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The Scottish independence referendum and the debate about Scotland's constitutional future
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Yes vote 'means better farming deal'

Yes vote 'means better farming deal' | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Scotland would get a better deal for farmers in the European Union if it was independent, it has been argued.

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Tory-led UK isolation in Europe mounting as Polish government hits out

Scottish MEP Alyn Smith has highlighted mounting evidence of the negative consequences of the UK government's xenophobic rhetoric, which has resulted in the Polish Prime Minister announcing that he will block any British changes to EU migration rules. 

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Exclusive: ‘Scottish EU Membership Straightforward and in Denmark’s Interest’

Exclusive: ‘Scottish EU Membership Straightforward and in Denmark’s Interest’ | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

An independent Scotland’s membership of the European Union would be straight-forward and in Denmark’s national interest, according to Danish academics and politicians. In a series of exclusive interviews with National Collective, members of the government, opposition and academics from the University of Copenhagen made it clear that Scotland would be welcome in international organisations. This follows supportive comments from the new Prime Minister of Iceland, who said Iceland would “welcome Scotland with a new thriving relationship” in the event of independence.

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Kukan - independent Scotland would 'enrich' EU | Scottish National Party

Kukan - independent Scotland would 'enrich' EU | Scottish National Party | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

The Scottish National Party has welcomed the comments by Eduard Kukan MEP, former Foreign Minister of Slovakia and diplomat, on the positive role an independent Scotland would play in the European Union following a Yes vote.

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MEP renews call for Scottish Government to disclose EU legal advice

MEP renews call for Scottish Government to disclose EU legal advice | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Catherine Stihler claims 'transparency in Scotland is a myth' two years after she made an FOI request.
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David Briggs's comment, May 29, 2013 11:59 PM
The truth is out there Catherine. Is it beyond you to listen to it?
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SCOTLAND AND FRUITCAKE. MY SPEECH ON THE UK"S EXIT FROM EUROPE

In the few minutes available to me, I want to confine my remarks to amendment (b). When the history books are written and we come to the chapter that describes and explains the UK’s exit from the EU, this week will go down as an important and significant week. After this week, the UK’s departure from the EU becomes almost unstoppable.

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SNP MPs to block move for early EU vote

SNP MPs to block move for early EU vote | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
SNP MPs will reject Eurosceptic Tory moves to introduce an early EU referendum that would take place before Scotland had time to achieve independence from the rest of the UK.
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Can we afford to vote No in next year's independence referendum knowing that this will mean giving up the chance to make our own choices on matters such as EU membership?

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Scotland, don't let EU uncertainty put you off independence

Scotland, don't let EU uncertainty put you off independence | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

ALEX JOHNSTONE explores the complicated nuances of the EU, particularly Germany’s emerging role, and argues this shouldn’t be enough to scare voters away from independence.

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Will an EU referendum kill the Scottish independence referendum?

Will an EU referendum kill the Scottish independence referendum? | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

The UK faces two referendums about its future, not one.  As well as David Cameron’s promised ‘proper’ referendum on the UK’s relationship with the European Union, there is also the one on Scottish independence due on 18 September 2014.  By and large, despite similarities in the arguments involved, each of those debates has paid little regard to the other.  That makes sense if the EU referendum takes place in the next UK Parliament, around 2017 or so, once the dust has settled on the Scottish vote.  Suggestions of an earlier referendum may throw that into doubt.  The dynamics of the debate about Scottish independence would look very different if the EU poll were held before the Scottish one.

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It's not clear why anyone would imagine that the Scottish Government was looking for an excuse to abandon the independence referendum.

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An independent Scotland - it has to be Yes in any language

An independent Scotland  - it has to be Yes in any language | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

People from a range of EU countries and now living in Scotland came together today to voice support for a Yes vote in next year's independence referendum

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"The fact is that Westminster is failing to protect our national interest in Europe. On employment protection, on cross border crime, on agriculture, on financial regulation, on fisheries - Scotland's distinct needs and priorities are being ignored"

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You are absolutely wrong on the Structural Funds, Mr Moore

You are absolutely wrong on the Structural Funds, Mr Moore | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

David Cameron was hailed as a hero by the British media and Westminster after his “success” in EU budget negotiations in February. However, one of the victims of the deal was the Structural Funds budget. (Structural Funds are concerned with improving the economic and social development of EU Regions). Overall, the deal implied a 3.3% reduction in the Structural Funds budget for the whole of the EU for the period 2014-2020, as compared with the previous seven year period. Moreover, a new formula for distributing the structural funds also agreed by the European Council in February could potentially have hit Scotland very hard. Initial calculations for the UK Department of Business, Innovation and Skills in February indicated that Scotland’s allocation of structural funds might fall over 30%, compared with 6% for the UK as a whole.

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Cost of being part of UK exposed.

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EU poll results hailed as 'big boost' for independence campaign

EU poll results hailed as 'big boost' for independence campaign | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Survey suggests 50% of Scots want direct Holyrood representation in Europe.
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Wings Over Scotland | Poor little rich country

Wings Over Scotland | Poor little rich country | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

We’ve had to have a bit of a sit down this morning after trying to get our heads around the dizzying spin deployed in a story in this morning’s Herald, which appears to utilise some form of crazed Catch 22 to ensure that no matter whether an independent Scotland was impoverished or rolling in cash, it’d still end up poor.

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Scottish independence: EU financial benefit outlined

Scottish independence: EU financial benefit outlined | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
SCOTLAND would benefit from hundreds of millions of pounds of extra funds with thousands more jobs created if it was an independent member of the European Union, Nicola Sturgeon claimed in a keynote speech last night.
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The Snarling of the Euro Right

The Snarling of the Euro Right | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Nigel Farage took his snake oil circus to Manchester for the Tory conference a couple of weeks ago. UKIP, the Bruges Group, the Forest pro-smoking group and the ‘Freedom Association’ were all in one room like a Marx Brothers version of Blind Date and I was in a committee in Brussels finalising the new Common Agricultural Policy – I can’t express how sorry I was to miss such a show.


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Firms admit to 'independence uncertainty'

Peter A Bell's insight:

Reports such as this cause me concern, not about independence, but about the kind of people who qualify as business leaders. They seem such a timid lot. I find myself wondering why I should have confidence in people who show so little confidence in themselves and their ability to manage change. Which, after all, is the most basic responsibility of a business manager.

It seems that the status of an independent Scotland in Europe is the issue on which most want elaboration. How much more "elaboration" do they need? How much more is even possible? We know everything that can be known at this stage. Basically, there are three possible scenarios. One of these is vanishingly improbable. Another is only extremely unlikely. Which leaves the scenario in which Scotland and rUK are both treated as successor states.


As this outcome creates very little disruption it need not be a cause for trepidation among business managers who are sure of their own abilities. And even the extremely remote possibility of Scotland alone being treated as an accession state creates no issues that are not entirely foreseeable and which can, therefore, be planned for. After all, Scotland already fulfils all the requirements of a member state of the EU. We know this because Scotland is already part of the EU. So what would need to change? Nothing!


Come on, business people! Get a grip!

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The Semiotics of See You Jimmy

The Semiotics of See You Jimmy | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Sir Chris Hoy’s contribution to national debate is part of a pattern of counter-intuitive evidence. It’s double-speak. In really simple terms, it doesn’t make any sense. One of the things he said was: “It would not be quite as simple as just saying, ‘there is a Scottish athlete, they have won a gold medal, therefore that’s a medal for Scotland’.


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Moore admits UK ' speculating' on Independence | Scottish National Party

Moore admits UK ' speculating' on Independence | Scottish National Party | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Michael Moore exposed the UK Government’s case against independence today as he admitted he was “speculating” on questions of currency and financial regulation.

Peter A Bell's insight:

Ian Davidson evidently too daft to know better than ask a question without anticipating the answer.

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David Briggs's comment, May 16, 2013 11:43 AM
The chairchoob, like most Unionists, is on the run.
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Salmond: ‘Independence only way to ensure EU stay’

Salmond: ‘Independence only way to ensure EU stay’ | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
A VOTE for independence is now the “only way” to ensure Scotland’s continued membership of the European Union, Alex Salmond claimed last night.
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Record View: SNP must rally to save Union

Record View: SNP must rally to save Union | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
RECORD VIEW says that Scotland's interests are best served being part of the European Union, something the SNP must protect.
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Provocative headline.

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Joyce McMillan: Out of the EU equals out of ideas

Joyce McMillan: Out of the EU equals out of ideas | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Westminster political debate has become a desperate reactionary race to the bottom, writes Joyce McMillan
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Charles Patrick O'Brien's comment, May 9, 2013 5:11 PM
I think that Joyce McMillan has got dream-time and reality a bit mixed up.
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Agenda: Why Scotland must stay in Europe | Herald Scotland

Next year's referendum will not only be about Scotland's future in the Union, but about Scotland's place in the world.

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UKIP is reaping what the Tories have sown

UKIP is reaping what the Tories have sown | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

The best analysis of the UKIP results I’ve seen was the quip that their newly elected councillors will struggle when they realise they can’t blame Europe for bins not being emptied, writes ALYN SMITH. Everything else has been a little overexcited and a bit of perspective is needed. But that is not to dismiss their impact, which is way beyond their actual numerical strength.

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Poll shows majority want Scottish voice in Europe | Scottish National Party

Poll shows majority want Scottish voice in Europe | Scottish National Party | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

A new opinion poll shows that a majority of people want to see Scotland represented in the EU by the Scottish Government rather than Westminster - providing another significant boost to the Yes campaign.

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Survey shows Scots want own government at EU top table

Survey shows Scots want own government at EU top table | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

A new opinion poll shows that a majority of people want to see Scotland represented in the EU by the Scottish Government rather than Westminster.

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Kloo C. Hansen's curator insight, March 26, 2013 8:14 PM

Has Devolution backfired???