The verdict: Here's what delegates thought about the SNP conference
As the fifth round of Brexit talks kick off, Theresa May’s optimism doesn’t seem to be echoed by EU leaders.
PRIME MINISTER Theresa May is expected to speak in Westminster on Monday to tell parliament: “We can prove Brexit Doomsayers wrong.”
Her address to parliament comes as the fifth round of negotiations kick off in Brussels, the final round of talks before EU leaders will decide if “sufficient progress” has been made on the so-called Divorce Bill to allow all parties to begin working on post-Brexit trade deals.
The latest episode of The World This Week is now available
ON this week’s edition of The World This Week, we take a look at the violent reaction of the Spanish Government and the road ahead for Catalonia; the United States’ refusal to back a UN resolution condemning the use of the death penalty for the “crime” of same-sex relations; we discuss that speech by Theresa May; MEPs slam the UK Government and vote to delay trade negotiations; and we look ahead to the Common Weal housing conference.
Greens launch position paper in preparation for “cliff edge” of hard Brexit
THE SCOTTISH GREEN PARTY has launched a Brexit position paper, ‘Preparing for Impact’, outlining its view on what must be done to mitigate the effects of leaving the EU for Scotland.
The paper calls for the devolution of immigration policy to protect the rights of citizens of the EU and other parts of the world living in Scotland.
CommonSpace’s David Thomson reports from Conservative party conference in Manchester
THE SCOTTISH SECRETARY has claimed that his government has “put forward a common sense approach for leaving the EU”.
David Mundell told the Conservative party conference in Manchester on Monday [2 October] that both the Scottish and UK governments need to work together to be “Brexit-ready”, despite fears in Scotland of a Westminster powergrab on devolved powers after Brexit.
Devolved governments send joint letter asking for amendments to EU (Withdrawal) Bill
THE SCOTTISH government has sent a letter to Theresa May asking her to respect the powers of devolution after Brexit.
Alongside Welsh Prime Minister Carwyn Jones, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is proposing amendments to the European (Withdrawal) Bill that will allow the transfer of powers to the Scottish Parliament and Welsh assembly when the UK leaves the EU in 2019.
The former business secretary explored a range of issues the UK is likely to face in the next few years, reports Eóghan Macmillan
LIBERAL DEMOCRAT leader Vince Cable was in Perth recently to talk about potential hurdles in the Brexit process, along with scenarios that could see it halted entirely.
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal director Robin McAlpine says the independence movement must wake up
I'VE been wondering when to write this. Not everyone is going to like it; some may think it's unhelpful – disloyal even. But I'm going to argue that not talking about things is leading to serious mistakes.
We're a few days away from the third anniversary of losing the independence referendum. It is telling that there appears to be much less appetite for either celebration or commemoration this year. So I think now might be the time to bite the bullet.
Despite widespread criticism, EU Withdrawal Bill makes it through first Commons vote
THE second reading of the EU Withdrawal Bill concluded on Monday (12 September), with MPs voting 326 to 290 to let the bill continue to the committee stage.
No Conservative or DUP MPs voted against the bill, while seven Labour MPs rebelled against the party whip to vote for the Bill.
Speaking in Edinburgh on the 20th anniversary of the referendum on a Scottish Parliament, the first minister said devolution flows from the same intellectual current as the independence movement
NICOLA STURGEON, speaking in Edinburgh on the anniversary of the 1997 referendum on the re-establishment of the Scottish Parliament, said that “at its heart, independence is the natural extension” of the demands which led to devolution.
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