Referendum round-up: Barnett Formula | Analysis

CATCH up on the latest news, opinion and analysis on Scottish independence from around the world in this round-up from our dedicated referendum website.

Get the latest on the independence referendum at our dedicated site. Picture: Neil Hanna


The Barnett Formula, which regulates the amount of public spending which takes place in Scotland each year, could face a review after a ‘No’ vote in the referendum. MSPs were warned that the calculation could be changed in the event of Scotland staying in the UK after September.

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In other news, the Grand Orange Lodge has registered as an official participant in the referendum campaign. The move allows the Lodge to spend up to £150,000 on campaigning for a ‘No’ vote. Meanwhile Brian Cox has spoken out against threats and accusations made by online commenters in the referendum debate.


Our Scottish independence site showcases some of the best comment, analysis and opinion from across the web; here are some of our favourites so far today.

• Kieran German, a member of Academics for Yes, gives his opinion on Scotland’s constantly-evolving role within the British Isles.

• Lindsay Paterson of What Scotland Thinks looks at the role of the Gaelic language in the referendum debate, and assesses whether backers of Gaelic are more likely to back independence or not.

• Scotsman theatre critic Joyce McMillan gives her take on the National Theatre of Scotland’s ‘Yes, No, Don’t Know’ Five Minute Theatre show.

• Former SNP deputy leader Jim Sillars hits out at the current state of the UK in an article for the Edinburgh Evening News.

• Former Nato secretary general Lord Robertson gives his view on why Scotland should remain part of the UK in this week’s Scotsman independence essay.

• Alex Massie recaps a debate in Edinburgh last night hosted by The Spectator, which saw contributions from Andrew Wilson, George Galloway and Annabel Goldie among others.