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Edinburgh students react to independence referendum announcement

Edinburgh students polled by The Student have reacted in favour of leaving the United Kingdom if a second Scottish independence referendum, announced on Tuesday, goes ahead. According to a straw poll held on The Student’s Instagram account on the night of the announcement, 69% of respondents would vote “Yes” in an October 2023 referendum. The […]

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Nicola Sturgeon announces plan to hold second independence referendum in October 2023

Nicola Sturgeon announced today that her government plans to hold another independence referendum on 19 October 2023. Speaking to Holyrood in a televised address, she said that the 2021 Scottish general election’s pro-independence majority gave her a mandate to pursue another referendum. Like the 2014 vote, the referendum would be consultative, meaning that the result […]

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Scottish independence would lead to “uncertainty for students”, claim opposition

Scottish independence would would bring academic and career uncertainty for students in Scotland according to both main opposition parties, in answer to claims by the Scottish National Party’s Westminster leader, Ian Blackford MP, in his exclusive interview with The Student.  The Leader of the Scottish Conservative party, Douglas Ross, the MP for Moray and Labour’s Shadow […]

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Deidre Brock: Interview with the MP for Edinburgh North and Leith

Deidre Brock, a member of the Scottish National Party (SNP) and the MSP for Edinburgh North and Leith, has held the seat since the 2015 general election. She spoke to The Student about her re-election in December 2019 and her plans for the future. When asked about the SNP majority in Scotland and whether or […]

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Ian Murray: Interview with the MP for Edinburgh South

Ian Murray, the MP for Edinburgh South, speaks to The Student about his current campaign for deputy leader of the Labour Party, as well as his views on Scottish independence, the climate crisis debate, and the cost of attending university. Murray was first elected in the 2010 general election and has held his seat through […]

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Unison supports second independence referendum following Brexit

The UK’s recent withdrawal from the European Union has led to pressure mounting for a second referendum on Scottish independence. Unison’s Scottish council has voted to give its backing for the Scottish parliament to be given ‘Section-30’ powers, which would allow it to call a second referendum on its own, without the need for Westminster’s […]

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Scottish Labour must advocate for greater devolved power and a more federal UK

Although the UK wide election result was disastrous for the Labour Party, the Scottish result was cataclysmic. To find an example of a comparable defeat, you must back to the beginning of the twentieth century. The scale of Scottish Labour’s defeat cannot be overstated.  Scottish Labour needs to completely reassess its campaigning strategy, leadership, messaging […]

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Our constitution is not set in stone: the SNP will get their referendum

Boris Johnson has formally refused First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon’s request for a second referendum on Scottish Independence to be held this year. The response is no surprise, but it does mark another inconclusively decisive move in the sparring between the SNP and Westminster about the future of the union. Whilst unremarkable in its predictability, Johnson’s […]