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Scottish Independence

Simon Case, the Cabinet Secretary and the UK's most senior civil servant, (front right) giving evidence on the work of the Cabinet Office to the Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) in April - Credit: PA

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Vote Leave officials to face MPs’ questioning over conduct during Brexit referendum

MPs are set to examine the effectiveness of the Electoral Commission at the time of the Brexit and Scottish independence referendums.  The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) will be hearing from senior officials of both campaigns on the Commission’s role of enforcing compliance with rules governing spending and donations during both votes. The meeting on Tuesday comes […]
Prime minister Boris Johnson at a media briefing - Credit: PA

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Scathing report accuses Boris Johnson of ‘only caring for England’

A scathing new report has accused Boris Johnson of “speaking for England alone” and having “considerable indifference” to the devolved nations. Research from the University of Cambridge’s Bennett Institute for Public Policy accuses Westminster of treating devolved administrations with contempt and handling the maintaining of the Union as “someone else’s problem”. The “Union at the Crossroads” document comes […]
Nicola Sturgeon attending First Minister's Questions at the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh - Credit: PA

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Nicola Sturgeon could seek second Scottish independence referendum by Christmas, signals SNP

Nicola Sturgeon could seek a second referendum on Scottish independence by Christmas, an SNP minister has signalled. Scots could soon be heading to the polls to decide whether their nation should formally break free from Westminster, the SNP’s constitution minister has suggested. Michael Russell, an architect of the SNP’s road map to independence, said the vote could be held […]
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Scottish nationalists acting like ‘little Englanders’ over Boris Johnson’s leadership, claims radio caller

Scottish nationalists are acting like “little Englanders” over Boris Johnson’s leadership, a radio caller has claimed. Raymond from Falkirk made the claim as he called James O’Brien’s radio show to respond to remarks Johnson made about devolution being a “disaster north of the border”. The caller feared Scotland falling into a similar trap to Brexit, […]
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SNP ‘will not accept’ Westminster veto of second Scottish independence referendum, leaked memo suggests

Nicola Sturgeon is planning to ignore Westminster’s veto on holding a second independence referendum, a leaked party memo has suggested. The National is reporting that SNP MPs Angus MacNeil and Chris McEleny will have their motion debate alternative legal routes to independence during this year’s party conference approved. Dubbed “Plan B”, the motion suggests Holyrood should take the UK government […]
Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon welcoming prime minister Boris Johnson outside Bute House in Edinburgh - Credit: PA

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Leaked memo exposes government fears over rise in support for Scottish independence

A leaked memo has shown that government ministers are becoming increasingly worried about the rise in support for Scottish independence. An assessment by Tory advisers warned Boris Johnson against continuously blocking Holyrood’s demands for a second referendum on independence. The document, seen by Bloomberg, was written by Hanbury Strategy and complained of a “vacuum of leadership” within the […]
Jacob Rees-Mogg accused the SNP of 'modelling themselves on Oliver Twist' - Credit: Parliamentlive.tv

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Jacob Rees-Mogg compares SNP to Oliver Twist in latest swipe against Scottish independence movement

Jacob Rees-Mogg has compared the SNP to Oliver Twist in his latest swipe against the party’s calls for Scottish independence. Rees-Mogg said Nicola Sturgeon’s party was “modelling themselves on Oliver Twist”. Speaking in the Commons, the House leader took umbrage at comments by the SNP’s Tommy Sheppard that devolved administration would never back the government’s internal […]