ MORE:Why we want to leave – EU citizens fear for future without indyref2 She said many had been waiting for a plebiscite but without any plans for one being unveiled they believed they had to start establishing their lives abroad before facing increased competition for housing and jobs “because...

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Theresa May insists UK is beyond point of return on Brexit deal

Theresa May insists UK is beyond point of return on Brexit deal

In a BBC phone-in as part of her drive to sell the agreement to the public, May insisted there was no mood on the EU side for fresh concessions. “If we were to go back to the European Union and say ‘People didn’t like that deal can we have another...

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Alison Thewliss scalds Home Office for misapplication of own rules

Alison Thewliss scalds Home Office for misapplication of own rules

It forces migrants to leave the country over “the undesirability of permitting the person concerned to remain in the United Kingdom in the light of his conduct (including convictions which do not fall within paragraph 322(1C), character or associations or the fact that he represents a threat to national security”....

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Why we want to leave  – EU citizens fear for future without indyref2

Why we want to leave – EU citizens fear for future without indyref2

READ MORE: ‘Brexodus’: EU nationals to leave Scotland unless indyref2 called However, she fears without a referendum in the near future, their best course of action is to investigate moving elsewhere. “If Scotland becomes independent we would stay. Scotland could become a lot richer if it was independent and I...

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Former BNP member pictured working with Scotland in Union

Former BNP member pictured working with Scotland in Union

READ MORE: How Scotland in Union went from next Better Together to an embarrassment Another photo, taken in the November of that year, described him as part of their “Fife team” during a event in St Andrews. An SNP spokesperson told The National they found the picture “deeply disturbing”. READ...

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Theresa May’s post-Brexit plan fails to win over Tory waverers

Theresa May’s post-Brexit plan fails to win over Tory waverers

READ MORE: What’s the purpose of Theresa May’s political declaration on Brexit? In a bid to even the odds in her favour the Prime Minister had sought to address key Brexiteer concerns in a political declaration, a 26-page text outlining the future relationship between the UK and the EU and...

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Mundell accused of U-turn over fishing rights vow made to May

Mundell accused of U-turn over fishing rights vow made to May

READ MORE: Theresa May’s post-Brexit plan fails to win over Tory waverers A paragraph from the agreement said: “The parties should establish a new fisheries agreement on inter alia – access to water and quota shares.” But last week the Scottish Secretary and 12 Scottish Tory MPs threatened an unprecedented...

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What’s the purpose of May’s political declaration on Brexit?

What’s the purpose of May’s political declaration on Brexit?

READ MORE: Theresa May’s post-Brexit plan fails to win over Tory waverers It will merely go from being a draft aspiration to an official aspiration. We saw a seven-page outline last week, but after furious lobbying of the Prime Minister by the Brexiteers in her own party, and thanks in...

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Mundell ‘loses all credibility’ with failure to resign

Mundell ‘loses all credibility’ with failure to resign

READ MORE: Theresa May’s post-Brexit plan fails to win over Tory waverers A paragraph from the agreement said: “The parties should establish a new fisheries agreement on inter alia – access to water and quota shares.” But last week the Scottish Secretary and 12 Scottish Tory MPs threatened an unprecedented...

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FM: Scotland is paying price for not being independent in Brexit deal

FM: Scotland is paying price for not being independent in Brexit deal

READ MORE:Why hope will defeat fear to win our independence Speaking in the Commons, a day after talks with Sturgeon, the Prime Minister turned down the possibility of changing course in such a direction. May said: “The First Minister’s alternative is for the UK to stay in the single market...

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Why hope will defeat fear to win our independence

Why hope will defeat fear to win our independence

READ MORE:Four years on, The National has become the beating heart of our movement Even the leaders of the No campaign had to confess that scaremongering was nonsense. Alistair Darling admitted that: “The question is not whether Scotland could survive as an independent nation. Of course it could.” David Cameron...

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Four years on, The National has become the beating heart of our movement

Four years on, The National has become the beating heart of our movement

READ MORE:FM: Scotland is paying price for not being independent in Brexit deal The National has put the Mither Tongue firmly on the map with a weekly column in Scots and social media maestro Stephen Paton has produced films and live-streams with a wider reach than my own Nation films...

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May heads to Brussels for crunch EU talks as coup attempts falter

May heads to Brussels for crunch EU talks as coup attempts falter

READ MORE: UK Government fail in bid to block Scots’ court case on revoking Brexit Downing Street said the meeting was part of the “ongoing negotiations over the future framework” agreement with the EU. Yesterday, the Brexiteer mastermind, Jacob Rees-Mogg said he wasn’t humiliated after plans to overthrow the Prime...

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DUP will get £1bn fund even if deal with the Tories collapses

DUP will get £1bn fund even if deal with the Tories collapses

READ MORE: Why is DUP support so important to Theresa May and the Conservatives? May struck a “confidence and supply” arrangement with the 10 DUP MPs after she lost her majority following the snap election in June 2017. The DUP agreed to support the Government on all key votes (such...

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Why is DUP support so important to Theresa May and the Conservatives?

Why is DUP support so important to Theresa May and the Conservatives?

READ MORE: DUP will get £1bn fund even if deal with the Tories collapses She faces huge difficulties getting the Brexit deal passed in the Commons as 58 hardline Tory Brexiteers are unlikely to support it along with 14 Remain-supporting Tories. She has around just 244 loyal MPs. She is...

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Kirsty Hughes: Backstop debate is a distraction from real damage from Brexit

Kirsty Hughes: Backstop debate is a distraction from real damage from Brexit

READ MORE:The People’s Vote campaign’s supporters prove it’s not about the people The issue here is differentiation: Why are other countries or territories getting special deals and not Scotland (nor England)? In the case of Cyprus and Gibraltar, there is pre-existing differentiation: The UK’s Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus are...

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FM heads to London in bid to derail Tories’ Brexit deal

FM heads to London in bid to derail Tories’ Brexit deal

Sturgeon said she believed Brussels would be willing to renegotiate the withdrawal agreement if it meant a closer relationship between Britain and the EU. “If the House of Commons says we want to go down the road of single market and customs union membership, we want more time to take...

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True toll of ‘unnecessary’ Tory austerity laid bare in UN report

True toll of ‘unnecessary’ Tory austerity laid bare in UN report

Alston criticised Chancellor Philip Hammond, who at the last Budget could “easily have spared the poor” but chose not to. “Resources were available to the Treasury at the last Budget that could have transformed the situation of millions of people living in poverty, but the political choice was made to...

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May clings to power as momentum fades for confidence vote

May clings to power as momentum fades for confidence vote

Reports suggested it could be Monday before the 48 letters needed to trigger a vote of confidence in the Prime Minister were submitted to Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 backbench committee of Tory MPs. Leading Eurosceptic Steve Baker, told the BBC that while the threshold could be met...

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Blackford: Brexit shambles underlines imperative for independence

Blackford: Brexit shambles underlines imperative for independence

READ MORE: SNP ready for second Day of Action to promote independence for Scotland He added that despite the overwhelming vote to Remain north of the Border, the UK Government has refused to engage with repeated compromise proposals by the Scottish Government. The First Minister repeated calls for a bespoke...

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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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