General Election

General Election

Leader comment: Referendum rethink was the only option

Three weeks after the general election altered the Scottish political landscape, we have confirmation of what was just about the only firm conclusion to be drawn from the results. There is insufficient appetite for a second Scottish independence referendum to be held, and the matter should not be pursued.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is expected to make an announcement later on today. Picture: SWNS

Nicola Sturgeon set to make an announcement on indyref2

NICOLA Sturgeon is expected to set out her position on a second independence referendum at Holyrood later on today.

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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street. Picture: DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images

How long will Theresa May stay in office?

There are few phrases crueller in the already cruel game of politics than ‘lame duck’.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Ruth Davidson have clashed over DUP deal. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Nicola Sturgeon and Ruth Davidson clash over £1bn DUP deal

Nicola Sturgeon has condemned a deal struck between the UK Government and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) as “the worst kind of pork-barrel politics”.

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Britain is between a rock and a hard place and the only thing left to do is climb.

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Lesley Riddoch on Brexit: leaving EU is simpler than staying in

Every day a new Brexit catchphrase is born. Yesterday Brexit Secretary David Davis was “pretty sure”, but not “certain”, he would get a free trade deal with the EU. The Archbishop of Canterbury called for a “cross-party” approach and was immediately slapped down – nicely of course – by foreign aid minister Priti Patel.

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Ruth Davidson needs policies she can say are Conservative but which other parties can also call their own,  which dont frighten more voters away than they attract. Picture: Greg Macvean

Brian Monteith: Ruth Davidson must choose her path at crossroads

The Queen’s Speech has now been read and is likely to pass, confirming Theresa May will govern as she walks on eggshells that could at any time break. For no other than the powerful argument of self-preservation it is more likely than not that she will traverse the dark chasm of ignominy that lies beneath her. Her troubles have been of her own making but there is now an opportunity of slowly recovering her reputation.

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Ian Blackford: Indyref2 gives voters chance to have say on Brexit deal

A second independence referendum will be presented to voters as the chance to “have their say on the final outcome of Brexit”, the SNP’s Westminster leader has claimed, amid growing signs that party leader Nicola Sturgeon will shelve Indyref2 this week.

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David Davis has warned SNP over Brexit bill. Picture: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA Wire

David Davis urges SNP not to sink Brexit deal

The SNP has been warned not to ­disrupt the passage of critical legislation at the heart of the Brexit process or risk opening up a “black hole” in British law.

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has downplayed claims he will get rid of Trident as soon as he can. Picture: David Mirzoeff - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Jeremy Corbyn downplays claims of getting rid of Trident instantly

Jeremy Corbyn has downplayed claims he said he plans to start getting rid of Trident as soon as he can after becoming prime minister.

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Sturgeon vowed to reflect on referendum plans after the election. Picture: Stuart Nicol

SNP to focus on Brexit as indyref2 goes on back burner

Nicola Sturgeon is set to defy calls to abandon indyref2 and will try to push the issue into the background as she attempts the most delicate balancing act of her career.

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Theresa May arrives on the second day of a summit of European Union (EU) leaders. Picture: Aurore Belot/AFP/Getty Images

Theresa May’s offer to EU citizens dismissed as ‘insufficient’

Theresa May’s hopes for an early deal on the rights of expat citizens after Brexit suffered a setback when EU leaders gave a frosty reception to proposals which she unveiled at a Brussels summit.

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David Cameron led the losing Remain campaign ahead of the EU referendum. Picture: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Theresa May ‘blocked’ attempt to protect EU nationals

Theresa May blocked David Cameron’s attempt after last year’s Brexit referendum to unilaterally guarantee that European Union nationals living in Britain could stay in the country, George Osborne’s newspaper has claimed.

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Brexit negotiations between the UK and EU are underway. Picture: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Ross McCafferty: Both sides still unable to deal with Brexit

We need politicians who can admit everything is up for negotiation when it comes to Brexit, says Ross McCafferty

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A fishing boat lies idle in Ullapool. Michael Gove has said Brexit will offer the fishing industry an opportunity for expansion. Picture: Jon Savage/TSPL

Michael Gove: Brexit could boost Scots fishing industry

Leaving the European Union will create a “sea of opportunity” for the fishing industry, the new Environment Secretary Michael Gove has said.

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Jeremy Corbyn has overtaken Theresa May for the first time on the question of who voters think would make the best prime minister, a poll suggests. Picture; PA

Jeremy Corbyn overtakes Theresa May in latest poll

Jeremy Corbyn has overtaken Theresa May for the first time on the question of who voters think would make the best prime minister, a poll suggests.

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Theresa May’s EU citizens proposals ‘cautiously welcomed’

Theresa May has won a guarded welcome from fellow European leaders for proposals which could see three million EU citizens win the right to stay on in Britain after Brexit.

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SNP want Brexit seat in return for ‘not disrupting UK plans’

The SNP has indicated it will demand a seat at the Brexit negotiations in Brussels in return for ensuring the Scottish Parliament does not disrupt Theresa May’s plans to withdraw Britain from the European Union.

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Queen Elizabeth II during the Queen's speech. Picture; Getty

Bill Jamieson: Hung parliament has its benefits too

Instead of rushing into ill-considered legislation, we can now re-assess the effectiveness of existing laws, says Bill Jamieson

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Nicola Sturgeon misjudged the Scottish electorate when pushing indyref2 before the general election.

Tom Peterkin: Sturgeon faces fundamental difficulties on indyref2

The SNP’s unwillingness to tackle its own weaknesses has led to First Minister’s dilemma writes Tom Peterkin

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MSPs will get the chance to vote down key Brexit bills

MSPs will get the chance to vote down key Brexit bills

The UK is heading for a new constitutional crisis after Theresa May confirmed that MSPs are likely to get a vote on the Brexit bill at the heart of the Queen’s Speech.

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