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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Budget 2018: Stooshie over Scots Tories whisky duty freeze credit

Budget 2018: Stooshie over Scots Tories whisky duty freeze credit

READ MORE:Budget 2018: Looking at Philip Hammond’s vision at a glance Announcing the freeze, Hammond said he was acting “in response to the concerted lobbying of my Scottish Conservative colleagues”. He told MPs that the freeze on duty on spirits, would mean they could “all afford to raise a wee...

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Blackford issues new ‘alliance’ call to Corbyn in Brexit fight

Blackford issues new ‘alliance’ call to Corbyn in Brexit fight

READ MORE: Phillip Hammond admits no-deal Brexit would derail Tory Budget Citing Scotland’s Remain majority, he stated: “Labour is in dangers of alienating our voters, supporters and members by looking like followers on Brexit rather than the leaders people expect us to be. “Nowhere is that more true than here...

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Hammond admits no-deal Brexit would mean tearing up Budget

Hammond admits no-deal Brexit would mean tearing up Budget

READ MORE: Blackford renews Brexit unity plea to Labour after peer tells Corbyn to ‘step up’ Speaking on Sky News on Sunday, he said: “If we were to leave the European Union without any deal – and I think that’s an extremely unlikely situation, but of course we have to...

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Nicola Sturgeon warns of ‘horrific consequences’ of anti-Semitism after

Nicola Sturgeon warns of ‘horrific consequences’ of anti-Semitism after

She spoke out on Twitter after Robert Bowers killed eight men and three women inside the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday before being shot by police. He told officers that Jews were committing genocide and that he wanted them all to die, according to a charging document....

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Appeal to Sturgeon over ‘forgotten town, left to rot’

Appeal to Sturgeon over ‘forgotten town, left to rot’

READ MORE: Highway to hell: calls for action on Scotland’s forgotten route Romano Petrucci, chair of Stranraer Development Trust, was born and brought up in Stranraer and his family has run a fish and chip shop there for almost 60 years, as well as other business interests. In his letter,...

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No deal Brexit spells danger for Scotland’s financial services

No deal Brexit spells danger for Scotland’s financial services

ICAS is the professional body for more than 20,000 accountancy professionals working in Scotland, the UK and globally, with members in more than 100 countries. Cartwright said all the UK’s accountancy bodies had written collectively to the UK Government earlier this month after the publication of a technical note from...

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Alison Thewliss urges Tories to end ‘appalling’ benefits freeze

Alison Thewliss urges Tories to end ‘appalling’ benefits freeze

READ MORE: Our society is becoming numb to the horrors of food banks She said it was “appalling” that people who were struggling financially were being forced into poverty by the UK Government’s refusal to allow benefits to keep pace with inflation. Until 2015, working-age benefits including child tax credits,...

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EU chiefs urged to prepare for a delay to Brexit date

EU chiefs urged to prepare for a delay to Brexit date

The UK is currently due to leave the EU in March, with only five months to complete a workable withdrawal agreement to be ratified by national parliaments. After talks that lasted an hour, Khan said Barnier had been “willing to listen” to concerns about the negotiations. The mayor said: “I...

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Spain’s Foreign Ministry in bid to halt MPs’ work on Catalonia

Spain’s Foreign Ministry in bid to halt MPs’ work on Catalonia

He proposed that a group of senators meet with Lord Fowler last month and, in a briefing note, said the peer would be aware of the “Spanish malaise” because of the existence of the APPG, which was an “anomaly” in the UK Parliament. Lord Fowler, Speaker of the House of...

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SNP urge ‘vile benefit speech’ Tory MSP to resign

SNP urge ‘vile benefit speech’ Tory MSP to resign

Ballantyne was accused of hypocrisy as she had claimed child benefits and tax credits for her own six children. WATCH:Tory MSP’s response so brutal even her colleague can’t watch The outrageous comment in the middle of a debate on ending austerity, poverty and inequality visibly shocked other MSPs in Parliament...

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Theresa May to face ministers as leadership contest rumours persist

Theresa May to face ministers as leadership contest rumours persist

That’s 15% of all Tory MPs, the magic number needed under party rules to start the no confidence process. Speculation was only slightly quashed when Sir Graham Brady, the chair of the 1922 committee of Tory backbenchers, who is responsible for any vote, said he would not be delivering any...

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‘Increasing chaos’ of Brexit will cripple Scottish universities

‘Increasing chaos’ of Brexit will cripple Scottish universities

Scottish universities minister Richard Lochhead agreed, saying that even if the Prime Minister managed to secure a deal with the EU that it would lead to “long-term damage to the scientific interests of all parts of the UK”. “The negative impact of Brexit on research and innovation in Scotland cannot...

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Action call over victims of ‘dodgy’ Green Deal

Action call over victims of ‘dodgy’ Green Deal

It was introduced by Westminster in 2013 to encourage energy efficiency in the UK’s homes and cut fuel poverty. But thousands have been left out of pocket, with many tied to expensive 25-year finance deals or left with properties that fail building regulations as a result of contracts with Home...

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Restless Tory MPs prepare to take on May as leadership rumours intensify

Restless Tory MPs prepare to take on May as leadership rumours intensify

READ MORE:Nobel Prize winners write to PM warning of Brexit ‘barriers’ to research Rumours about his bid for the top job have intensified in recent days, with friends of Davis, who resigned over May’s Chequers plan, suggesting he would take over as Prime Minister, take Britain out of the EU...

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Nobel Prize winners write to PM warning of Brexit ‘barriers’ to research

Nobel Prize winners write to PM warning of Brexit ‘barriers’ to research

READ MORE:Restless Tory MPs prepare to take on Theresa May as leadership rumours intensify Their message was echoed by the London-based Francis Crick Institute, which warned that a hard Brexit could cripple science across the continent. Nobel winner and Crick director Sir Paul Nurse, one of the signatories to the...

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Scottish Government works on secret indyref2 briefings behind the scenes

Scottish Government works on secret indyref2 briefings behind the scenes

Tory researchers happened across the existence of the papers through a freedom of information (FoI) request. The contents of the documents were not released, but in their response to the Tories, the Scottish Government confirmed that they involved legal advice given to ministers. The only material released so far has...

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Scottish Tories in new threat of rebellion on Brexit

Scottish Tories in new threat of rebellion on Brexit

“It could be time limited, there could be another mechanism,” he told BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show. The possibility of the implementation period – the time between Brexit day in March next year and the day the UK finally, fully leaves Europe and new arrangements kick in – being...

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Tory civil war turns brutal as Prime Minister goes ‘kamikaze’

Tory civil war turns brutal as Prime Minister goes ‘kamikaze’

The brutal language comes as reports suggested 46 backbenchers have submitted letters to the chair of the 1922 committee of Tory backbenchers calling for a vote of no confidence – just two short of the threshold needed to launch a leadership contest. The Prime Minister’s Brexit secretary Dominic Raab tried...

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Stark warning to Chancellor as he walks ‘blindfolded’ into Brexit Budget

Stark warning to Chancellor as he walks ‘blindfolded’ into Brexit Budget

Philip Hammond will present the Budget to Parliament a week tomorrow. Blackford called on the Chancellor to heed his own warnings, and use the Budget to rule out an extreme Tory Brexit. He said: “The UK Government must ditch its destructive plans for an extreme Tory Brexit, which it knows...

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Haulage industry fears delays and bankruptcies could stem from no-deal Brexit

Haulage industry fears delays and bankruptcies could stem from no-deal Brexit

Martin Reid, Scotland director of the Road Haulage Association is very concerned about a no-deal Brexit on a number of fronts. “A no-deal Brexit is going to be chaos for the industry. “Our members, along with just about every business, are getting more and more frustrated on the lack of...

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Mundell ‘only now realising how bad Brexit will be for Scotland’

Mundell ‘only now realising how bad Brexit will be for Scotland’

READ MORE:Date set in UK’s challenge to Scottish court’s Brexit ruling May and the EU have already pencilled in the end of December 2020 as the end of transition, the purpose of which is to allow the country time to prepare. But at this week’s summit the UK said it...

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Date set in UK’s challenge to Scottish court’s Brexit ruling

Date set in UK’s challenge to Scottish court’s Brexit ruling

READ MORE:David Mundell ‘only now realising how bad Brexit will be for Scotland’ The Lord President, Lord Carloway, said yesterday at the Court of Session that he would hear an application for leave to appeal to the UK Supreme Court on November 8. Green MSP Andy Wightman, one of the...

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Secretive Brexit group spends £250,000 on Facebook ad campaign

Secretive Brexit group spends £250,000 on Facebook ad campaign

Yet their pro-Brexit, anti-Chequers messages are estimated to have targeted between 10m and 11m people on Facebook. According to the company 89up, Mainstream Network have spent around £257,000 on their campaign in the last 10 months. That’s almost double what UKIP has spent. The firm have also been accused of...

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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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