Having a second referendum in the middle of the Brexit negotiations would be very difficult, and it will take time to build the next, very different ‘No’ campaign.
Posts Tagged: Scottish Parliament
Also: Sinn Fein tries to win special status for Ulster (by ignoring London); Daisley exposes the SNP’s one-party Scotland; and more.
Also: May ‘intensifies’ work with devolved leaders on Brexit; Brokenshire attacks one-sided Troubles inquiries; Scottish Labour will ‘never’ back another referendum; and more.
The First Minister has talked her way into a tricky bind over a second independence referendum. Contriving a Holyrood poll could be her least-worst option.
Whether by accident or design, the Government’s appeal has led the Supreme Court to kill off two potential threats to Brexit.
Also: SNP MP referred to prosecutors over mortgage fraud; Wales to get income tax powers; Fallon sparks Cabinet row over inquiry into Troubles veterans; and more.
The Nationalists’ centralising instincts have made us the most centralised country in Europe.
Also: Davies defends Welsh devo-sceptics; Tory peer spearheads bid for gay marriage in Ulster; Davidson attacks SNP’s policy vacuum; and Foster comes out swinging for Brexit.
The Nationalists can only hold their activists back and coalition together for so long, but with no surge in support a second independence referendum is a serious risk.
The Scottish Conservative leader has rebounded from the result and is sticking to the plan: stand up to the SNP and squeeze Labour’s unionist vote.
Christopher Howarth’s Guide to Brexit: Article 50, parliamentary votes, Scotland – and the legalities of leaving
His debut column: answers to key questions.
Also: Corbyn moves to rule out coalition with SNP; Brokenshire embarks on Northern Ireland Brexit tour; Nationalists accused of ‘gagging’ journalists; and more.
Also: SNP to debate new electoral system for Holyrood; North Sea oil workers launch first 24-hour strike in 30 years; and more.
The First Minister’s demands to ‘ratify’ the deal are a sally onto Westminster’s constitutional turf that he would never tolerate if reversed.
When the SNP had a majority they could push through bad laws like this – but now, as a minority administration, they must learn to listen.