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TODAY’S INSTALMENT (15 March) of the CommonSpace daily news roundup includes: EU foreign affairs leader says “not much to negotiate” for Scottish EU entry and UK Government stumbles forward regardless with Brexit as Scottish independence reaches highest level of support.
News: EU foreign affairs leader says “not much to negotiate” for Scottish EU entry
Elmar Brok, chairman of the parliament's foreign affairs committee and a key EU Brexit strategist, says Scotland’s membership of the EU would be straightforward
Support for Scottish independence reaches highest ever level
Scottish Social Attitudes Survey
The respected Scottish Social Attitudes Survey has found that there is an unprecedented level of support for Scottish independence in the aftermath of the announcement of a Scottish independence referendum.
Politics: UK stumbles ahead with Brexit Bill after #ScotRef announcement
UK Government facing legitimacy crisis while negotiating with the EU
The UK Government will stumble ahead with Brexit after the Lords backed down on amendments giving parliament a say on the final deal with the EU, and protecting the rights of EU nationals living in the UK. However, Prime Minister Theresa May now faces a crisis of legitimacy in her bid to negotiate on behalf of the whole UK, with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement of a referendum on Scottish independence.
Another test for rise of xenophobic movements as Dutch election underway
The Netherlands goes to the polls today in another test for the new far right nationalism sweeping parts of the western world. Geert Wilders’ far-right Freedom Party has slipped back in recent polls, with the Dutch Greens rising, but the weakness of the political centre makes some form of coalition government inevitable.
Weather: Warm and breezy
Turbulence coming over the weekend
Temperatures will reach highs of 14 degrees in the east today, as weather remains warm, cloudy and breezy
And another thing: Put that one by me again Kez?
SNP own adviser admits it would take economy 10yrs to recover from Independence - that's 4 generations! https://t.co/vRTRkqXJ9O
— Kezia Dugdale (@kezdugdale) 15 March 2017
Your guess is as good as mine folks
Project fear two isn’t getting off to a good start. As far as I understand it a generation is about 25 years? But is the Scottish Labour leader poking fun at the ‘once in a generation’ claim? If so this still makes no sense, there’ll be four to four and a half years between 2014 indyref and 2018-19 ScotRef? Give us a hand.
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