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Scottish government publishes draft bill for second independence referendum


LONDON Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon publishes a draft bill for a second independence referendum on Thursday as she ramps up the pressure on the British government to make sure Scotland's voice is heard in Brexit talks.


Scots ready to pay into EU budget to keep single market access 19 Oct 2016

BRUSSELS The Scottish government believes that contributing to the EU budget might be a price worth paying for keeping Scotland in Europe's single market if the broader British state leaves as part of its Brexit deal.


Sturgeon primes Scotland for all options after Brexit vote 15 Oct 2016

GLASGOW, Scotland Scotland's devolved government is preparing for all possibilities including independence after Britain leaves the EU, and is planning steps to protect its trade ties with Europe, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Saturday.


Scotland could control its own migration after Brexit, says Scots minister 14 Oct 2016

GLASGOW, Scotland Scotland may try to wrest control over migration as part of a new enhanced devolution deal once Britain leaves the European Union, Scotland's minister for EU negotiations said on Friday.


EU's Tusk says Britain might yet back out of Brexit 13 Oct 2016

BRUSSELS Britain might ultimately decide not leave the European Union as the EU will not offer London any softer terms than a damaging "hard Brexit", Donald Tusk, who will run the negotiations for Brussels, said on Thursday.


George Hay

Scots 'No' still leaves UK in limbo

The vote against secession in a landmark referendum reduces many risks: financial instability, a UK exit from Europe and a sharp fall in trade. But the bribe to 'No' voters of more devolved powers creates other dangers – including a weakening of the union.  Full Article