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The Gender Recognition Act has passed – but its future remains uncertain

Following months of protests, legal challenges and more than 100 amendments, the Scottish Parliament voted on Thursday (December 22nd) in favour of the Gender Recognition Act. The Act, which passed by a margin of 86 to 39, removes the requirement for a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria for a trans person to acquire a gender […]

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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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What could the Scottish Tories’ factionalism mean?

Leader of the Scottish Tories, Douglas Ross (with the support of other Scottish Conservatives), has called for Boris Johnson to resign after the PM’s admission to attending a party in the Downing Street garden, May 2020. The leader of the House of Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg, has responded, referring to Ross as “quite a lightweight figure.” […]

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The SNP-Green power-sharing deal: the student perspective

As Nicola Sturgeon announced the SNP-Green power-sharing deal last month, many advocates of sustainability will likely have been excited at the prospect of a representative of the Green Party occupying a ministerial position for the first time in UK history. Furthermore, supporters of a second independence referendum, one would imagine, will have regarded the situation […]

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Data not dates as Sturgeon calls for independence after pandemic

Nicola Sturgeon has called for the timing of any future Scottish independence referendum to be determined by “data not dates”, despite the party previously committing to hold a referendum by the end of 2023.  In a wide-ranging speech to the SNP’s annual conference, the First Minister also criticised the UK government’s new Nationality and Borders […]

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SNP-Green power-sharing deal approved

Members of the Scottish Green party have voted overwhelmingly to enter government for the first time in their history, in a “cooperation agreement” with the Scottish National Party, whose members also ratified the deal.  Via an Extraordinary General Meeting, Scottish Green members voted 82% in favour of gaining two junior ministerial portfolios for their co-leaders, […]

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Fourth win for the SNP with calls for second independence referendum

The Scottish National Party is celebrating the party’s fourth consecutive victory in the Scottish parliament election after winning a near majority of 64 seats.  In Scotland’s highest ever electoral turnout, with around 63 per cent of the electorate voting, the SNP fell short of just one seat needed to secure a majority at Holyrood but […]

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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 […]