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Scotland, like the rest of the UK, stands at a crossroads. When Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty is triggered tomorrow, change for our country becomes inevitable. There will be an impact on trade, on investment and on living standards, and an impact on the very nature of the society we live in. When the nature of the change that is made inevitable by Brexit becomes clear, that change should not be imposed upon us. The people of Scotland should have the right to choose between Brexit, possibly a very hard Brexit, or becoming an independent country able to chart our own course.
The Prime Minister has been clear that now is not the time for an independence referendum, and we will not be entering into negotiations on the Scottish Government's proposal. At this point, all our focus should be on our negotiations with the European Union, making sure we get the right deal for the whole of the UK. It would be unfair to the people of Scotland to ask them to make a crucial decision without the necessary information about our future relationship with Europe, or what an independent Scotland would look like.
My argument is simply this: when the nature of the change that is made inevitable by Brexit becomes clear, that change should not be imposed upon us. We should have the right to decide the nature of that change. The people of Scotland should have the right to choose between Brexit -- possibly a very hard Brexit -- or becoming an independent country, able to chart our own course and create a true partnership of equals across these islands. I hope the British government will respect the will of this parliament.
It is not my intention to do so confrontationally, instead I only seek sensible discussion. My argument is simply this: when the nature of the change which is made inevitable by Brexit becomes clear, that change should not be imposed upon us, we should have the right to decide the nature of that change. The people of Scotland should have the right to choose between Brexit or becoming an independent country able to chart our own course and create a true partnership of equals across these islands.
Scotland, like the rest of the UK, stands at a crossroads. There will be an impact on trade, on investment and on living standards, and an impact on the very nature of the society we live in. The people of Scotland should have the right to choose between Brexit - possibly a very hard Brexit - or becoming an independent country, able to chart our own course and create a true partnership of equals across these islands.
Now is not the time. The people of Scotland should have the right to choose between Brexit, possibly a very hard Brexit, or becoming an independent country able to chart our own course and create a true partnership with equals across these islands.
They say this is about ensuring a place in Europe, but there's also been some reports that they are now discussing about European free trade area or European economic area rather than rejoining the EU. So I think even the SNP are uncertain about which way to go with regards to Europe.
We should be working together to get that right deal for Scotland, that right deal for the UK, that's my job as prime minister and so for that reason I say to the SNP now is not the time.
We have a standoff, and there's not going to be any immediate resolution.
Scotland's future should be in Scotland's hands. That change should not be imposed upon us. We should have the right to decide the nature of that change.
There are more important things to worry about, one of them being whether Scotland remains parts of the UK when it comes to Brexit.
I am so deeply shocked, saddened and numbed by the actions my son has taken that have killed and injured innocent people in Westminster. Since discovering that it was my son that was responsible I have shed many tears for the people caught up in this horrendous incident. I wish to make it absolutely clear, so there can be no doubt, I do not condone his actions nor support the beliefs he held that led to him committing this atrocity. I wish to thank my friends, family and community from the bottom of my heart for the love and support given to us.
I've been fighting losing causes all my life.
The prime minister told me that the terms of Brexit would all be concluded by the end of next year. Are you now saying that I should mistrust her?
We won't be entering any negotiations at all until the Brexit process is complete. Now is the time for the Scottish government to come together with the UK government, work together to get the best possible deal for the UK, and that means Scotland, as we leave the EU.
It is slightly surprising that when the first minister of Scotland and the prime minister of the UK meet to discuss the key issues of the UK's departure from the EU and giving the people of Scotland a choice over their future that the main focus should be on their legs and what they are wearing. Brexit may risk taking Britain back to the early 1970s, but there is no need for coverage of events to lead the way.
I had been under the impression, based on weekend media reports, that she coming to offer something in the way of more powers, it turned out that wasn't the case. So there was no real guarantee that powers, when they come back from Brussels, in areas that are already devolved won't in part be centralised at Westminster. My position isn't going to change, which is that now is not the time to be talking about a second independence referendum.
So as Britain leaves the European Union and we forge a new role for ourselves in the world, the strength and stability of our union will become even more important. If I ruled out a referendum, I would be deciding – completely unilaterally – that Scotland will follow the UK to a hard Brexit come-what-may, no matter how damaging to our society it turns out to be. That should not be the decision of just one politician – not even the First Minister. It will be decided by the people of Scotland. It will be Scotland's choice.
Also I think it would be unfair on the people of Scotland to ask them to make a significant decision until all the facts were known, at a point where nobody knows what the situation is going to be. My position isn't going to change, which is that now is not the time to be talking about a second independence referendum.
Now is not the time.
I was only made aware of it after the game. I didn't know that had been the reception when I came on. I was just focussed on trying to help the boys out and to get the goal which we deserved for our play throughout the game.
Now is the time when we should be pulling together, not hanging apart. Pulling together to make sure we get the best possible deal for the whole of the U.K.
What the home secretary said yesterday is: where there are instances where law-enforcement agencies wish to gain access to messages which are important to an investigation, they should be able to do so.
When the draw was made, I thought: That's really nice we've got Leicester last game of the pool, and the same venue as 1997. It would be great to put a full-stop on 20 years.
Money obviously helps – but we have an advantage over the French and English teams because lots of our players come from this area and the majority are Scottish. We have that cohesion and players aren't just here for a season or two.
In Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland that means fully respecting, and indeed strengthening, the devolution settlements. But never allowing our Union to become looser and weaker, or our people to drift apart. And it says this: that when this great union of nations - England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland - sets its mind on something and works together with determination, we are an unstoppable force.
There are times when you know you're going to win the game and you maybe don't hit the levels some of the players did against Germany. There've been some good things – two very young centre-backs, which is a plus for us in the way they defended. [Keane] has been a real bonus. Obviously we knew about him but you're never sure how he'll cope. To make a full debut away in Germany and play the way he did... today, he was excellent. We obviously know that going to Scotland will be a difficult game and Lithuania on the plastic [pitch] will be a different sort of test.
I'll not eulogise over the performance but it's job done. The group is in our hands, which is the most important thing. We still have a lot to do. The home games are the important ones in terms of direct opposition in positions two and three. But we know what Scotland will be like and we have to play on a plastic pitch in Lithuania. And we have to keep improving with every performance. But the overall week has been positive. The players can see the direction in which we want to head. For sure we'll play better than we did today.
And it says this: that when this great union of nations – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – sets its mind on something and works together with determination, we are an unstoppable force.
Whether they're fans in the stadium, players on the pitch, people watching at home, or people who can't see the game, we'll have five and a half million Scots wanting us to win tomorrow. That will inspire us. We know everyone wants us to win. Whether you like this striker or that midfielder or that coach, they want Scotland to win, so that's what you take out there with you and, as long as you appreciate that, you know you're not on your own.
There's a clarity to it when you face something like this. There's no, If we get a draw, there's this' and it ends up a good draw. It has to be a win now and it changes everything completely. Whatever comes after that looks after itself but a win changes the landscape.
I'm the lucky one who gets to lead out a team. I'm the one who's got to make decisions. I'm good with that. You might think that's strange but it's not. I'm oblivious to anything after that.
Training today was marvellous – the sun was out, there were kids watching us training. You think, Wow, what a wonderful life.' The only thing that scares me is not getting three points.
Aye, every time you're playing for Scotland you are trying to impress. Maybe I am trying that bit too hard to break my duck. Maybe I just need to relax a bit more, focus on my own game rather than what other people are thinking.
Brexit has turned Whitehall upside down, creating a new department at the core of the government's mission. Ensuring that it is the same UK that leaves the EU as joined it needs a similar focus at the top and centre of government. That might be a new Department of the Union, or Nations and Regions, which is an attractive option, or it might take some other form.
If I ruled out a referendum, I would be deciding – completely unilaterally – that Scotland will follow the UK to a hard Brexit come-what-may, no matter how damaging to our economy and our society it turns out to be. That should not be the decision of just one politician – not even the First Minister. It will be decided by the people of Scotland. It will be Scotland's choice.
What matters most is that the government has a positive vision for the Union, one which will secure the assent of the whole UK, showing how each of the nations can pursue its own self-government within a union that works for all of them.
There's no grey areas to it – it's must-win. That's dealing with reality. But sometimes when you have a challenge like that in life, it brings the best out of you so we will have a team ready for that challenge of 'must‑win' tomorrow. What we don't have to do is win it in the first five or 10 minutes. You never know in big games when your opportunity will come along. However, what we do have to do is make opportunities and the players we pick tomorrow will make those opportunities.
That's really a must-win game for Scotland. We know how important it is to get our campaign back on track. Gordon knows it. The team knows it.
When we made the first movie, no one cared, right? No one knew who we were or what we were doing. In the first movie there's a bit where Tommy [Kevin McKidd] takes everybody out for a walk and that's the famous bit with the train station and they're out in the middle of nowhere. And we went back there again, the characters go there as a tribute to Tommy.
They wanted to have McKidd's character Tommy, who died in the first movie, reflected there. So they had a young actor dressed as him – with his hair and the same clothes. They had him walk off as they're talking about him. It was really like, the hairs on the back of our neck all stood up. It really sort of drove home what we were trying to do, and how much this movie meant to us and how much it meant to other people.
I tried to paint a tonal narrative of how the whisky casks came together by incorporating two folk musical traditions, one from Kentucky and the other from Scotland. A Phd could parse Thelonious Monk or Bach and still not ever fully comprehend what makes their music a masterpiece. You could study the components of a Steinway and yet each sounds slightly different. You could taste a dozen whiskies, each created with the same ingredients. But at the end of the day, there's simply an element of mystery to it all.
A lot of days we are only providing an emergency service because we do not have enough doctors. I am extremely concerned about the state of primary care in the NHS.
The announcement that yet again the pay of doctors in Scotland will go up by just one per cent while the rate of inflation is at 2.3 per cent means that once again doctors pay will decline in real terms. Repeated years of real terms cuts to doctors' pay have taken a substantial toll on incomes and do nothing to address the significant recruitment and retention difficulties across all grades of doctor. At a time when doctors' workloads are increasing like never before, there will be widespread disappointment and anger at the decision to continue this approach.
All directly employed NHS Scotland staff will receive at least a one per cent uplift in pay. We will also continue to guarantee a living wage for all NHS staff, and maintain our commitment to no compulsory redundancies.
We will never recruit and retain the specialists that our health service needs if we fail to recognise and reward their efforts.
We should be clear that he did not succeed.
There's always a risk at this point that there could be a sniper from outside.
My team will work with Parliamentary authorities to assess whether a different tone or a different balance is necessary.
I have met in my life two big destroyers: Gorbachev, who destroyed the Soviet Union, and Cameron, who destroyed the United Kingdom to some extent, even if there is no wave of Scotland to become independent.
It's frustrating when we are wrestling with an issue like this and the Acting Commissioner is doing an amazing job, that we get nonsense from armchair critics. Can we focus please on the investigation and the public appeal. We remain keen to hear from anyone who knew Khalid Masood well, understands who his associates were and can provide us with information about places he has recently visited. There might be people out there who did have concerns about Masood but did not feel comfortable for whatever reason in passing those concerns to us.
As I have said our investigation focuses on understanding his motivation, preparation and associates. Whilst there is no evidence of further threats you will understand our determination to find out if he either; acted totally alone, inspired by terrorist propaganda; or, if others have encouraged, supported or directed him.
To that end in our continuing investigation and ongoing covert activity we have made further significant arrests overnight - in the West Midlands and north west.
We remain keen to hear from anyone who knew Khalid Masood well, understands who his associates were and can provide us with information about places he has recently visited.
There might be people out there who did have concerns about Masood but did not feel comfortable for whatever reason in passing those concerns to us.
Like most people who are successful in their jobs, they have to give notice to their current employer. You'll appreciate the job she does with the Foreign Office. She's got to make sure she serves out her notice – it has been reduced. She's already been doing lots of work. Even though she's not begun being paid, that shows how professional she is.
It just doesn't sit right, does it in this situation. It seems truly extraordinary. You would not allow this to happen in a business, would you. If you're running a major business the size of this you decided the chief executive is off or he decided or she decided, you would put the chief executive in the next afternoon, wouldn't you? But not so the police, who are in charge of our security.
Those evil and twisted individuals who try to destroy our shared way of life will never succeed and we condemn them. Our hearts are with the family and friends of PC Keith Palmer, of Aysha Frade, of Kurt Cochran, and all those injured in the attack yesterday.
They will not win, we are all connected and today we showed that by coming together, by going to work, by getting about our normal business because the terrorists will not defeat us. We will defeat them. We are strong in our values and proud of our country.
Our working assumption is that the attacker was inspired by Islamist ideology. We know the threat from Islamist terrorism is very real. But while the public should remain utterly vigilant they should not and will not be cowed by this threat. But the greatest response lies not in the words of politicians, but in the everyday actions of ordinary people.For beyond these walls today – in scenes repeated in towns and cities across the country – millions of people are going about their days and getting on with their lives.
In addition to twelve Britons admitted to hospital, we know that the victims include three French children, two Romanians, four South Koreans, one German, one Pole, one Irish, one Chinese, one Italian, one American and two Greeks.
We are deeply shocked and saddened at the news that of the victims yesterday was a member of our staff, Aysha Frade.
We are still collating numbers of walking wounded and of those in the hospital sadly seven of them are in a critical condition. Tragically the deaths included PC Keith Palmer who was protecting Parliament and two members of the public – a woman aged in her mid 40's and a man aged in his mid 50's. We must not allow terrorists to create discord, distrust and fear.
Staying in the U.K. hasn't safeguarded Scotland's place in Europe, it has jeopardized it.
But I'm so glad we took that game learned some invaluable things which will help us on Sunday.
So it wasn't the easiest pitch in the world to play on with the conditions. To try and find your form in an international match on a night like this was hard. It is not going to go down as one of the most memorable nights as a manager or a player – it is going to be a long way down the line.
So, we learned that lesson, the lesson that you really can't miss-pass the ball so many times in the first 10 minutes and expect to then go and play that well because you lose a bit of confidence. I thought we could have trusted each other better with the ball but because of our first 15 minutes, giving the ball away, I thought we got a bit negative. I thought a lot of players found it hard. Using a golfing analogy, it is very hard to take two months off at golf and then go and play in the US Masters. It isn't the easiest course in the world.
It is one of the best decisions we have made as the coaching group in the SFA by playing this game. We found out so many things, it has cleared up a lot and helped some players. It is very hard for players who are not playing regularly to turn on the magic and feel really good about themselves. It is hard to ask players who haven't played for a while to come in and get their touch right. Small things like Griff [Leigh Griffiths] having the shot over at the end. When he is playing regularly that goes in the back of the net.
Our working assumption is that the attacker was inspired by Islamist ideology.
He was a nice guy. I used to see him outside doing his garden. Never any trouble.
It's time for banking regulators and government to intervene to force banks to maintain an adequate network that properly serves communities across the UK.
There are of course many other practical issues, in particular your loss of security and control over your home, which will be owned by the trustees. In short you need to discuss your options with a specialist in this area.
While a desire to protect your children's inheritance is understandable, this type of planning is fraught with difficulties. If at the time you may need local authority assistance with your care fees you do not own a property, because it is held in trust, it should be protected unless the local authority were to decide that you had deliberately deprived yourself of the property in order to get help with the fees. When you apply for assistance you will be asked if you have ever owned a home and if you no longer own it what happened to it.
The very clear directive from the police and the director of security in the house is that we should remain under suspension and the chamber should remain in lockdown until it is safe to go back to normal proceedings.
I am now going to suspend the sitting of the House. This House is now suspended, but please wait here.
As a result of the Brexit vote we know that change is now inevitable - the question is what kind of change is right for Scotland and whether that change is made for us or by us.
The central importance of commonly agreed rules and a neutral referee in a situation of deep disagreement when the stakes are high cannot be under-estimated.
It is going to be a hard battle ahead if Scotland falls for populism under SNP.
And it would be a challenge, I think, to borrow on the international market if Scotland decided to run a large budget deficit. I think that would be expensive, the interest rate would go up.
If the oil price remains low and if they lose the money which is transferred from the rest of the United Kingdom to Scotland, then they would have to make that up in their own budget, but that's a consequence of deciding to be financially independent, you end up paying for yourself.
Irrespective of your views over the long-term benefits of Brexit or independence, the increase in uncertainty caused by the triggering of Article 50 and the prospects of a second independence referendum will act as a headwind for many businesses. Just as it is the responsibility of the UK Government to provide clarity and reassurance wherever possible through the Brexit process, it is incumbent on the Scottish Government to do likewise around independence and to re-double their efforts to support the Scottish economy through these unprecedented times.
The whistleblower lists damning claims of spying on innocent individuals by a secretive Scotland Yard unit. It’s now vital that we hold the police to account. As the only Green party peer I receive a lot of post to my office in the House of Lords. Rarely, though, do I open letters like the one that has been revealed. The anonymous writer alleged that there was a secretive unit within Scotland Yard that has used hackers to illegally access the emails of campaigners and journalists. It included a list of 10 people and the passwords to their email accounts.
To suggest that an emphatic election victory on the basis of a clear manifesto commitment and a parliamentary majority on an issue does not provide a mandate begs the question: what does? And it runs the real risk of undermining the democratic process. Nine months on, there is no indication at all that this parliament's voice has carried any weight at Westminster. Instead, the UK government is taking decisions entirely unilaterally which I, and many others, believe will deeply damage our economy, our society and our standing in the world.
It will simply not be acceptable for the UK government to stand as a roadblock to the democratically expressed will of this parliament, . Nine months on there is no indication at all that this parliament's voice has carried any weight at (Britain's national parliament) Westminster. Instead the UK government is taking decisions entirely unilaterally which I, and many others, believe will deeply damage our economy, our society and our standing in the world.
I used to come up at half-term and visit my family in Uddingston in Glasgow and get Celtic kits. It is harder to come up these days being in London but I had very good times here. My dad, especially, is a big Scotland fan and when I got called up it was a proud moment for him. I have never had a season as good as this one. I owe a lot to Slavisa Jokanovic [the Fulham manager] and staff for that and I feel confident and if the gaffer wants me to play I will be ready.
A few managers over the past few seasons have played me on the right wing. I can play there but I never felt it was my strongest position. I have been playing in the middle of a three and it is more natural to my game. That is a big factor to my form this season and I have enjoyed it a lot.
As you'd expect, we got thumped. When I heard we were playing Scotland, I went into my drawer and found an old photo taken after the match when both teams lined up for a snap - and sitting in the front row are Gordon and I together. I've never spoken to the man again and he won't remember me but it's funny to think all these years later I'll be standing across from him in the dug-outs. We have to be realistic. This is a Scotland side currently in World Cup qualifying, so they will bring a lot of tempo and commitment to prove to their manager they should be involved on Sunday.
This is a game where you want to keep players on for 80 minutes. We don't see that now as you can change half your side. I feel that may have an impact on the number of injuries that are potentially occurring. If there is a way of lowering the number of replacements we can make might that change the body shape of players, but would it also mean there was more space at the end of the game as players would be more tired?
But I think it could change the body shape of payers and have an impact. It's tough now for players to stay on who aren't substituted off. The last 20 minutes when there should be space to play into they find themselves running into 120kg players who have just come on the pitch. So whilst they are feeling tired these players aren't and the impact will be on those players. I feel we put players at risk doing that.
I feel and have done for many years that I would love for us to look at lowering the number of substitutions we could make and get replacements down to five. I put it forward as an idea in 2005 but it didn't get any traction.
Most people in Scotland are sick to death of the SNP's games. They don't want another referendum any time soon, just three years after the last one. It was about a well-rehearsed game to put forward unworkable proposals, wait for Westminster politicians to point that out, then rush to any nearby microphone – angry face attached – to trot out the same old tired complaints. This bulldozer approach is completely at odds with the way the 2014 referendum was held.
One of the things we have to watch is that we take the people with us when the time comes. To maximise our chances of winning a Yes vote in a referendum, we have to make sure people are with us on the need for the referendum itself.
For the SNP their mandate for another referendum is based on the European Union. But now the SNP tell us they will not seek or guarantee membership of the European Union with their referendum. They are cynically courting the one in three independence supporters who backed Brexit. So they will use pro Europeans to get a referendum but sell them out to win independence. It is low politics for narrow gain.
Across mid and northern Wales, we're going to see some snow. As that moves into northern England it will stall across the Pennines.
It will affect the trans-Pennine routes like the M62, so there will be a tricky start to Wednesday morning for many.
For the SNP their mandate for another referendum is based on the European Union. But now the SNP tell us they will not seek or guarantee membership of the European Union with their referendum.
It would mean accepting that at the end of this process we will not even have the option of choosing an alternative path, and that the direction of our nation will be decided for us. I do not consider that to be right, or fair. The future of Scotland should not be imposed upon us, it should be the choice of the people of Scotland.
Most people in Scotland are sick to death of the SNP's games. They don't want another referendum any time soon, just three years after the last one. It was about a well-rehearsed game to put forward unworkable proposals, wait for Westminster politicians to point that out, then rush to any nearby microphone – angry face attached – to trot out the same old tired complaints. How different things are today.
It could be an independent country. The question is, does it want to be, given the consequences of it? Scotland certainly could be an independent country. There are plenty of small countries the same size as Scotland. Scotland has both the people, it has the capital city, the history, the culture. That's a consequence of deciding to be financially independent – you end up paying for yourself. It would be a challenge, I think, to borrow on the international market if Scotland decided to run a large budget deficit. I think that would be expensive, the interest rate would go up.
It will simply not be acceptable for the UK government to stand as a roadblock to the democratically expressed will of this parliament. Nine months on there is no indication at all that this parliament's voice has carried any weight at (Britain's national parliament) Westminster. Instead the UK government is taking decisions entirely unilaterally which I, and many others, believe will deeply damage our economy, our society and our standing in the world.
My brief visit to Edinburgh left me somewhat despondent because I felt the same way as I do when I leave Dublin.
Is that changing though? My gut feeling is yes and that should be a cause for regret to all of us.
I believe we should apologise. I will apologise to every voter in Wales that read the Conservative manifesto in the 2015 election. For me Dublin is somewhere which is recognisable but very different. That is fine in the context of the capital of an independent country but it should be a warning when visiting a city which is a crucial part of the UK. The sense of nationhood in Edinburgh is palpable. For a long time it has been satisfied within the UK. Even in 2014 a majority saw themselves as British and Scottish.
It is only a week since Nicola Sturgeon announced her plans for an unwanted divisive second referendum out of the blue with no prior notice to anyone. As usual with the SNP, it is a case of double standards.
Nicola Sturgeon wakes up every single day thinking of ways to engineer another referendum because leaving the UK is the only thing that matters to her. It isn't improving education in Scotland; it isn't lifting children out of poverty; it isn't giving us a health service fit for the 21st century. It's independence - she is a nationalist and that will always come first. But the will of the Scottish people was very clearly expressed in 2014.
The first things we worked on were composure and enjoying what you're doing. Then it was about developing skill sets that mean you can have more wins. There are a lot of things that have progressed throughout the last three years – the way we play, the way we want to control the ball, the way we try to get the ball back.
We wanted to do the eight games from November as best we could and I think the boys really stuck to their task. I'm very proud of the way they turned up week in, week out and give the best of themselves.
He instils confidence in each and every one of us. He wants us to go there and have some fun and you can see that on the boys' faces. We are scoring tries and winning games and that's what it's all about.
To stand in defiance of that would be for the prime minister to shatter beyond repair any notion of the UK as a respectful partnership of equals. If her concern is timing then within reason I am happy to have that discussion. But let the prime minister be in no doubt, the will of our parliament must and will prevail.
The SNP is not Scotland and they are acting against the majority wishes of the people of Scotland in putting forward their proposition on Monday. There are people right across Scotland, many, many thousands of them, that are so thankful for the prime minister to say let's take a pause on this. We have asked basic questions on things like currency, on things like a central bank, on things like whether we would even rejoin Europe as a full member, and Nicola Sturgeon seems unable to commit to that.
I didn't understand how complicated this is going to be. If they're going to try and deliver exactly the same benefits as we have now in the single market and customs union, this is an endeavour of unparalleled complexity. People start to think is this really going to be the thing that is going to be important. And then when you look at Scotland you see another strain on the constitution of the country as a result.
We weren't sure how much switching there would be in the early days of the market but based on the volume of bid activity that we're seeing there will be a reasonable amount. An awful lot of this activity is around large multi-site customers. My biggest concern is around the small customers, the SMEs, there's a lack of awareness and it's very evident in the activity to date. We see a massive amount of opportunity here. At the moment we're focusing on two or three areas where we want to target customers together. But there is a real opportunity to work together as a supply chain too.
It's not something that has anything like the difficulties of securing full European Union membership.
The idea is to have continuous membership of the European Economic Area. That's the logic behind Nicola Sturgeon's 18 months to two years for the referendum. By definition, that is a lot easier to achieve very, very quickly because EFTA is an organisation of four countries. The European Commission in a number of examples has negotiated arrangements like this before for accession countries.
The phrase was not once in a lifetime, it was the opportunity of a lifetime. I said it on the Andrew Marr show - it's just one of these collective myths that evolve.
There are people right across Scotland, many, many thousands of them, that are so thankful for the Prime Minister to say let's take a pause on this.
In my view this is a once in a generation - perhaps even a once in a lifetime - opportunity.
The SNP is not Scotland and they are acting against the majority wishes of the people of Scotland in putting forward their proposition on Monday. I've read far too many headlines saying, Scotland reacts X, Scotland reacts Y. No, it doesn't. There are people right across Scotland, many, many thousands of them, that are so thankful for the prime minister to say let's take a pause on this.
I don't think that is reasonable because by that point Scotland has been taken out of the EU, two years have elapsed. Presumably there is divergence opening up between the rules of the European Union and the single market and where the UK is going. I think it then gets much harder for Scotland to seek a different course.
The Prime Minister's attitude should worry all of us hoping that negotiations with Europe will not be a disaster because – and let me put it bluntly – if she shows the same condescension and inflexibility, the same tin ear, to other EU countries as she has to Scotland then the Brexit process will hit the rocks. Scotland isn't full up. If you are as appalled as we are at the path this Westminster Government is take, come and join us.
There will be an independence referendum.
The Prime Minister's attitude should worry all of us hoping that negotiations with Europe will not be a disaster because - and let me put this bluntly - if she shows the same condescension and inflexibility, the same tin ear, to other EU countries as she has to Scotland then the Brexit process will hit the rocks.
It's just gradually falling to bits.
Businesses were just getting past the first referendum and then came the oil crash: it was catastrophic. A second referendum is the worst possible thing. It's the uncertainty – businesses don't like uncertainty.
Absolutely Aberdeen has been through the wringer , you can see it – shops, restaurants and pubs closing, people out of jobs. We're more competitive, so as an industry, we're in a better place.
The challenge for the industry is to devise new technologies to make those [remaining reserves] economic, to make it up closer to the 20bn boe that some people talk about. At the moment, we're not going to make it.
I think it affects it big-time.
Compare the urgency with which ministers dealt with the steel crisis, or the haste with which Greg Clark went to France to discuss the future of Vauxhall, and compare that with the utter complacency in supporting our oil and gas industry. You have complete uncertainty already. You cannot have more uncertainty.
The third option, a patriotic Scottish way and free from the absolutism of the SNP and the do-nothing-ism of the Tories, is now essential because post-Brexit realities make the status quo redundant and require us to break with the past. The status quo has been overtaken by events because unless powers now with the European Union are repatriated from Brussels to the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assembly and the regions, Whitewall will have perpetrated one of the biggest power grabs by further centralising power.
The call for a second referendum has been triggered by the high-handed and disdainful attitude of the UK government. The uninitiated, on first encountering an SNP conference, might think that they were already stepping on to independent turf and that only the flourish of a civil servant’s pen was required to make it official. After two or three days of being held in the embrace of such boundless optimism you sometimes find yourself desperately seeking a dose of misery just to feel normal and Scottish once more; a Pink Floyd album perhaps, or a video of Great Scotland World Cup disasters.
Gordon Brown is lining himself up with the Tories to deny the people of Scotland a choice about their future. This is Brownhog day all over again. Gordon Brown has made this same stale speech numerous times over the years – but it is beyond parody for him to put forward proposals which have already been rejected by both the Labour party and the Tory government.
There will be an independence referendum. Imagine what will happen if Scotland chooses to stay. We will become a magnet for talent and investment from all across the UK. So let me issue this open invitation today – Scotland isn't full up. An independent Scotland would thrive outside the UK. If you are as appalled as we are at the path this Westminster government is taking, come and join us.
As we debate our future, let's do so openly and honestly. But let no one – for or against independence – ever seek to run down Scotland's strengths and our nation's great potential. What we must all do is strive to make our country even better.
What we're seeing yet again is Gordon Brown being wheeled out when the union is in trouble. We are very, very far from that. I don't take this seriously at all.
A new third option can unify our country and end the bitter and divisive yes-versus-no conflict that will continue to rip us apart. It is time to transcend the bitter division and extremism of an inflexible, die-hard conservatism at war with an intransigent and even more hardline nationalism.
That is the consequence of independence now. That is a more extreme and hard-line position to exit the British single market as well as the United Kingdom.
The patriotic way means that Scotland is not caught between a die-hard conservatism that denies the Scottish Parliament the powers it needs and a hard-line nationalism that throws away the resources we secure from being part of the union. Most of all, a new third option can unify our country and end the bitter and divisive yes-versus-no conflict that will continue to rip us apart. It is time to transcend the bitter division and extremism of an inflexible, die-hard conservatism at war with an intransigent and even more hardline nationalism.
If the British government tells the Scottish people you're not getting a referendum, then the whole of Scotland will erupt. Even the people who are sympathetic to Westminster control.
They've got a mandate just to go for independence. Theresa May cannot say that we haven't. Theresa May is being dogmatic, saying you're only a wee country and can just be ignored. I run a company [supplying restaurants and clubs] and with Brexit we are going to lose £200,000. The Brexit thing plus Theresa May knocking back Scotland is really not on. The Scottish people should get the choice.
It is time to transcend the bitter division and extremism of an inflexible, die-hard conservatism at war with an intransigent and even more hardline nationalism.
Tory and nationalist extremism should not rob us of a third option that can give the Scottish people more powers, offer honest answers about how we can pay for our public services and, faced with the post-Brexit threat to our employment and industry, address the urgent issue of how we create new jobs by exporting and trading successfully with Europe and the rest of the world. Most of all, a new third option can unify our country and end the bitter and divisive yes-versus-no conflict that will continue to rip us apart.
The patriotic way means that Scotland is not caught between a die-hard conservatism that denies the Scottish parliament the powers it needs and a hard-line nationalism that throws away the resources we secure from being part of the union.
Gordon and I have been working closely together as Labour puts forward an alternative to the constitutional extremes offered by the SNP and the Tories. Last month, I was delighted to secure the support of party conference for our vision of a federal UK. Our call for a reformed UK is about meeting the demand for change. One message from the independence and EU referendums was that people wanted more control over their lives. That's why Labour's plan for a People's Constitutional Convention and a federal UK will transform where political and economic power will lie in our country.
We know that together we are stronger when the nations of our United Kingdom work together rather than split apart. Scottish Labour will vote against a second referendum next week and the Labour Party I lead will never support leaving the UK.
The Tories argument is not about process, it's about their desperate desire to prevent anyone having the chance to reject the hard-right Brexit that they are so wedded to. The truth is it should not be for either Theresa May or the Scottish Government to decide Scotland's future, that choice belongs to the Parliament and the people of Scotland. And it is one this party will never, ever shy away from. We can not drift along for the next two years and hope for the best.
I can remember my mood, I can remember what I was saying to myself. I was looking up at the clock and thinking... well, it's a word that you can't print. I think we got our tactics a little bit wrong that day. It's something we didn't prepare for, being that far down. Giving any team a 21-point head start, you're not going to have an enjoyable day at the office, are you?
They have to import them from Scotland.
Well I've got news for you Prime Minister, your mask has slipped and the real face of Tory arrogance is there for all to see. Let there be no doubt, Scotland will have its referendum and the people of this country will have their choice. They will not be denied their say. Scotland's referendum is going to happen, and no UK Prime Minister should dare to stand in the way of Scottish democracy.
Let there be no doubt – Scotland's referendum is going to happen, and no UK Prime Minister should dare to stand in the way of Scottish democracy.
Scotland's referendum is going to happen and no UK prime minister should dare to stand in the way of Scotland's democracy.
If the Prime Minister refuses to engage on the terms of a referendum before Brexit takes place then she is effectively trying to block the people of Scotland having a choice over their future. That would be a democratic outrage. So when the terms of Brexit are known – and not before - we will give the people the choice over the direction Scotland should take – before it is too late to change course.
Plan A' is the democratic one, it is the right one, because it's the one which puts the choice into the hands of the people of Scotland.
You are not going to get away with it. You might have seen on Prime Ministers Question time wagging her finger towards Scotland and lecturing us on what was good for us, as if we were naughty children who should shut up and sit on the naughty step. Well I've got news for you Prime Minister, your mask has slipped and the real face of Tory arrogance is there for all to see. What your arrogant bluster doesn't conceal is that you have no intention whatsoever of reaching a deal with the Scottish Government. You intend to break your promise to Scotland and you think you can get away with it.
Well let me absolutely clear to Theresa May: you are not going to get away with it.
I'm very grateful to the Telegraph in gaining a refund from this awful bank. Any refund is better than nothing and although the £29,000 is very helpful, with a property of this size, unfortunately it does not go very far. I am disgusted with the underwriters who fobbed me off for years, refusing to talk to me or even my solicitor and only succumbed when a newspaper challenged them.
While it is great to get this money back, I can't help suspecting that the bank could have offered me a better rate than 3.6pc, but this could be difficult to prove.
For the wider U.K., a referendum would inject more political uncertainty which could further undermine sterling, raise inflation, and thereby cause slower growth in consumer and business investment spending.
I have a mandate to give people in Scotland a choice and it is simply undemocratic for a party with one MP (member of parliament) in Scotland to stand in the way of that.
Given that demands for the referendum have been brought about by Brexit, currency issues are likely to play an important role in any future debate on independence in the event a referendum is called. Oil prices could also be an important factor in deciding the vote given their sizable effect on Scotland's finances.
It is an argument for independence really in a nutshell, that Westminster thinks it has got the right to block the democratically elected mandate of the Scottish government and the majority in the Scottish Parliament. You know history may look back on today and see it as the day the fate of the union was sealed.
These fisheries are in a more exposed position than previously thought and we want people to make the most responsible decision when choosing fish, and go for green-rated fish. But the haddock population hasn't suddenly crashed and there is in fact evidence that the stock will increase by a meaningful amount this year.
Our conference will underline our party's priorities – education, growing the economy, investing in the NHS and protecting public services. We will also show the trust we place in the people of Scotland. It is clear from the PM's panicked response to the Scottish Government's decision to rightly, give people in Scotland a choice over Scotland's future, that the Tories are simply scared of the people's choice. The Tories' argument is not about process, it is about their desperate desire to prevent anyone having the chance to reject the hard-right Brexit that they are so wedded to.
I don't think I should be getting into Plan Bs at this stage when I am putting forward a Plan A that has such a strong cast iron mandate.
I have got various options that I would consider but with the greatest of respect I'm not going to share them with you right now. Well I will share them with the people of Scotland and the people of Scotland will have the right to know them once we are at that stage. I don't think I should be getting into Plan Bs at this stage when I am putting forward a Plan A that has such a strong cast iron mandate.
Why leave the UK for someone else to tell us what to do?
Go through all that again? It's not fair to the country, is it?
And now they apparently say that an independent Scotland would no longer seek to become a member of the EU after a vote for separation.
So we are looking very closely at how we can address this problem, and ensure a fairer deal for everyone. We will set out our plans very soon.
We have seen that tunnel vision on display again this week. The SNP argue that we should break up the UK because we are leaving the EU. It is muddle on muddle. One market that is manifestly not working for all consumers is the energy market. The vast majority of consumers, especially those with the lowest incomes, are on the most expensive tariffs. Relying on switching alone to keep prices down is clearly not working.
With few economic downsides so far, many Scots hoped they could ignore the Brexit process. The battle over a second referendum will make that impossible. What’s a year or two between friends? Quite a lot, it seems – and even longer between sworn political enemies. Theresa May got her own back on the first minister of Scotland by refusing her request for a second independence referendum before Brexit negotiations are complete. That position sounds kinda reasonable – until you think it through.
I will always fight to strengthen and sustain this precious, precious Union. Now is not the time.
Scotland's referendum is going to happen, and no UK prime minister should dare to stand in the way of Scottish democracy.
Our Plan for Britain is a plan for a brighter future.
Let there be no doubt: Scotland will have its referendum and the people of this country will have their choice. They will not be denied their say. Scotland's referendum is going to happen, and no UK prime minister should dare to stand in the way of Scottish democracy. Your mask has slipped and the real face of Tory arrogance is there for all to see. What your arrogant bluster doesn't conceal is that you have no intention whatsoever of reaching a deal with the Scottish government. You intend to break your promise to Scotland and you think you can get away with it.
If Theresa May thinks we will shut up and eat our cereal she should think again.
That union is more than just a constitutional artefact. It is a union between all of our citizens, whoever we are and wherever we're from.
The truth is it should not be for either Theresa May or the Scottish Government to decide Scotland's future. That choice belongs to the parliament and the people of Scotland and it is one this party will never shy away from.
Our conference will underline our party's priorities – education, growing the economy, investing in the NHS and protecting public services. We will also show the trust we place in the people of Scotland. It is clear from the PM's panicked response to the Scottish Government's decision to rightly, give people in Scotland a choice over Scotland's future, that the Tories are simply scared of the people's choice. The Tories argument is not about process, it is about their desperate desire to prevent anyone having the chance to reject the hard right Brexit that they are so wedded to.
So our Plan for Britain will put strengthening and sustaining that union at its heart.
These ratings changes have come about because scientific perception of the stock has changed. Compared to 2015, the stock numbers in 2016 were below the recommended level and at the point where action is now needed to increase the number of fish of breeding age.
The memory of that keeps us grounded. That was a tough, tough day. I think we all got something from that. Of course, we're very aware of what they're capable of doing, and they've proved this season that they are a good team which is improving.
Just been business as usual.
"The Scottish government is not proposing #scotref now... but when the terms of Brexit clear and before it is too late to choose an alternative path."
The Scottish government is not proposing #scotref now... but when the terms of Brexit clear and before it is too late to choose an alternative path.
All our energies should be focused on our negotiations with the European Union about our future relationship. To be talking about an independence referendum will make it more difficult for us to be able to get the right deal for Scotland, and the right deal for the UK. And more than that, I think it wouldn't be fair to the people of Scotland because they're being asked to make a crucial decision without all the necessary information - without knowing what the future partnership would be, or what the alternative of an independent Scotland would look like. Now is not the time.
Right now we should be working together, not pulling apart. We should be working together to get that right deal for Scotland, that right deal for the UK. That's my job as prime minister and so for that reason I say to the SNP (Scottish National Party) now is not the time. To look at this issue at this time would be unfair because people wouldn't have the necessary information to make such a crucial decision.
It is for the Scottish parliament – not Downing Street – to determine the timing of a referendum, and the decision of the Scottish parliament must be respected.
All our energies should be focused on our negotiations with the European Union.
Now is not the time. All our energies should be focused on our negotiations with the European Union.
Only sovereign states can be considered for membership within EFTA, which, for obvious reasons, complicates matters for Scotland if it were to seek entry. The future direction of Scotland is a debate that will take place in Westminster and Edinburgh and I prefer not to discuss hypotheticals.
If one side doesn't want to agree, which I'm afraid has been the position of the Scottish Government, then there is no way seek to agree can turn into agree.
And that is because there is no clear political or public consent for this to take place. The country – and our parliament – is divided not over just the question of independence, but over whether we should even hold a referendum or not.
This is not the Iron Lady – this is someone whose government is in chaos, chopping and changing all of the time.
It's an argument for independence really in a nutshell, that Westminster thinks it has got the right to block the democratically elected mandate of the Scottish government and the majority in the Scottish parliament. History may look back on today and see it as the day the fate of the union was sealed.
We reject conclusively the timetable for a referendum set out by the Scottish government. For a key reason – because it is unfair to Scottish voters. We have just come through a referendum campaign when a key complaint among many people was that they did not have the necessary information to help them make an informed decision. If we were to keep to the first minister's timetable, this is exactly what would happen in Scotland, too. On the most important political decision a country can make, we would be voting blind.
Use of new medicines in the UK is already poor, with patients seven times more likely to get a newly launched medicine in places like Germany or France. While Scotland and Wales are both making strides in improving the use of new medicines, English patients face more barriers. As we head towards Brexit we should be catching up with Europe not falling further behind.
Is it not true, though, that independent forecasts suggest independence would put Scotland £11bn in the red? So I issue a direct challenge. If next Wednesday, the Scottish parliament votes for a second referendum, will the Tories respect the will of this parliament?
I choose to put this parliament first.
In any decision like that, Spain will always make sure that it's treated as a separate case and that no parallels are drawn between the Scottish and the Catalan situations. That's the default strategy.
I think they'll deal with it when they have to deal with it; it's basically the decision-making mode of Rajoy. The Spanish government has been very adept at not showing its cards until the moment of decision. [It's] shown that trying to veto something and being left in a minority is a very powerless position. It might put you in a very difficult situation going forward because the EU isn't a zero-sum game; it's a repeated game in which different members states extract gains in successive negotiations.
What a mistake! How different from stable and healthy democracies.
Right now we should be working together, not pulling apart. We should be working together to get that right deal for Scotland, that right deal for the UK. That's my job as prime minister and so for that reason I say to the SNP (Scottish National Party) now is not the time.
To look at this issue at this time would be unfair because people wouldn't have the necessary information to make such a crucial decision.
The Scottish Conservatives reject the proposals set out by the first minister on Monday. A referendum cannot happen when the people of Scotland have not been given the opportunity to see how our new relationship with the European Union is working. And it should not take place when there is no clear political or public consent for it to happen. Our country does not want to go back to the divisions and uncertainty of the last few years.
Ireland not having anything to play for means they have the courage to fail which frees them up mentally. We are a little bit vulnerable because we have already been crowned the Six Nations champions and we had a big win against Scotland, so for us it's getting the right mind-set for the game.
Ireland not having anything to play for means they have the courage to fail which frees them up mentally, we are a little bit vulnerable because we have already been crowned the Six Nations champions and we had a big win against Scotland, so for us it's getting the right mind-set for the game. I congratulate Tom Wood on his personal milestone. He is a committed team man, who has fought his way back into this set-up and has been a great contributor to the team on and off the field. He works very hard and it's a great reward for him.
Vern has always spoken to me, he has always had a plan for me. Initially he brought me in to get to know the boys and the way they played, and I was just fortunate to get in through injuries. I am just trying to do my best at the moment and hoping to get selected against Italy.
It was tough when it happened and I did well to get back and have a good season last season, getting into the Pro12 dream team. I had another clear-out of my ankle at the end of the season, so I was struggling to get back to form for a long time. My Scotland debut has been a long time coming and I am just glad to be here. I was always confident I would come back.
Parisse is a very talented ball-player, a lot revolves round him in the Italian team, so we have to shut him down. He is a big part of their game, but I felt I got on well against him. He is a guy I watched growing up. He's soskilful that it's a joy to watch him play. He is one of the best back-row players in the world, especially in a team that has not always done well, yet he has always been a stand out performer. It shows how good he is.
The result was tough to take, but sometimes you get your first international cap in unusual circumstances. But it was still a very proud moment for me to get on and get an international cap for my adopted country, a massive honour.
It's been the best Six Nations ever, in terms of the quality… that's unquestionable I think. The England game we should have won and the first half in Scotland we weren't in trouble. Then I thought it was a huge Test match against Ireland. So the guys have done pretty well in face of all the adversity and criticism.
This is exactly why people don't want independence, and why they don't want to be dragged into a divisive campaign to return that verdict again.
This is a significant recovery. Thousands of workers associated with the New Jersey fund and others are going to benefit.
If the UK Government genuinely believes in a United Kingdom (it must) take the needs, interests, concerns of the different parts of the UK seriously. The Tories are boxing themselves into a very dangerous corner. For a party that claims to be a unionist party they are making it very difficult for people in Scotland, who are not traditionally SNP voters, to look to the future of a Tory-run Britain and accepting that as our best way forward.
One of the driving forces behind the union's creation was the remorseless logic that greater economic strength and security come from being united. Politics is not a game, and government is not a platform from which to pursue constitutional obsessions.
Although there is a lot of sympathy for Scotland, the problem is the interests of having good relations with England massively outweighs helping Scotland.
Scotland is a modern country that wants to see gender equality become the norm across all parts of society, and today's decision is another step forward in that journey.
The tunnel vision the SNP (Scottish Nationalist Party) has shown today is deeply regrettable; it sets Scotland on a course for more uncertainty and division, creating huge uncertainty. And this is at a time when the evidence is that… the majority of the Scottish people don't want a second independence referendum.
I am not turning my back on further discussions. If the UK leaves the EU without Scotland indicating beforehand – or at least within a short time after it – that we want a different relationship with Europe, we could face a lengthy period outside not just the EU but also the single market. That could make the task of negotiating a different future much more difficult.
We may see the prime minister travel to different parts of the UK and to show that she is listening but she won't actually reach an agreement on the substance of things. If anybody whether in UK government or fourth estate in Whitehall thinks that somehow this is going to have anything other than massive repercussions to stand in the way of democracy.
One of the things that has made a lot of people change their minds from no in 2014 to yes at the present time are people who are internationally minded, who do want to live in a country that welcomes visitors and people who choose to live in this country that when people come seeking refuge they should be offered refuge. So this is about more than our relationship with Europe – it is about our values as a country. I think that is the view of the UK government. This is about not where we come from but where we are going.
There may only be days, may only be weeks, but where all of our efforts are currently focused is trying to convince the UK government to come to a compromise agreement protecting Scotland's place in Europe. If that road runs out and if we have to have that referendum, we will be turning our attention to making sure that we are making the case publicly, intellectually and in every other way so people understand the choice of a hard Tory Brexit Britain or a Scotland able to to maintain its relations with the rest of Europe.
I think when we get to the stage of a referendum process proceeding we are going to have a debate across the full gamut of what type of Scotland we seek. Everyone understands there was a detailed white paper into 2014.
We've had a lot of great support from the fans and, if we win three out of five, we can finish well in the Championship. If we do that, we can move away from the England game. We can't – and we don't need to – reinvent the wheel inside a week. We just made a lot of uncharacteristic errors at the weekend. You're just gutted when you lose. The manner of it was very hard to take. You do want to represent the country as best you can and make the nation proud. That's what we had been doing, so that made the weekend hard.
Vern's departure has never been mentioned, not once. I don't think we will discuss it. That's probably the measure of the man – he's not interested in the accolades, not interested in people playing for him or the other coaches who are moving on. There is enough to play for without trying to win for someone else. Nobody needs that.
There will be a reaction because it makes you sick when you watch it back. It's not easy but there will be a positive reaction. I certainly believe we've been on the right path and right trend for a while now, but you can't really gloss over what went wrong against England. Hurting is pretty tough at this level. The manner of it was painful to take for the boys.
There is much that binds us and I don't want to see anybody doing constitutional gameplaying with the future of the UK. The most important single market for Scotland is the single market of the United Kingdom.
In my heart, I long for Wales to leave the UK. While the economics doesn’t add up, we urgently need to follow Scotland in discussing our future as a nation. Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement on Monday that she plans to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence was inevitable after Theresa May refused to discuss full Scottish access to the single market and threatened to restrict new powers for Scotland after Brexit. Downing Street, having decided the British people have had quite enough democracy for the time being, countered that “another referendum would be divisive and cause huge economic uncertainty at the worst possible time”.
They've put us in this position – it's not where we want to be. I would be absolutely negligent in my duty as a government minister were I not to pursue the interests of the Scottish people. And the single market membership is absolutely crucial, for jobs, for services, for people. If we're meant to be treated with respect, with equal partnership, then we've seen very little respect, very little partnership. If it's a partnership of equals it doesn't feel like that from Scotland.
So much is unclear from the UK government. And that's one of the reasons we find ourselves here. We've put forward compromises, we're trying to work with the UK government, we've not had anything meaningful back, so therefore we can't drift for the next two years. We have to provide some political leadership. If you look at what the expectations are from the European commission and, indeed, other capitals, I think we'll be in a very sorry and sad state indeed by autumn 2018.
The parameters of that deal will have to be known by autumn 2018, so other EU countries can have the ratification, in order to do what the UK wants, which is to leave by spring 2019. That window of opportunity for Scotland to take a different course, once the parameters of the hard Brexit deal are known by autumn 2018, would allow us to take a different course before the actual exit by the EU.
Next week I will seek the approval of the Scottish Parliament to agree with the UK government the details of a section 30 order - the procedure that will enable the Scottish Parliament to legislate for an independence referendum.
The kind of change we want.
If Scotland is to have a real choice - when the terms of Brexit are known, but before it is too late to choose our own course - then that choice must be offered between the autumn of next year, 2018, and the spring of 2019.
It will be decided by the people of Scotland. It will be Scotland's choice.
The UK Government was clear in 2014 that an independence referendum should be, in their words, made in Scotland, by the people of Scotland' – that is a principle that should be respected today. Having Scotland's referendum - at a time when the terms of Brexit are known - will give the Scottish people a choice about the kind of change we want. And it must be a choice for all of us.
By leaving the UK it would also leave Nato - of course it is absolutely possible to apply for membership and then the allies will then decide.
Brexit has made change inevitable… the choice I believe Scotland should have should be what kind of change we want. U.K. membership of the single market was ruled out with no prior consultation with the Scottish government, or indeed with other devolved administrations – leaving us facing not just Brexit, but a hard Brexit.
If I ruled out a referendum, I would be deciding–completely unilaterally–that Scotland will follow the UK to a 'hard Brexit' come-what-may, no matter how damaging to our economy and our society it turns out to be.
We are talking about a worldwide club. It is a massive club - the biggest club in Scotland. It is one club that is fighting to get on top again and we know we are going to get on the top. That is what we are here for, and the challenge is to help the club, to rebuild that path, the history and the glory – it is the main reason that brought us to this challenge. I give you two numbers - 144 years old and 54 league titles. That is more than enough. We trust the players we have right now. For us this is the best squad in Scotland and we just need to give them that confidence.
It sets Scotland on a course for more uncertainty and division. I am not turning my back on further discussions should the U.K. government change its mind. Sometimes you've got to do what you think it right in politics. And I think it's right for Scotland to have a choice.
I will take the steps necessary now to make sure that Scotland will have a choice at the end of this process. A choice of whether to follow the UK to a hard Brexit, or to become an independent country able to secure a real partnership of equals with the rest of the UK and our own relationship with Europe. I think would be the common sense time for Scotland to have that choice, if that is the road we choose to go down. I'm not ruling anything out.
The timing of the Brexit negotiations are not within the control of the Scottish Government. However, we must plan on the basis of what we do know now and what we know is that on the timetable set out by the Prime Minister, the shape of the Brexit deal will become clear in the autumn of next year ahead of ratification votes by other EU countries. That is therefore the earliest point at which a referendum would be appropriate. Having sunk the ship with the Brexit vote, that would be puncturing Scotland's lifeboat as well and I don't think that would be acceptable.
We have not met with a Government and a Prime Minister who is willing to meet us half way [, ...] they have moved away from compromise with language that has appeared to become harder and harder.
Scotland stands at a hugely important crossroads. On the eve of Article 50 being triggered, not only is there no U.K.-wide agreement on the way ahead – the U.K. government has not moved even an inch in pursuit of compromise and agreement. All of our efforts at compromise have been met with a brick wall of intransigence. I will continue to stand up for Scotland's interests during the process of Brexit negotiations.
But I will take the steps necessary now to make sure that Scotland will have a choice at the end of this process – a choice of whether to follow the U.K. to a hard Brexit, or to become an independent country able to secure a real partnership of equals with the rest of the U.K. and our own relationship with Europe.
I am not turning my back on further discussions should the U.K. government change its mind. Sometimes you've got to do what you think it right in politics. And I think it's right for Scotland to have a choice.
Vodafone is one of our country's great international success stories and it's fantastic this global organisation is demonstrating its confidence in the UK by creating new jobs across the North, in the Midlands, in Scotland and in Wales.
The tunnel vision that the SNP has shown today is deeply regrettable. It sets Scotland on a course for more uncertainty and division, creating huge uncertainty. And this is at a time when the evidence is that the Scottish people, the majority of the Scottish people, do not want a second independence referendum. So, instead of playing politics with the future of our country, the Scottish government should focus on delivering good government and public services for the people of Scotland. Politics is not a game.
If Scotland is to have a real choice - when the terms of Brexit are known but before it is too late to choose our own course - then that choice must be offered between the autumn of next year, 2018, and the spring of 2019. If the UK leaves the EU without Scotland indicating beforehand - or at least within a short time after it - that we want a different relationship with Europe, we could face a lengthy period not just outside the EU but also the single market. Yes I do. Absolutely, I believe that. LABOUR PARTY WON'T OPPOSE CALL FOR REFERENDUM IF SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT WANTS ONE.
The first minister’s call for a second independence referendum won’t have been taken lightly, but it’s a gamble she clearly feels she can win. Nicola Sturgeon’s decision to flag up a second referendum on Scottish independence is hardly a bombshell – it has been the stuff of rumour since the Brexit vote last year. But it certainly threw a hand grenade into a Westminster forum fixated on the triggering of article 50. So while London waited for one starting gun to fire, another went off in the elegant surroundings of the first minister’s official residence in Edinburgh.
Yes I do. Absolutely, I believe that.
If Scotland is to have a real choice - when the terms of Brexit are known but before it is too late to choose our own course - then that choice must be offered between the autumn of next year, 2018, and the spring of 2019. If the UK leaves the EU without Scotland indicating beforehand - or at least within a short time after it - that we want a different relationship with Europe, we could face a lengthy period not just outside the EU but also the single market.
I have been genuine and sincere about trying to reach a compromise agreement with the UK government. We have not met with a Government and a Prime Minister who is willing to meet us half way on that... they have moved away from compromise with language that has appeared to become harder and harder.
Not only is there no U.K.-wide agreement on the way ahead, but the U.K. government has not moved even an inch in pursuit of compromise and agreement. Our efforts at compromise have instead been met with a brick wall of intransigence.
Since last June my focus has been on trying to find an agreement with the UK that would reconcile the UK-wide vote to leave the European Union with the Scottish vote to remain.
It's not as certain as some imagine that she (Ms Sturgeon) would go, that would depend on how she handles defeat. I think she could get away with staying on in a way he (Mr Salmond) could not have.
I am taking the steps necessary to make sure that Scotland will have a choice – wheth- er to follow the UK to a hard Brexit, or to become an independent country able to secure our relationship with Europe, build a stronger and more sustainable economy and create a fairer society. That choice will not be taken by me, the Scottish Government, or the SNP. It will be decided by the people of Scotland. It will be Scotland's choice. And I trust the people to make that choice. I trust you to make that choice.
Ours is not a marriage of convenience, or a fair-weather friendship, but a true and enduring Union, tested in adversity and found to be true... We are four nations, but at heart we are one people. That solidarity is the essence of our United Kingdom and is the surest safeguard of its future. The devolution of powers across the United Kingdom must not mean we become a looser and weaker Union. We cannot allow our United Kingdom to drift apart. For too long the attitude in Whitehall has been to 'devolve and forget.
Within that window, I guess, of when the outline of a UK deal becomes clear and the UK exiting the EU, I think would be commonsense time for Scotland to have that choice, if that is the road we choose to go down.
I am honoured to join the club, but if we end up losing in Ireland we will all be massively disappointed. We want to win the Grand Slam. We are going to train unbelievably hard and treat it like it is our World Cup final, giving it our all. We are not thinking about the Lions at all: our focus is on England and now it is about Ireland on Saturday and getting the win.
My concern is what team we will have against Italy. England are a great team, but we did not start well and were caught out by set plays. The game went away from us quite quickly.
If they lose it, that is it dead in the water. That is it finished. It would never happen again in our lifetime.
Nothing is inevitable in life or politics, but I think another referendum is as inevitable as anything can be.
You know, I have really mixed feelings about this, because I 100% believe Scotland should be an independent country but I do not think they should call it unless there is strong support that says they can win it.
At the start of the last referendum, independence support was in the low 30s. This time around – before any campaigning in favour and having soaked up a lot of attacks against – Yes starts at perhaps 50%, according to the latest poll. That must be a very attractive prospect for Nicola Sturgeon, believing that a campaign can push that support further.
OK, they just missed it by a tiny minority. But maybe that is the start of a bit of a downturn.
I do think we should set it within the context of the economic relationship with the rest of the UK, and the question of devolution of EU [powers] to English regions and to Scotland, and to parts of Scotland rather than just to the government in Holyrood, because the principle of regionalism is it goes to everybody within a region, not just to the central powers, and the SNP have a bit of a tendency to centralise things around themselves. Westminster blocking a second referendum would give the SNP exactly what they want – more grievance.
Kezia Dugdale is absolutely right to oppose a second referendum at Holyrood and to keep the pressure on Nicola Sturgeon to rule one out. However any hypothetical deal on a second referendum is highly premature as there would need to be lengthy negotiations around the timing and the question on the ballot paper, given the remain/leave precedent set in the EU referendum.
If a referendum is held then it is absolutely fine, it should be held. I don't think it's the job of Westminster or the Labour party to prevent people holding referenda.
Next week Nicola Sturgeon must rule out a second referendum and get back to the bread and butter issues.
All of these negotiations would happen at a time when the SNP should be focused on education, where attainment is falling, on the NHS, which faces a workforce crisis, and on our economy which sees 220,000 Scottish children live in poverty.
He's pretty resilient. He will do the right thing by the team and by his body. It will be a loss, of course, but we are very happy with the strengths Ben can bring. We are very happy with the 23 we will have on the pitch. We have flexibility, Jack Nowell is there who can come into the centre. Elliot Daly can come in to 13. So we will be very happy.
You need unshakeable self-belief going there. A lot of times players say they believe they can win but you question whether they genuinely do. But there is genuine belief in our ability now in Scotland, and it makes a big difference. This team is a different animal.
Trying to build confidence in the camp was very difficult when you looked at the calibre of player up against you.
It is a hell of a theatre to go into.
This team has as good a chance as any. They are mentally prepared and they want to prove people wrong. They have been the in-form team of this Six Nations.
This poll suggests some modest movement back towards independence since we last measured opinion six months ago.
But the Deputy First Minister says it was merely planned as a bonus. They can't both be right, and this contradiction exposes that the entire economic prospectus on which the SNP based its case for independence was bogus.
I certainly consider oil to be a big bonus. It has certainly been a huge bonus for the United Kingdom–there has been £300 billion-worth of revenues for the United Kingdom. Of course, I am not the only person who thought that oil was a bonus. In 2014, the Prime Minister came to Aberdeen and said that, if Scots voted no in the referendum, there would be a £200 billion oil boom bonus for Scotland.
Within that window, of when the outline of a UK deal becomes clear and the UK exiting the EU, I think would be a common sense time for Scotland to have that choice, if that is the road we choose to go down.
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This is yet another attempt by Nicola Sturgeon to sow division and uncertainty, at a time when the country needs to pull together more than ever.
Within that window, er I guess of when the, the sort of outline of a UK deal, becomes clear on the UK exiting the EU, I think would be the common sense time for, Scotland to have that choice, if that is the road we choose to go down. Well, I'm not and I never have been and, you know, I always think that sometimes kind of says more about them than it says about me because it, it suggests that there are politicians in Westminster who think Brexit and all of this is some kind of game.
It's not a game, it's really, really serious and the implications for the UK are serious and the implications for Scotland are serious.
If we don't, the other option is complacency: sit still and just let it happen. Then what happens? You lose, you get a kick up the arse, you go away and think: 'We've got to work harder.' We asked the boys to make a choice. I don't need to tell you what the answer was.
With neither prepared to back down over the possibility of a second Scottish referendum, it’s a high-stakes fight for both. Nicola Sturgeon observed today that, if there is another independence referendum for Scotland, it would be “common sense” to hold it in autumn 2018. Her comments stoke a constitutional fire.
Within that window, I guess, of when the outline of a UK deal becomes clear and the UK exiting the EU, I think would be commonsense time for Scotland to have that choice, if that is the road we choose to go down. I'm not and I never have been. I always think that says more about them than it says about me because it suggests that our politicians at Westminster and all the rest of it think that Brexit is some kind of game.
The players are completely focussed on the level of our performance. That's it.
Never mind bringing forward plans for a second referendum, the SNP needs to own up to the lies it told in the first. Andrew Wilson has admitted that even the SNP knew its claims about an oil 'boom' were rubbish. Nicola Sturgeon and John Swinney should now come clean. It remains deeply worrying that the SNP used its position in power at the Scottish Government to bend the truth to its own ends.
Against Wales, Tommy Seymour's try was about 10 phases and Tim Visser's was about 15. Although this year it has been the backs who have got the tries it has been the forwards who have got us down there and in positions we can score from. This year everyone seems to know what's happening more, collectively as a team. Vern's been great. It's been great the way he's handled this, knowing he's leaving but still giving his all and looking to be successful, as we all do. It's his second-last game and it's a big one so we'll definitely be going down there to get the win for him and us as players.
I've played with Ali at Glasgow so much, so we've got a good understanding and we know how each other plays. I didn't have to change too much at all, although I guess I'm now the more experienced one, rather than how it was with Greig. In terms of attack I've maybe taken on a little bit more leadership there, although Ali's good. He's happy to talk through the sessions and say what he's thinking. He's got a good brain, so it's good to have him there.
I think we kicked 33 times to Wales's 16, which for us in the last couple of years hasn't happened often. It's a lot about territory and staying out of the middle third. Looking on to England I see similarities but we'll be looking to keep the ball in hand, play with it and score tries off multiphase. We'll need to strike the balance between kicking and not overplaying but also playing in the right areas.
For a lot of players this weekend is really important and the match-ups at Twickenham are reasonably significant. I'm interested in how the two 10s [Finn Russell and George Ford] match up against each other. Same with the wingers – I thought Tim Visser played well against Wales and Tommy Seymour has been impressive, while Sean Maitland has been playing well for Saracens. Stuart Hogg has done all right, so there's a little bit of depth in Scotland's back three.
In midfield, they've got someone like Matt Scott who hasn't even been involved, as well as Alex Dunbar and Huw Jones. So I think there are some nice match-ups between England and Scotland in the backs. Up front, Scotland have a genuine openside in Hamish Watson, and they've got strength in the back row – they will fancy themselves against England because I'm still not convinced that Itoje is a six and Vunipola has not played a lot of rugby. The two Gray boys have also gone well, so there are some really good match-ups in the Calcutta Cup.
You've got to think about the Lions being away from home, against one of the best teams in the world. So I'm looking at it from a Scottish point of view and seeing that they've got two wins at home. So there are a few challenges for Scotland this weekend, although Wales probably need a result more than Scotland do.
Craig House or Castle… is an exciting place… a most unusual complex.
The composition is most picturesque with high curtain-walls, gunloops, parapets and crow-stepped gables.
The Scottish Government should use these funds to turbo-charge the Scottish economy prioritising measures to lift the nation's productivity, such as education and infrastructure investments.
Today the Chancellor chose to put extra pressure on hundreds of thousands of Scottish self-employed people. Increasing the tax burden on plumbers, cleaners and musicians, while decreasing corporation tax isn't the right move.
Unfortunately, we have been unable to find a buyer and it is not commercially viable to continue trading the stores. We are working closely with the Co-op, USDAW (the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) and the relevant government agencies to ensure that all employees receive the maximum levels of practical and financial support through the redundancy process.
It's a stadium where you can draw energy from the crowd. Teams have more resolve there, because you have to be a bit stronger and rely on each other.
Compared to last year, some very powerful winds across the month helped increase the total electricity supplied to the National Grid from Scotland's wind turbines. As we began to witness for the first time last year, this February has also seen a few days where the power output from wind farms exceeded the total electricity demand for an entire day. This is quite an achievement.
We believe this merger is excellent for our clients, bringing together the strong and highly complementary investment capabilities of each firm. This merger brings financial strength, diversity of customer base and global reach to ensure that the enlarged business can compete effectively on the global stage.
We strongly believe that we can build on the strength of the existing Standard Life business by combining with Aberdeen to create one of the largest active investment managers in the world and deliver significant value for all of our stakeholders.
You have to give good impressions, long binds, that sort of stuff but it is also important you stick to your guns.
The potential was there and Eddie came in with a clear vision of how he wanted to play and stuck at it. We train hard and everything is aligned to getting performance on the field. We train hard so we can play harder.
Every team raises their game against us and nothing is going to be given to us.
There has been a big focus on recovery, ice baths, massages, all that sort of stuff, so that we are ready to go again after a hard session. There has been a bigger concentration on it than in any other team in which I have been involved. If you trust the people who train you, they will make you peak for when you need to peak.
Nathan has gone really well. He's grown into the role. He's hit hard and carried hard. What he's done at the base has got better and better. He's played a big role for us.
He brings a good boost to the boys, he's a likeable character so he brings a good energy to the squad. It's a confidence boost for us.
Gordon Wilson has recognised that the SNP's separation dream would in fact be an economic nightmare, with us outside the UK and Europe.
It is quite remarkable to hear a former SNP leader admit that EU membership for an independent Scotland is a fantasy.
The Scottish National party must exercise extreme care if, as it appears, it is caught in a political vortex and cannot avoid holding a second referendum on independence at the worst possible time. For many supporters, that is not the only problem. It is the seeming unpreparedness, almost as if the Party hierarchy is giving priority to the local government elections. When are we to be given the answers on the currency, budget and trade? Who is to lead the campaign and how is it to be financed?
Scotland are full of confidence after their win against Wales. They have a physical pack and they have got a clinical back line. They are as big a test as anyone we have faced so far. There are still various teams that could win the competition, which puts pressure on us all.
It is the business end of the tournament. We have a massive target on our backs and teams are upping their game against us. That is a massive compliment to us but we have to deal with it by preparing hard and stepping up ourselves.
Behind a smokescreen of bogus patriotism, ideologically driven cuts to the NHS and all our public services are unpicking the bonds of nationhood. On Saturday there was a demonstration against funding cuts to the NHS. A quarter of a million people were all willing to lay down a bit of their weekend to protect the institution that represents not just security but generosity, civility, cooperation and everything noble and worthwhile about living as part of a nation. Surely there’s some next move? Surely we don’t just have to stand by and watch as services are cut back and privatised, staff see their pay frozen and conditions worsen, patients get used to expecting less, and the government answers every charge with a bland remark about an ageing population?
We all know that the SNP will never stop twisting the truth and distorting reality in their effort to denigrate our United Kingdom and further their obsession of independence. A tunnel vision nationalism, which focuses only on independence at any cost, sells Scotland short. As I have made clear repeatedly, no decisions currently taken by the Scottish Parliament will be removed from them. I am determined to ensure that as we leave the EU, we do so as one United Kingdom, which prospers outside the EU as one United Kingdom.
It is time to get rid of the waffle, and the theories that have failed – and restore Scotland's reputation as providing the best education in the world.
Those who actually love their country would never seek to divide it.
India, our Commonwealth partner, is one of the world's largest spirits markets. But within the EU, Scotch whisky faces a tariff of 150 percent for selling to India. And Scotch whisky, the world's preeminent spirit has just a one percent share of the Indian market. I am determined that we should do better than that for our key industries.
We must take this opportunity to bring our United Kingdom closer together because the Union which we all care about is not simply a constitutional artefact. It is a union of people, affections and loyalties…The existence of our Union rests on some simple but powerful principles: solidarity, unity, family.
As we bring powers and control back to the United Kingdom, we must ensure that right powers sit at the right level to ensure our United Kingdom can operate effectively and in the interests of all of its citizens, including people in Scotland. As I have made clear repeatedly, no decisions currently taken by the Scottish parliament will be removed from them. While the SNP propose that decision-making should remain in Brussels, we will use the opportunity of Brexit to ensure that more decisions are devolved back into the hands of the Scottish people.
It took time for me to come to some sort of peace with myself about it. It's something I struggled with. I didn't want to be gay – I'm not sure how many people do….
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Where we have spoken the language of consensus and co-operation, theirs has been the language of Westminster diktat. Where we have been prepared to offer a solution short of our ideal outcome, they have refused to seriously engage. And where we have offered compromise, we have been met by a brick wall of Tory intransigence.
The people of Scotland have decided and we should stick with that verdict.
We have got, I think, a good relationship… I know her media persona is quite reserved, but she's got quite a quiet wit about her. I think she'll be a good prime minister. She takes everything very seriously, and will always do the right thing. To serve through Brexit is going to be a bloody tough shift, and I take my hat off to her that she wanted to take it on. Labour is still fumbling with its flies while the Tories are enjoying their post-coital cigarette. After withdrawing our massive Johnson.
My first visit as Prime Minister was here to Scotland. I wanted to make clear that strengthening and sustaining the bonds that unite us is a personal priority for me. I am confident about the future of our United Kingdom and optimistic about what we can achieve together as a country. I would suggest that macho, beer-swilling, posturing at the golf-club bar isn't going to get us anywhere.
I don't think another independence referendum is inevitable at all. I still hope that Nicola Sturgeon would take it off the table, end that uncertainty, work with the UK Government to get that best possible deal for Scotland. Of course there could be another independence referendum but there shouldn't be one.
We flew over to Scotland and we made a presentation to J.K. Rowling and got her to give us the thumbs up. [She was] very happy and pleased with what we created. She said, I didn't really know what it would taste like but I guess this would be it! This is wonderful.
The board is now in position this year to have the conversation on paying dividends. We'll also look at the opportunities we've got for growth, whether that is continuing the organic growth or some inorganic opportunities. We'll be on our toes because there may be opportunities in the marketplace.
They announced this £750m fund available, which challenger banks can use to grow or deliver further services to SMEs, so I think that is quite exciting and we are contemplating ways in which we can apply to that fund as and when more details come to the market.
We will always work to improve our public services – but absurdly ill-informed comments like this do the Prime Minister no favours.
I would be confident of victory. By the end of the last campaign Yes had already crossed over to be in the lead in the polls and we won by 10 points. At the moment they are polling way below what they were doing then. I think the arguments are weaker and I think the people of Scotland are just as switched on as they were three years ago so I think there's every chance that we would win by a wider margin. Folk aren't daft – they can see through that.
If the prime minister thinks she can come to Scotland and sermonise about where power should lie, in the manner of one of her Tory predecessors, she should remember this: her government has no mandate in Scotland, and no democratic basis to take us out of Europe and the single market against our will.
But increasingly, this Tory government seems to think it can do what it wants to Scotland and get away with it.
We've been very clear we are not going to take powers from the Scottish parliament. What we do need to look at is are these powers which currently reside in Brussels, how should we deal with those? There will be some areas where we do need to ensure there is a UK framework to make sure that this very important single market of the United Kingdom, which matters so much to Scotland, is working properly. But what we are talking to all of the devolved administrations about is when we bring powers back from Brussels, what should stay at a UK level and what should be further devolved?
If an independence referendum does arise, it will not be down to bad faith on the part of the Scottish government, but to sheer intransigence on the part of the UK government. It is not too late for the UK government to change course, but time is running out.
This is a strong core bank getting masked by all the sins of the past.
This is a bank that has been on a remarkable journey. We still have further to go. But the next three years will not be the same as the past three.
Overall the prospective deal looks better for the 'eligible challenger banks' than for RBS.
"Overall the prospective deal looks better for the 'eligible challenger banks' than for RBS,"
I think you'd be amazed to see it, with its tiny head and long snaky neck.
It is highly unlikely that businesses suffered material financial distress as a result of the bank's actions.
The FCA will provide a further update on this matter when it is in a position to do so and will publish a full account of its findings when practicable once our work is concluded.
My advice to all of you is, don't work for money – it will wear out fast, or you'll never make enough and you will never be happy, one or the other.
The BoE is unlikely to raise rates soon, but it could become more likely later this year if growth holds up, inflation expectations continue to rise, and wage growth proves stronger than expected which would offer more support for the pound.
We are working on a timescale now where Article 50 (which triggers Britain leaving the European Union) will be activated next month – that's the timescale when it will almost certainly become clear whether there's going to be a referendum or not. So that's the timescale we should be working on to get our campaign up and running.
"This is an example of past misconduct that has no place at RBS,". "These findings make for uncomfortable reading and we have already taken significant steps to make sure this kind of behaviour cannot happen again.".
We've made it clear that there's no need for a second referendum.
The debate on the future of unconventional oil and gas in Scotland has proven both complex and controversial. It is also an issue that has stimulated intense discussion, motivated by deeply held and sincere views on all sides. The Scottish Government has sought to present impartial, independent information on unconventional oil and gas in order to encourage informed dialogue and debate. This consultation does not set out or advocate a preferred Scottish Government position or policy. Instead, we want to create space for dialogue and allow different perspectives to come forward.
Brexit was an example of what was to come. And I happened to be in Scotland at Turnberry cutting a ribbon when Brexit happened and we had a vast amount of press there. And I said Brexit – this was the day before, you probably remember, I said Brexit is going to happen and I was scorned in the press for making that prediction. I was scorned.
I happened to be in Scotland… cutting a ribbon, when Brexit happened. I said- this was the day before, you probably remember- 'Brexit is going to happen' and I was scorned in the press for making that prediction.
It sends a message that if we work through this trade agreement, that golf course is going to be pretty important.
It raises the question of whether the reason he saw the UK PM first was in order to promote his business interests and seek unconstitutional emoluments (that is, benefits) from foreign lands. It is unsavory on its face, and it is an illustration of how his decisions will be clouded by the constant overhang of his conflicts.
Putting our legacy litigation issues behind us, including those relating to RMBS (residential mortgage-backed securities), remains a key part of our strategy. It is our priority to seek the best outcome for our shareholders, customers and employees.
I think I am a people person, and I think you are also, Theresa. The special relationship between our two countries has been one of the great forces for justice and for peace, and by the way, my mother was born in Scotland. If we can have a great relationship with Russia, with China, with all countries, I'm for that. No guarantees, but if we can, that would be positive.
We can't see any conceivable basis on which the defendants are entitled to have information about the ATE position. Still less do we think there is any proper basis for an application for security for costs to be made in this case.
The decisions we make about Scotland's energy future are among the most important choices we face as a society. Safe, reliable and affordable energy underpins the continued growth of the Scottish economy, and safeguards the delivery of key services upon which individuals and communities depend.
It "sends a strong message to business and industry, both here and globally, that Scotland plans to build on its amazing progress on renewable electricity in the heat and transport sectors. A transformation in how we heat our homes and offices, how we travel to work and school, and how we power our industries will generate many social and economic benefits. Research shows that generating half of our energy from renewables by 2030 is both necessary and achievable.
Is Scotland content for our future to be dictated by an increasingly right-wing Westminster Government, or is it better that we take our future in to our own hands. It is becoming ever clearer that this is a choice Scotland must take. It is now crystal clear that the promises made to Scotland by the U.K. Government about the Sewel Convention and the importance of embedding it in statute were not worth paper they were written on.
The Prime Minister and her hard Brexit brigade must treat devolved administrations as equal partners - as indeed she promised to do.
The figures for 2016 tell us two things. Firstly, that we can expect more of these super frauds as challenging economic circumstances place pressures on businesses and individuals and as technology becomes more sophisticated. Secondly, that this is going to put even more strain on law enforcement agencies who don't have the resources to investigate every report of fraud that they receive: getting the large, often cross-border and complex frauds to court is extremely time consuming and resource intensive.
This places much more emphasis on businesses and consumers to protect themselves from fraudsters who will take advantage given the opportunity. Through the rapid rise of technology and online platforms, more people than ever are being targeted by fraudsters who have unrestricted access to a larger pool of victims. However, we are also seeing the internet being used by consumers who are being tempted to obtain goods and services that they have, or perhaps should have, a fair idea are not legitimate.
If the U.K. government rejects Nicola Sturgeon's compromise plan ... then I think an independence referendum will be very likely. And I think in that context, within that two-year period, then I think the Yes side this time would win it.
The EU as a whole, especially issues like free movement, has always been very positive and I think a lot of Scots think that way. If Scotland was able to be independent and stay in the EU I could be persuaded.
As regards independence I am still a 'N.
The worst thing I can think of is Nicola Sturgeon using this as an excuse. I want Scotland to remain part of the UK.
Although a majority of those who voted against independence voted to remain in the EU, they're not necessarily committed to the EU to the same extent as they are to the UK.
I really dislike referendums. It became a very aggressive thing, people wanting to rip signs down and such. No one wants that again.
The actual logistics of independence are now worse than ever given that Scotland's economic situation is now worse.
If Scotland did leave (the UK), I think it would be far worse, economically, than Brexit.
My allegiance is to the UK not to the EU.
I voted for Scottish independence and I voted to leave the EU. But I'm not sure independence is such a good idea any more.
I think we got promised too much and it's not going to be delivered -- a stronger economy, money from oil. I don't think we could cope just now and there isn't enough confidence. And I think Brexit will make that feeling worse.
We really do love 'Game of Thrones,' and wanted to attract genuine fans like ourselves. We spent a lot of time on research, sourced the swords and armor from The Knight's Vault (an armorer in Edinburgh) and our bone mugs are made by Abbeyhorn, the official suppliers to the TV series.
While discussions on those proposals continue, and while the Prime Minister [Tuesday] reiterated her pledge to give our plan proper consideration, we have not yet seen evidence that Scotland's voice is being listened to or our interests taken into account.
The UK government cannot be allowed to take us out of the EU and the single market, regardless of the impact on our economy, jobs, living standards and our reputation as an open, tolerant country, without Scotland having the ability to choose between that and a different future. With [May's] comments today, the prime minister has only succeeded in making that choice more likely.
[The] Scottish National Party should have the good grace to accept that many of its own demands – including the protection of workers' rights, and the protection of rights for the EU citizens in Britain and cross-border cooperation on tackling crime – have been recognised by the UK government.
The UK government cannot be allowed to take us out of the EU and the single market, regardless of the impact on our economy, jobs, living standards and our reputation as an open, tolerant country, without Scotland having the ability to choose between that and a different future. With her comments today, the Prime Minister has only succeeded in making that choice more likely.
I think it's wrong to look at this as just a binary issue, as to either you have control of immigration, or you have a good trade deal. I don't see it a as a binary issue. We will, outside the European Union, be able to have control of immigration, and be able to set our rules for people coming to the UK from member states of the European Union. But we also, as part of that Brexit deal, will be working to get the best possible deal in the trading relationship with the European Union.
They (UK government) will be making a big mistake if they think that I am in any way bluffing because if it comes to the point, you know, two years after Scotland had been told in the independence referendum, Scotland don't leave the UK, lead the UK. Here we are, we voted to stay in the EU, we were told that voting 'No' (in the Scottish independence referendum) was the only way we could stay in the EU, and we now face being taken out of the EU. Now that creates a much more fundamental question for Scotland.
Don't disregard Scotland. I don't feel as if I know any more about her negotiating objectives today than I did six months ago, and probably what's more worrying than that, I'm not sure she knows more about her negotiating objectives than she did back then as well.
I've been willing, and am willing, to put aside my preferred option of independence in the EU to see if we can explore a consensus and compromise option. I'm never going to stop arguing for independence. I think Scotland will become independent and I think that's the direction of travel.
As far as single-payer, it works in Canada. It works incredibly well in Scotland. It could have worked in a different age, which is the age you're talking about here.
We are working to safeguard the opportunities that so many people in Scotland now take for granted. We are determined that Scotland's vote to remain in the European Union will be respected - and that people in Scotland retain as many of the benefits of EU membership as possible, including the freedom to work, travel and study in other member states.
Sterling has been under pressure because of these issues with the potential Scottish referendum, after (Sturgeon) set out red lines on Brexit scenarios and talked about continued access to the single market.
I don't feel (the move) is on anything fundamental. It is much more a function of the stregnthening dollar and some adjustments by traders to their positions towards the year-end.
The option of independence must remain on the table. Brexit is a problem not of Scotland's making.
There has to be a way to effectively square the circle (between the two results). Will this be easy? No … but I believe this is achievable. First and foremost, this is about us trying to convince the UK that these are proposals worthy of being considered.
We believe our practical solutions are reasonable and in the best interests of Scotland – in a context that will be complex and unprecedented whatever the ultimate outcome.
We are determined to maintain Scotland's current position in the European single market.
Our intention now is that these proposals can be discussed and agreed in a UK context and then form part of the UK government's overall negotiating position when Article 50 is triggered.
In line with our commitments to explore all options to protect Scotland's interests, we will set out compromise proposals which, while not conferring the full benefits of EU membership, would mitigate the Brexit damage. At the heart of our plan is a framework to keep Scotland's place in the European Single Market.
That would be a national disaster for Scotland. Brexit presents everyone with an unprecedented challenge, and with political goodwill on all sides and a willingness to cooperate, these proposals can effect a solution for Scotland.
We are seeing the fall in the pound pushing up inflation. That puts pressure on household budgets and companies are re-evaluating their plans. This economic uncertainty makes it all the more important that this budget provides support.
A bill which determined to withdraw the United Kingdom from the European Union would engage the convention because of the effects that it would have with regard to devolved matters.
If we can actually see this now happen and build on it positively and make the words become real action then I endorse it absolutely.
If it leads to a settlement with all the parties I would characterise that with a sense of relief.
We are pleased to have reached this agreement and hope that it will be accepted by the remaining claimant group(s) so that this long course of complex and costly litigation can now be concluded.
We are committed to creating a stronger, simpler and safer bank for our customers and shareholders. We have taken further important steps in 2016 to enhance our capital strength, but we recognise that we have more to do to restore the bank's stress resilience, including resolving outstanding legacy issues.
As part of those developments, we will look at new products and expand in existing markets as well.
RBS is still the weak link in the UK banking chain, almost a decade after the financial crisis came close to wiping the bank out. ... Unlike most of its peers, RBS doesn't have the luxury of a dividend it can cut to support its capital position.
It is going to be very difficult. They have been doing this for a while.
That institution (RBS) has made a lot of progress over the last several years, particularly around its core business franchise. Its challenge is that it still has legacy issues associated with that. There's misconduct costs, there's impaired assets, they're still working through the so-called non-core assets on which they have made progress.
Although this was not 'statistically significant', many other studies have found that runners live longer and suffer less heart disease.
This study must not be misinterpreted as showing that running and football do not protect against heart disease.
Today's announcement signals a very important milestone and is evidence of our strengthening position. Ulster Bank remains very well capitalised with a strong balance sheet.
Arbitrary bans sound appealing as a quick fix, but the problem of affordability cannot be addressed by preventing legitimate businesses from charging for their services. A ban on agent fees may prevent tenants from receiving a bill at the start of the tenancy, but the unavoidable outcome will be... higher rents.
We all have to wait and see what the reality of President Trump is. I'm sure I'm not alone in saying that I hope the reality of president Trump is different the candidate Trump we saw.
There is a sense of the Prime Minister feeling, if she goes one way she will upset some people and, if she goes the other way she will upset other people.
We had every reason to rely on their representations.
Couldn't Fannie and Freddie rely on you to do your job?
The district court excluded all evidence that Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac or any reasonable investor standing in their shoes knew about the underwriting practices at the time.
We're not clear on what they want, exactly how they want it - there is some considerable lack of clarity in the present situation. It's been frustrating but we are entering into those negotiations with good faith and we presume they are too.
I think everything is doable in those circumstances and that's the message we're getting from the other EU members.
We have a sort of negotiating structure established within the U.K. now, a joint ministerial committee of the governments and they are looking at it. But it's not going to be easy, it's not going to be good. Scotland wants to maintain and build on the relationship (with the EU).
The writedowns reflect assumed exit prices in current markets - not provisions for the rest of the year.
You cannot assume that it has been resolved as the client (RBS) did not want to take our comment.
Normally, if you have a trading book position, the desk has the ability to mark those positions, it is within their rights, and no other authority can take away that ability. But that happened at RBS. You do not have another body, certainly not from another region, taking over the ability of a trader to mark their marks.
The success of this first phase is a foundation for the tidal industry to build upon to ensure we develop a new energy sector which can deliver clean, predictable and affordable power from the U.K.'s own abundant resources. When it comes to energy, we think consumers should be asking for the moon, and we know how to harness it.
I think it is damaging if we don't get a transitional deal because I think you will then see banks and financial institutions making decisions on the basis of uncertainty.
I think Phipps had two really good games, I do, against New Zealand then against Wales. But Genia, I think he's been one of our best all season. I just feel that this is a good game for him to play, come back in and get straight into it and then Nick will finish the game.
He's continually making me pick him. He's doing lots of good tight work and also when he needs to carry he's carrying well.
Financial markets are mostly reacting to the economic plans, but there is still an added boost, that if you increase tariffs, mechanically you will have higher imported good prices, which is inflationary.
This may well aid in accelerating the pickup in inflation levels that already appeared underway, and it likely also results in steepening in the yield curve over time. Of course there are several ways in which this infrastructure could be financed, and if done properly it could benefit from the extraordinary financing conditions we have today.
Increased fiscal stimulus which could spur growth and inflation, and funded by tax cuts. That means a huge amount of money and supply. That's what's happening in rates, in a sentence.
This is a very significant move.
The typical indirect buyer was more cautious at today's auction in light of the recent backup in yield and the near term uncertainty associated with the new president.
Let me be clear - I recognise and respect the right of England and Wales to leave the European Union. This is not an attempt to veto that process. But the democratic wishes of the people of Scotland and the national Parliament of Scotland cannot be brushed aside as if they do not matter.
While this is not the outcome I hoped for, it is the verdict of the American people and we must respect it. I congratulate president-elect Trump on winning the election.
I want to ensure the free and trusted flow of important information between all parties involved. So we are asking the devolved administrations to bring us their analysis that will help shape our priorities for the negotiation with the EU, and we will share our latest thinking.
(Carmaker) Nissan has a clearer indication of strategy than the elected governments of Wales, Scotland and Ireland.
The margin for 'remain' in Scotland was 24 points: a far more emphatic and clear result.
I recognise and respect the rights of England and Wales to leave the European Union. This is not an attempt to veto that process, but the democratic wishes of the people of Scotland and the views of the national parliament in Scotland cannot simply be brushed aside as if they don?t matter.
We're already seeing advancements in that area, with several pilot projects underway. The world's first floating wind farm, a 30 MW (megawatts) wind farm in Scotland to be operational by 2017, will be located in water more than 100 meters deep.
We will be asking for their support to try to give the people of England and Scotland what they want. That is to use this match of a way of remembering people who lost their lives in the war. I can understand why they are doing this, but it is nothing more than a mark of respect. It is a personal choice. This is not about making some political point.
David Mundell (said) there would be no special deal for Scotland - but he has been completely undermined by Theresa May's actions over the Nissan deal. It can't be right for the UK government to conclude backroom deals with some specific companies ... while pursuing a course of action that will cost many thousands of Scottish jobs.
I'm not prepared to simply stand back and watch Scotland driven off a hard Brexit cliff edge because the consequences in lost jobs, lost investment and lower living standards are too serious for that.
You don't need a hard border (between England and Scotland), you just have to make sure that people don't have the same entitlements on one soil and on another.
I didn't hit my driver very good. When you come from the links courses we played in Scotland last week, where you need low shots, to here where you need a little more flight on it, sometimes it's difficult to get it right. Sometimes it's like putting glue on your skis, you never know if it's right. That's what it's like with my driver.
In our Programme for Government, I committed to publishing a draft referendum bill. I am determined that Scotland will have the ability to reconsider the question of independence - and to do so before the UK leaves the EU - if that is necessary to protect our country's interests. So I can confirm today that the Independence Referendum Bill will be published for consultation next week.
It's clear that beyond hard-line rhetoric the UK Government has no detailed plan. So the Scottish Government will set out a plan for Scotland. We will seek to make this plan a key element of the UK's Article 50 negotiation.
On the EU, Scotland voted overwhelmingly to remain in Europe and the Tories have no mandate to pursue the hardest of hard Brexits - something which their manifesto pledged would not happen and a promise which they should now be held to. They should also, without any further delay, guarantee the rights of EU citizens living in Scotland and the rest of the UK, and end the disgraceful use of human beings as bargaining chips.
He was doing these all over the world. He was flying to Panama to announce that project. He was flying to Puerto Rico; the golf course in Scotland.
I've been very fortunate, everyone in Europe has been very fortunate, to play under some great captains. McGinley at Gleneagles (Scotland, in 2014) was the best captain that I had ever played under. I had a very special relationship with Paul.
The Royal Bank of Scotland would just be too big for the economy (...) but that's around the plaque and not about where our people (are) because we have a very big business up here in Scotland.
Take account of uncertainty, that's what you're seeing after Brexit. It's uncertainty that slows markets down, make sure the long game is worth it, but that's going to be up to the people of Scotland.
Inevitably, some will suggest that the high-water mark of Scottish independence has now passed, especially as it was thought that leaving the EU might persuade 'No' voters to change their minds and vote against the Union.
Boeing and the Government intend to work together to build a new 100-million-pound ($129 million) P-8A operational support and training base at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland, creating more than 100 new jobs.
I am extremely against it, the treaties are extremely against it and I believe everyone is extremely against it. If the United Kingdom leaves...Scotland leaves.
If the United Kingdom leaves, so does Scotland. Scotland has no competences to negotiate with the EU. The Spanish government rejects any negotiation with anyone other than the United Kingdom.
If the United Kingdom leaves, Scotland leaves.
Since I have been here I've found enormous interest in the referendum result as you would expect and I've also had a sympathetic response to the position Scotland finds itself in, facing the prospect of being taken out of the European Union against out will.
I represent Scotland within this house. And I'm proudly Scottish, I'm also proudly European, and the people of Scotland, along with the people of Northern Ireland and the people of London and lots and lots of people in Wales and England also voted to remain within our family of nations. Scotland did not let you down, please, I beg you, chères collègues, do not let Scotland down now!
While I believe that independence is the best option for Scotland, it is not my starting point in these discussions. My starting point is to protect Scotland's interests and to protect our relationship with the EU.
Scotland spoke clearly for remain and I'm determined Scotland's voice will be heard.
We have no intention whatsoever of seeing Scotland taken out of Europe. We are a European country and we will stay a European country.
I guess silver and gold are still underpriced, especially (as) … there is still the risk of more referendums in the EU. We have some reports saying Scotland might be the next one to leave the U.K. and also (some of the opposition in) France is calling for a referendum.
It might not all happen immediately but this is going to be the most damaging experience for the UK since the end of the second World War and you know, I don't want Scotland to be subject to that damage. (...) Everybody knows I support independence, I'm not starting from a premise that says it's all about independence, it's all about protecting Scotland. But if to protect Scotland we need to consider independence then we absolutely must be in a position to do that.
I think Scotland will have another referendum, it will probably choose to go its own way.
Thank you Scotland! Welcome in EU!
The people of Ireland, Scotland and others have the right to bring themselves out of the tyrannical rule of the monarchy, the so-called Great Britain.
Well I do believe that given the vote that has been taken by English voters effectively dragging ourselves and Scotland out of the European Union, that we do have a right to test opinion.
I want to make it absolutely clear today that I intend to take all possible steps and explore all options to give effect to how people in Scotland voted. In other words, to secure our continuing place in the EU and in the single market in particular (...) There are many people who voted against independence in 2014 who are today reassessing their decision. Indeed, a very large number of them have contacted me already.
Just arrived in Scotland. Place is going wild over the vote. They took their country back, just like we will take America back. No games!
Scotland has delivered a strong, unequivocal vote to remain in the EU, and I welcome that endorsement of our European status. We await the final U.K.-wide result, but Scotland has spoken – and spoken decisively.
"The sensible thing for Scotland to do would never be to leave the European Union,"
Scotland must keep open every option for protecting ourselves from this threat. The Scottish parliament and government must be represented in the negotiations about what comes next. A cross-party plan of action should be sought, so we can defend our rights as EU citizens.
I want a Remain result in every part of the UK and right across the UK, that's what I hope we're celebrating on Friday. Our manifesto though for the Scottish election last month said that if Scotland faced the prospect of being taken out of the EU against our will, having voted to stay in, then of course the Scottish parliament should have the right to propose a second referendum.
The sensible thing for Scotland to do would never be to leave the European Union.
The vote here makes clear that the people of Scotland see their future as part of the European Union… Scotland has spoken – and spoken decisively.
The majority of political analysts say the referendum campaign is influenced by Scotland's own particular concerns. Scotland's prime minister has declared that in the case of Brexit victory Scotland will organise a new vote on its independence, and this time the results could be very different from the one obtained two years ago.
We are very pleased to develop this project in Scotland, in a region with a huge wind resource and an experienced supply chain from oil and gas. Through the hard work of industry and supportive government policies, the UK and Scotland is taking a position at the forefront of developing offshore wind as a competitive new energy source.
Successfully developing floating turbines could enable Scotland to secure even more clean energy from offshore wind in the future.
England have manned the Twickenham barricades in the knowledge that they are facing a Scotland side armed with talent rather than mere rhetoric, fully primed for a tilt at their first victory at the stadium since 1983. Eddie Jones has been prickly and confrontational, attributes that he knows his team must deliver if they are to deal with the stiffest challenge they have faced at the stadium since the Australian took over.
If less than two years later (after the independence referendum) Scotland was to find itself taken out of the European Union against our will, because we had chosen to stay in the United Kingdom, it's not hard to see why that might lead to a growing clamour for a further referendum.
It was hard in Scotland, because it was very cold, it rained a lot. There were one of two days where it wasn't too bad, but it was misery for everybody and they were absolute troopers – they never minded being doused with water and all that.
It's a penalty and that's the way it works. We gave away a try on a charge-down, and an intercept – and that one through the ruck wasn't good. All credit to Scotland, it was a great game and we just had to get through it somehow. We got the job done, we got five tries and we'll enjoy moving on.
People in Scotland are watching quite carefully just now to see how David Cameron's government responds. If it responds well, then the message people will take is that Westminster is responsive, it is adaptable, it can serve Scotland better. If it doesn't then that message will be a very different one.
It only just serves to underline just how vapid and weak most of the other politicians are, because not only can people barely name them, but they're barely known for very much at all. Whether you agree or disagree with Ms Sturgeon, she has created an amazing change in politics, not just in Scotland, but throughout the entire United Kingdom.
Today is a historic day for Scotland. It is our solemn duty in this chamber with the eyes of the country upon us to mark the point when this new parliament assumes it's full powers in the service of the Scottish people.
Any comments by the Queen on the merits of the case would be clearly against the Constitutional Convention. She knows that. She's been around a long time, and I'm certain she wouldn't want to. The Queen has the respect of people in the UK, including Scotland, precisely because she doesn't intervene in political matters.
It will be for the people of Scotland to decide.
Alistair, we'll take the pound because it belongs to Scotland as much as it belongs to England. It's our pound as well as your pound.
In terms of an inquiry I'm not currently minded that we need to have a UK-based inquiry on this, probably for this reason: I don't need an inquiry to tell me what was a bad decision: it was a bad decision, and if you like, the big fact that has changed over a year that makes it an even worse decision is the fact that of course Megrahi is still free at liberty in Libya rather that serving the prison sentence in Scotland as he should be doing.
I'm a proud Scot. I've lived and worked n Scotland all my life but at the end of the day that is not inconsistent with being part of the United Kingdom.
We think in an independent Scotland that business can flourish, it can be successful, and there's a lot more opportunities for small or medium-sized business in Scotland.
We're using Scottish notes and English notes; they mean the same to us. A five-pound Scottish note is five pound sterling. If Scotland goes independent, five pounds could become three pounds sterling or seven pounds sterling. It adds complexity to our pricing and it will add bank charges to our business.
This is a referendum that must be built in Scotland and run for the people of Scotland. I think the prime minister had better understand that Scottish politics is about a positive vision for the future, it's about people not prestige.
I made it to London and I was successful in London but I think maybe people don't realise how much that took out of me, and so to try to go on for another year is I think going to be too much and one year too far for me. And I didn't want to turn up just to wave to the crowd and get the tracksuit, I wanted to be there to try to win a medal for Scotland and because I don't think that I can do that I'd rather just step aside and let someone else take my place.
Scotland now faces two futures – continuing with an outdated political entity that ill-serves the interests of the people of Scotland, a system that will continue to give us governments we didn't vote for. Or independence, where Scotland will get a parliament that is both fully empowered and fully accountable to those whose lives are affected by its actions.
From our side the Scotland Yard investigation does not effect political relations. I can't judge how it looks from the British side. I have already said that a campaign around this case, to make a political sensation out of it, has reached saturation point.
We have built up a bank of equipment that can be used in schools. So what we do is we have a national intranet in Scotland called 'Glow' and every teacher and every pupil is linked up to this. I have a professional community in 'Glow' that teachers can join and then they can access our 'Get game gear here' section and see what is available and when. And we have four loan periods in a year.
Sooner or later independence is the logical thing, that's what I think, but it is not necessary to follow Catalonia or Scotland. I think that we have been asking it for long time and it has been shown that the Basque Country has an identity as a country.
I'm mindful of the fact that when RBS (The Royal Bank of Scotland) needed to be bailed out, membership of the union saved us from economic catastrophe and I worry about whether North Sea Oil can, as we are told by the 'Yes' campaign, sustain and even improve Scotland's standard of living.
People cannot be complacent, though (...) We still need more donations and more support to make sure that people in Scotland say no thanks to separation once and for all.
By residence, marriage, and out of gratitude for what this country has given me, my allegiance is wholly to Scotland.
The IRA has done what we've asked it to do. While issues such as policing remain to be resolved, the door is now open to a final settlement which is why the talks in Scotland next week are so important.
The result of the independence vote really will not affect us. It may increase sales because of the promotion of Scotland, worldwide. I'm sure that my English friends and colleagues will not boycott scotch. Why would you?
The EU is very important for me and I think that Scotland will be better off being alone and being part of the EU, than as a part of the UK. And there's always a danger that we will separate from the EU being part of the UK.
We've got higher gross domestic product per capita than the rest of the UK, this is a wealthy country, the problem is that that wealth doesn't stay here to get best used for the economy, the businesses and the people of Scotland. Independence gives us the opportunity to take control of that.
Hopefully, it won't be too challenging. There have been a few isolated incidents of nastiness, and I'm hearing on social media there have been a few nasty exchanges so far, but let's hope this is just restricted to social media and won't actually turn up on the ground. Last night I was at the Scottish parliament. There was a very happy atmosphere between the Yes and No, so hopefully that will carry on and the reconciliation after this will be easier. In the end, you have a situation where Scotland should be given more powers.
The polls had the Yes and No camps almost neck and neck over the last few days. You have been covering this referendum for months in Scotland. How did the campaigns compare?
Well, early on in the night there was an upset for the Yes campaign when Clackmannanshire County, which was deemed to be a safe place for the Yes vote, voted overwhelmingly No. Across in Glasgow, which had been expected to be a Yes vote, they did confirm that for Alex Salmond. Then later on Dundee also had a huge result, 57% in favour of independence, but across in Edinburgh there was an overwhelming No vote. Those numbers sealed the deal for the No campaign – for Scotland to remain part of the UK.
Just as Scotland will vote separately in the Scottish parliament on their issues of tax, spending and welfare, so too England, as well as Wales and Northern Ireland should be able to vote on these issues. All this must take place, in tandem with and at the same pace as the settlement for Scotland.
The campaign was intense, invigorating, but also at times acrimonious. How divided is Scotland today, and how hard will it be to heal those divisions?
Scotland has indeed been promised more powers by all mainstream parties. What are those powers likely to be?
I think with the subdued atmosphere there isn't a lot of tension, that is evident on the streets at least in the capital. Across social media there have been some more heated exchanges but I think this will die down as the day goes on. I think most people are now just going back home and contemplating what the future means for Scotland now, with the more powers that have been promised by the government.
The yes campaign may have failed this time, but with so many Scots voting to split from the United Kingdom the Westminster elites can no longer ignore their voices. That's why the three main parties will be setting out more proposals to grant Scotland greater autonomy over the coming months.
David has asked me to say this. I'm completely delighted to have a Brit for being the best male – but I am, aren't I Kate? Yes. I think it's a great way to end the day. Thank you very, very much. And Scotland, stay with us.
The bigger risk is if Scotland arrives with lots of demands: if it applies to the EU – we don't want the euro, we don't want to be part of Schengen. That's going to be extremely difficult for Scotland to have all those opt-outs that it has been enjoying as a UK member.
We have started work to establish additional registered companies to operate outside Scotland into which we could transfer parts of our operations if it was necessary to do so.
I think we'll win well because that people prefer a mixture of the distinctiveness, Scottish parliament, more powers and being part of something bigger. I think we are the only people offering Scotland the best of both worlds.
Yes or No? In Scotland, it's the first question everyone asks whether at the pub, at work or at a wedding. Between economics and emotions, the answer has divided the nation down the middle. After two years of campaign, families, friends and colleagues may be happy to take a rest from talking politics.
I went to Scotland to show the idea to Scottish people. They were happy we'd thought about them and asked me, Why Scotland?' They thought it was because of this referendum, when in fact that wasn't the case at all. I only learnt about that later; we had no hidden agenda.
The truth is that this issue will continue to dominate the headlines. I can't take it off the agenda, and in those circumstances it is not possible for me as leader of the Labour Party in Scotland, to put on the agenda the real issues that should dominate.
Well, the slogan of the 1970s and 1980s used to be 'It's Scotland's oil', and clearly there is international precedent for talking about where the sea bed is divided in different ways. It's not as simple as that. There'll be a negotiation, there'll be a discussion and there'll be a settlement between an independent Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom.
My honest view on that is that no currency union makes things difficult for an independent Scotland, but I don't expect that to happen, I think. And if it were to happen, then there are other options around an independent currency and so forth.
We are still independentists, federalists. We want independence everywhere, from Scotland to Catalonia or Crimea to Veneto. With Marine Le Pen we share some battles on immigration, taxes, agriculture, the euro, and the traditional family model. We still are federalists. She has another political vision. We want to create a movement at a European level because Italy cannot fight alone.
This is a huge decision, the most important for 300 years. And after a careful analysis we recognise that the first date that allows to conduct it properly, with all preparations properly made, with all the questions answered for the people of Scotland is the autumn of 2014.
The reason why part of Scotland's resources, I mean Scotland has, well water, incredibly ample supplies of clean, fresh water and a highly successful company which both produces and markets these supplies. That's in contrast, not just to other countries but friends south of the border.
They won't tell us what powers they are talking about. They don't agree between themselves what more powers should come to Scotland and we're already seeing MPs from south of the border saying they'll block any more powers for Scotland.
Vote for the future of this country, vote for economic prosperity, certainly we can build over a period of time. Let's also have a compassionate and just society. Let's make Scotland a country worth having.
Have confidence tomorrow, and have confidence enough to stay with all our friends. We've had no answers, they do not know what they are doing. They are leading us into a trap. Have confidence and say to our friends, for reasons of solidarity, sharing, justice, pride in Scotland, the only answer for Scotland's sake and for Scotland's future is vote 'no.
If people in Scotland want the substantial powers to protect our public services, create jobs, make sure we don't end up with Tory governments we don't vote for, then the only way to guarantee that is to vote yes.
If the parliament can run education, then why can't it run the economy? If it can be trusted to run the health service, then why can't it represent Scotland internationally? If it can be trusted to protect our old people, then why can't we protect the country, and do so without the obscenity of nuclear weapons?
This is a black day for Glasgow and for Scotland. It is also Saint Andrew's Day and it's a day we can take pride and courage in how we respond to adversity and tragedy. And that response from our emergency services and from ordinary citizens has been exemplary.