News in 5 independence special: EU foreign affairs leader says “not much to negotiate” for Scottish EU entry and UK Gov stumbles forward regardless with Brexit as Scottish independence reaches highest level of support

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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?

 

 

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.

Pictures courtesy of, Maria Navarro SorollaNumber 10Mike Bitzenhofer

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