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Scotland between a rock and a hard Brexit.

  As the hours tick away to Article 50 the British people are still almost completely in the dark about what it will actually mean.  A pig in a poke looks like a square deal by comparison with Brexit.  You only needed to listen to the Brexit Secretary, David Davis at the recent select committee … Continue reading

It was always naive to believe that Holyrood would gain where Brussels loses.

At least one thing is clear as we count down to Article 50 next week.  The idea that Holyrood will automatically gain the powers repatriated from Brussels after Brexit was always naive.  It’s not going to happen; never was.  The Scottish parliament will get some more responsibilities, but exactly what will be decided by the … Continue reading

May and Sturgeon on A50 collision course. Indyref2 within days?

WE’RE all familiar with the game of chicken from Hollywood films. Two testosterone-fuelled men drive head-on at high speed in the sure knowledge that the weaker will eventually swerve to avoid catastrophe – only sometimes they don’t. But it seems women are just as capable of playing this dangerous game. Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon … Continue reading

Brexit dividend? Don’t assume Holyrood will get new powers after UK leaves Europe.

AT the height of the Supreme Court hearings on Article 50, the Law Lords launched into a debate about the meaning of the word “normally”. The Scotland Act 2016 says that the Westminster Parliament “will not normally legislate with regard to devolved matters without the consent of the Scottish Parliament”. But what does “normally” mean? … Continue reading

Theresa May: a red Tory who will tackle “burning injustice”? Probably not.

ANYONE expecting a cat fight in Bute House on Friday would have been thoroughly disappointed. The meeting between the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, and the new Prime Minister, Theresa May, seems to have been more than amicable. Sturgeon even tweeted a picture of them both shaking hands on the steps of her official residence to … Continue reading

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