Sturgeon unveils Climate Emergency focused Programme for Government and lays the groundwork for a General Election campaign
Outlining the 2019-20 Programme for Government, the first minister confirmed that the SNP will put Scotland’s opposition to Brexit and right to choose independence “at the very heart” of any General Election campaign
UK Government to prorogue parliament: Reaction round-up
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will ask the Queen to suspend parliament ahead of a Queen’s Speech on 14 October, with parliament prorogued for five weeks from the week beginning 10 Septmeber. The move has sparked furious reaction from opponents of a No Deal Brexit. CommonSpace rounds up reaction from Scotland and across the UK.
Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish First Minister
“Shutting down parliament...is not democracy, it’s dictatorship. I think today will go down in history as the day democracy died, if it’s allowed to happen.
Editorial: May has lost her mandate to govern - It's a democratic scandal if she doesn't step down
CommonSpace editor Ben Wray gives his verdict following May’s defeat in the House of Commons
THE Prime Minister has lost on her most important legislation, the primary reason for her government’s existence and the issue she campaigned almost solely on in the 2017 General Election, which she called for this express purpose.
She hasn’t just lost – she has lost overwhelmingly; the biggest loss of a government in the history of the UK Parliament.
Analysis: Humiliated May is now playing for time – will opponents give her it?
CommonSpace examines the state of Brexit play after Theresa May pulled Tuesday’s [11 December] meaningful vote.
THERESA MAY came to the House of Commons today to call off the meaningful vote – because she didn’t have the votes.
The pound fell to its lowest level in 18 months as the prime minister spoke, saying she accepted her proposal “would not pass the House”, and that she would therefore go back to EU leaders in search of “further reassurances”.
Lynn Henderson: Why Westminster can learn from Scotland in creating a more democratic, consensual politics
Ahead of TUC congress next week in Manchester, STUC President Lynn Henderson makes the workers´case for democratic reform at Westminster, arguing that ending first-past-the-post will lead to more progressive policy
THERE´S no denying that devolution has granted the people of Scotland greater autonomy over our own affairs.
But devolution has also shown that there are other ways of doing politics than the stale model used at Westminster.
It has given us a focal point, and the Scottish Parliament has developed its own voice and confidence.