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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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Fracking to remain banned in Scotland

Scotland’s policy on fracking will not change, despite the ban being lifted in England. The UK government formally lifted the moratorium on shale gas production last week. This is part of a larger package of policies intended to increase domestic energy production, according to a statement from Business and Energy Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg. Prime Minister […]

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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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Coronavirus Cases Soar in Scotland

This article was originally submitted on the 26th March As Covid restrictions ease across the UK and Europe, hospital cases have continued to hit record highs in Scotland. Last week, one in eleven people tested returned positive results.  As a result of this increase, three hospitals in Lanarkshire were reported as beyond full. Since then, […]

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What do the latest coronavirus restrictions mean for students?

Coronavirus restrictions in Scotland began to ease on 17 January, as large outdoor events were permitted to resume. Mandatory face coverings remain in place on public transport and in public places in Scotland, although they are no longer required in England. From 24 January, restrictions on indoor events also changed to allow for nightclubs to […]

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Vaccine passports – could they be extended to more venues?

The Covid-19 vaccine passport scheme will be reviewed on the 16 of November as to whether the scheme should be extended to include more venues. The scheme came into effect on18 October after a seventeen-day grace period.  The scheme has made it law that adults over the age of eighteen must show proof of vaccination […]

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Covid looms over COP26

While at least 25,000 delegates are flying in to attend the COP26 summit in Glasgow, Scotland’s covid cases are a tenth of that number, standing at 2,566 new cases and 27 deaths as of Wednesday 27 October.  Of course, compared to England’s 43,922 cases on the same day, Scotland’s covid cases don’t even come close, […]

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Big Cheese returns

The Edinburgh University Students’ Association has recently revived their popular student club night, Big Cheese.  The event, which takes place at the Venue in Potterrow on Saturday nights, had been postponed since March 2020 due to Covid-19, and so returned on 2 October to exhilarated crowds of students.  The atmosphere was definitely one of excitement.  […]