Monthly Archives: December 2016

Scotland’s Place in Europe?

The publication of the Scottish Government’s options for Scotland’s relations with Europe post-Brexit drew predictable responses, not least within Scottish Labour. Although Kezia Dugdale wisely responded that by saying she would consider the proposals carefully, some of the more gung-ho … Continue reading

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Moving towards a federal UK?

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale’s backing for a people’s constitutional convention to transform the UK into a federal state is yet more evidence of the growing recognition of the need for fundamental constitutional change. It follows similar proposals from Gordon … Continue reading

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A day is a long time in EU politics

Not surprisingly, many commentators have simplified Sunday’s votes as meaning Austria: pro-EU and good; Italy: anti-EU and bad. I draw different conclusions from these results. First, all the reports suggest that the biggest factors in the Italian referendum were anti-government feeling, coupled … Continue reading

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Why Scottish Labour should oppose the triggering of Article 50

The result of the European referendum posed an immediate dilemma for those, like myself, who believe that the best future for Scotland is to remain in both the European Union and the union with the rest of the UK. It … Continue reading

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