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Scottish Government can not hold second independence referendum, Supreme Court rules

On Wednesday 23 November, the UK Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the Scottish Government can not hold a second independence referendum without permission from Westminster.  This means that ‘indyref2’ can not be called by the Scottish Parliament independently.  Nicola Sturgeon commented that this “blocks one route” to independence through UK consent.  Under the 1998 Scotland […]

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Nicola Sturgeon says an independent Scotland would apply to rejoin the EU

Nicola Sturgeon has announced that an independent Scotland would apply to re-join the EU. Given that during the 2016 Brexit referendum, all 32 local authorities in Scotland voted to remain in the EU, this may not come as a surprise. In order to re-join the EU as an independent state, Scotland would encounter some economic […]

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Boris Johnson to resign as PM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has today told Sir Graham Brady, the chair of the 1922 Committee, that he intends to step down from his role as leader of the Conservative Party. But Johnson wants to stay on in a caretaker role as prime minister until the Conservative Party choses a new leader to replace him. […]

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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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Omicron variant sweeps Scotland

As of Wednesday 1 December, there are now ten reported omicron cases in Scotland, a rise of one from five in Lancashire and four in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area reported on Tuesday.  During her announcement on Tuesday, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon identified the nine individuals as being linked to a single […]

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A small drop in a very large ocean

Starting November off with a bang, Nicola Sturgeon has announced that Scotland would pledge £1 million to help developing countries to deal with the “loss and damage” of climate change. This money will be coming from the Climate Justice Fund which will be increasing from £6 million to £24 million. Scotland has received praise from […]

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Extinction Rebellion march through Edinburgh as COP26 begins

On Sunday 31 November, the day that COP26 began in Glasgow, hundreds of people were out, not trick-or-treating, but protesting. These demonstrators were part of Extinction Rebellion (XR), a global environmental movement fighting against mass extinction and committed to the prevention of the collapse of climate and ecological systems.  The march started from the Meadows […]

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Covid-19 vaccine certificate legally enforced in Scotland

The covid-19 vaccine certification scheme became enforceable by law on 18 October 2021 in Scotland. This followed a seventeen-day grace period after the scheme was originally announced to begin on 1 October this year.  The grace period was enacted to allow venues and businesses time to test the procedure required. The scheme requires all adults […]