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UK ministers present plan to avoid Brexit ‘power grab’

The UK government will set out its plan to resolve a devolution “power grab” at the heart of Brexit legislation at last-ditch talks in London today, despite little hope of a breakthrough.

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A UK-wide study of children's reading habits released today reveals Scottish secondary school pupils are not reading challenging enough books

Scots secondary school pupils choosing same novels as under-12s

A UK-wide study of children’s reading habits released today reveals Scottish secondary school pupils are not reading challenging enough books.

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It's all smiles on the steps of Bute House, but the divide between Nicola Sturgeon's Scotland and England is widening. Picture: Scott Taylor

Kenny MacAskill: Income tax is not where real money is

Holyrood’s debates over recent days on income tax and the budget have all been rather contrived; outrage from the Tories that the wealthy have to pay more, anger from Labour that the rich aren’t squeezed enough and smugness from the SNP that everything has been resolved by increased revenue for the coffers.

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Jordan Peterson is a warrior against political correctness, says Bill Jamieson

Bill Jamieson: I’ve found two antidotes to our cult of unhappiness

Two new books – by Jordan Peterson and Steven Pinker – are like verbal waterboarding for supporters of big government, writes Bill Jamieson.

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A European Union supporter demonstrates outside the Westminster Parliament; could he remain a European citizen after Brexit? (Picture: AFP/Getty)

Adrienne Yong: The court case that could change the face of Brexit

British citizens living across Europe are waiting to see if an upcoming ruling by the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) could give them a bit more certainty about their rights after Brexit.

The way we talk about alcohol doesn't convey the damage that it can do (Picture: PA)

Kevan Christie: It can cause to sickness and death, but we love it

The latest booze horror story, this time linking the ‘demon drink’ with early onset dementia, once again highlights the curious disconnect between people’s perceptions and reality when it comes to alcohol.

Leo Varadkar has defended the Good Friday Agreement from Brexiteers

Brexiteers’ ‘provocative’ for undermining Northern Ireland peace deal

The Taoiseach has said he is trying to defend the Good Friday Agreement from some Brexiteers who are seeking to undermine it.

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Edinburgh University's Old College building. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Universities need to help poorer Scots pupils win places

Universities in Scotland must make it clearer to bright youngsters from poorer backgrounds what they need to do in order to earn a place, the Commissioner for Fair Access has said.

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The first Glasgow council budget to be set by a non-Labour administration in four decades will be debated at the City Chambers today. Picture: John Devlin

SNP plans council shake-up in Glasgow ahead of first budget

Scotland’s biggest arms-length management organisation could be scrapped and most of its services brought back in-house under budget plans to be debated by Glasgow City Council today.

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Scottish Government told not to ‘open tax floodgates’ as Budget passed

Business leaders have warned the Scottish Government against “opening the tax floodgates” after MSPs backed next year’s budget at Holyrood.

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Education secretary John Swinney

John Swinney asked to detail meetings on named person legislation

Education Secretary John Swinney has been asked to detail meetings between government officials and witnesses to a Holyrood committee regarding named person legislation.

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Grangemouth is Scotland's largest container terminal and one of its busiest commercial ports. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA

Brexit poses ‘significant’ questions for Scotland’s ports

Brexit raises “significant” questions for Scotland’s maritime economy and the future of its ports, industry figures have warned.

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SNP calls on Theresa May to step up response to Syria bombardment

SNP calls on Theresa May to step up response to Syria bombardment

The SNP have demanded action from the UK Government over the bombardment of civilians in Syria, where observers say almost 200 people have been killed in East Ghouta over the past 48 hours.

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Prime Minister Theresa May giving a speech at Derby College. Picture: Christopher Furlong/PA Wire

Theresa May accused of being ‘too weak’ to control Brexiteers

Theresa May has been accused of being “too weak” to face down hard Brexiteers in her party after more than 60 Tories set out their demands for the next stage of exit talks.

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Police merger sparks row at PMQs as SNP MPs told off by Speaker

Police merger sparks row at PMQs as SNP MPs told off by Speaker

Theresa May waded into the row over the Scottish Government's controversial merger of British Transport Police (BTP) and Police Scotland, saying that "the number one priority must be the safety of the public".

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Scottish unemployment has risen by 14,000 people. Picture: Getty Images

Unemployment rises in bleak news for Scotland’s jobs market

Scotland’s unemployment rate rose to 4.5 per cent in the final three months of last year.

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Jeremy Corbyn arrives to deliver a speech at The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre. Picture: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Jeremy Corbyn’s personal security ‘may be in danger’

Jeremy Corbyn’s personal security may have been put in danger by newspapers and political opponents branding him a terrorist sympathiser, a spokesman for the Labour leader has said.

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A large group of Tory MPs are calling for a 'clean break' from the EU. Picture: PA

Scots Tory MPs sign letter calling for ‘clean break’ Brexit

Three Scots Tories are among the signatories to a letter from pro-Brexit MPs calling on the UK to make a clean break from the European Union.

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The UK is preparing to leave the single market. Picture: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

70 per cent of Scots businesses want to stay in EU single market

Nearly three-quarters of Scottish businesses want to remain in the customs union and single market, according to a survey on firms’ attitudes to Brexit.

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The integration of British Transport Police into Police Scotland has been delayed

British Transport Police officers oppose merger

More than 80 per cent of railway police officers and staff do not support a controversial merger, an independent report has found.
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