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Holyrood says Yes: Nicola Sturgeon given mandate to go for indyref2

Independence supporters take part in a rally outside the Scottish Parliament during yesterday’s Section 30 vote

NICOLA Sturgeon will this week make a formal request to the Prime Minister for Holyrood to be given powers to hold a new independence referendum, saying it would be “democratically indefensible” for it to be refused.

12:00am Wednesday 29 March 2017

Letters I: Juncker’s words must be taken in the right context

Jean-Claude Juncker was restricted in what he could say, due to the fundamental terms under which European commissioners operate

JOHN Edgar’s letter calling into question Jean-Claude Juncker’s attitude to Scotland (Has Juncker not noticed indyref2 wave of support, The National, March 28) displays ignorance of the fundamental terms under which the European commissioners…

12:00am Wednesday 29 March 2017

Letters II: Unionism can mean different things to different Unionists

Nationalists should focus on pressing Unionists on what kind of Union they want

THE comment piece by economist Mark Littlewood was an interesting one (Nationalists need economic answers for indyref2 The National, March 24).

12:00am Saturday 25 March 2017

Letters II: Residency rules for indyref2 are neither practical nor fair

The Yes side must make their case

I CAN see to some extent why JF Davidson wants to impose residency requirements in the next indy vote (Should all those resident here get an indyref vote?, The National, March 27). At least his or hers are not as ridiculous as one reader who wanted a…

12:00am Tuesday 28 March 2017

Letters I: As UN talks on a nuclear ban begin, where is the UK?

UN negotiations on a global treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons began yesterday in New York

HAVING been fined £200 on March 13 at Stirling Court for taking peaceful, non-violent direct action against a convoy of hydrogen bombs, it is some consolation to see that the rest of the world takes a more honest approach to nuclear extermination…

12:00am Tuesday 28 March 2017

Theresa May admits Scots will know terms of Brexit deal by the time of indyref2

Nicola Sturgeon and Theresa May met in a Glasgow and the First Minister said she was 'at pains' to clarify the Prime Minister's assurances on timescales

A SECOND referendum on Scottish independence came a step closer yesterday, as the Prime Minister told Nicola Sturgeon the terms of Brexit would be known before the spring of 2019.

12:00am Tuesday 28 March 2017

Letters I: It's time to ban harmful gambling machines

The issue of fixed odds betting terminals has been discussed at various levels of government

FIXED Odds Betting Terminals are addictive machines that are placed in high street bookmakers, predominantly in areas of deprivation where betting shops cluster together. Each shop is allowed four such machines. There has been fierce controversy…

12:00am Monday 27 March 2017

Mark Littlewood: Nationalists need economic answers for indyref2

Must Scotland adopt  the euro? Well, yes and no ...

THE passage of the legislation allowing Theresa May to enact Brexit has started off a new war of words between Westminster and Holyrood, with calls for a new referendum on Scottish independence.

12:00am Friday 24 March 2017

Lesley Riddoch: ScotRef debate needs to find an injection of vision in the near future

SNP MSPs were puzzlingly quiet at the debate on a second independence referendum at the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday. Some dynamism needs to be found again, and soon, as does the spark to rebut dodgy Tory lines on independence  Photograph: Jeff J Mitche

I WAS in Northern Ireland yesterday — a strange location given the independence debate in Edinburgh and the sudden outbreak of violence at Westminster.

12:00am Thursday 23 March 2017

Kevin McKenna: Unionist side will bring its very own brand of grievance culture to indyref2

The way the Westminster Government is doing business in Scotland is concerning

AS the forces of Conservatism and their allies in the state-approved Labour Party go once more unto the breach to defend the Union, a few tired old themes are already being dusted down. There are though, some new ones, including an emerging motif…

12:00am Wednesday 8 March 2017
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