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Theresa May plays down row over ‘Legs-it’ front page

Theresa May has played down a row over a Daily Mail front page which introduced a story about her meeting with Nicola Sturgeon by focussing on their legs.

About 45% of Scottish exports go to the EU, compared with 67% from Wales. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Wales, not Scotland, in main Brexit firing line

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has claimed that the Brexit vote is a game-changer as far as a second Scottish indyref is concerned, changing a once-in-a-generation event to perhaps twice in under five years.

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Former prime minister Gordon Brown

Constitution ‘no longer fit for purpose’ says Labour leadership

The UK constitution is “no longer fit for purpose” and must be overhauled to unite a “deeply divided kingdom” in the wake of Brexit, Labour leaders will today warn.

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But business leaders said setting a date for indyref2 could lead to a pause in investment activity. Picture: Andrew O'Brien

Deal making in rude health despite fears over economy

Corporate deal activity in Scotland remains buoyant but the setting of a date for a second independence referendum is likely to lead to a lull, according to a new report published today.

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Theresa May tells country to unite as UK’s EU exit is signed

Theresa May is to make the UK’s exit from the EU official today, telling the country that it is “time to come together” to embrace Brexit and make it a success.

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Manufacturers from across Europe have issued a warning that failure to achieve a deal on the UKs departure from the European Union will be highly damaging for industry in both Britain. Picture: Getty Images

Brexit deal failure will be ‘highly damaging’ for industry

Manufacturers from across Europe have issued a warning that failure to achieve a deal on the UK’s departure from the European Union will be “highly damaging” for industry in both Britain and the rest of the continent.

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Lord Jack McConnell. Picture: Michael Gillen

Jack McConnell says judge should rule on devolution powers

The UK and Scottish governments should appoint an independent judge to rule on the devolution of powers after Brexit, former first minister Jack McConnell has said.

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Getting the best for Scotlands children is the top priority and the government must look at all options.

Scott Macnab: Lessons to be learned on education

Scotland has a proud history as a world-leading nation in education. This country was among the first to effectively pioneer schooling for all with the emergence of the first church schools in the Middle Ages. Our ancient universities which emerged towards the end of 15th century are among the oldest in the world. Even after the Act of the Union in 1707, Scottish education, like the judiciary, remained distinctive from the regime elsewhere in the UK.

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Nicola Sturgeon speaking in New York during her 2015 visit to the States  this time round, there might be fewer politicians and more businesses on the agenda.

Martyn McLaughlin: Sturgeon’s stateside trip promises to be curiously low-key

First Minister’s US visit will shy away from politics and showbiz now that Trump is in office, writes Martyn McLaughlin

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Emergency services close to the Palace of Westminster, where an unarmed police officer was killed last week.

Chris Marshall: The routine arming of police is not a decision to be rushed

PC Lewis Fulton was just 28 years old, a husband and father to an eight-month-old son, when he was stabbed to death in Glasgow by a schizophrenic who had stopped taking his medication.

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Nicola Sturgeon has a responsibility to ensure that her pursuit of a referendum does not hinder efforts in key areas such as the economy and education.

Leader comment: Principle of referendum must not over-ride everything else

We heard it when the Prime Minister first declared she would not agree to a referendum o n Scottish independence, we’ve heard it frequently since then, and we heard it once again last night when Theresa May’s government responded to the Scottish Parliament backing a second referendum. “Now is not the time.”

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

Comment: postponed indyref2 debate fails to excite

This debate on the request by the Scottish Government to gain the power to hold another referendum on independence was delayed due to the horrific killings in Westminster last week.

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Holyrood’s indyref2 vote rejected by Westminster

The UK Government has kicked Nicola Sturgeon’s bid for another independence referendum into the long grass moments after it was backed by a majority of MSPs.

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SNP MP Chris Law. Picture: Wikimedia Commons

SNP MP Chris Law will not resign party whip

The SNP MP Chris Law will not resign the party whip despite a police investigation being launched into his financial dealings.

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Around two per cent of officers are armed

Chris Marshall: Arming our police won't defeat terrorism

PC Lewis Fulton was just 28 years old, a husband and father to an eight-month-old son, when he was stabbed to death in Glasgow by a schizophrenic who had stopped taking his medication.

Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire. Picture: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Northern Ireland ministers would consider direct rule, MPs told

The Government will countenance the reintroduction of direct rule in Northern Ireland if extended talks to restore powersharing fail, Secretary of State James Brokenshire has warned.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Picture: Sky

Nicola Sturgeon: Scots have right to choose Brexit or indyref2

Scottish voters should have the right to choose between the “significant and profound” change that Brexit will cause and independence, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

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Police stand guard outside the Scottish Parliament and the Palace of Holyrood House following a terrorist incident in Westminster. Picture: JP License.

Police Scotland to deploy officers with tasers to patrol Holyrood

The body representing rank and file police officers has warned its members are not equipped to deal with a fast-moving terror attack amid heightened security at the Scottish Parliament.

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A pro-EU march heads down the Canongate in Edinburgh. Scottish attitudes towards Brexit are increasingly 'pessimistic', the SNP has said. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor/JP Resell

SNP: UK public ‘pessimistic’ about Brexit economic impact

The SNP has said a recent poll of UK households reveals an increasingly “pessimistic” attitude towards the economic impact of Brexit.

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The Union flag.

Move to take down Union flag amid ‘eyesore’ complaints

Officials have moved to take down a Union flag in a North Ayrshire town after an MP’s complaint which described it as an “eyesore”.

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