Referendum

  By G.A.Ponsonby and Bob Duncan
 
A split has emerged amongst Unionist parties over the Barroso EU row after Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie denied claiming that an independent Scotland would be forced out of the European Union.
 
Speaking on Newsnight Scotland the Lib Dem MSP appeared to distance himself from Unionist claims that an independent Scotland would be expelled from the EU and forced to re-apply.

  Representatives from across political parties and civic Scotland will be invited to work together with the Scottish Government if there is a yes vote in the 2014 referendum, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said today in a major speech on the case for independence.

If there is a yes vote for independence, Ms Sturgeon said, there would be an inclusive process around the negotiations that follow.

  By a Newsnet reporter

Delegates to the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament’s (SCND) conference in Glasgow this weekend have voted to support a resolution backing the YES campaign for Scottish independence. 

Delegates supported the view that the only way to remove nuclear weapons from Scottish soil is through independence, and that Scottish independence also provides the best opportunity for scrapping the UK’s nuclear capacity.

  By a Newsnet reporter

Giving evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Europe and External Relations Committee, Dr Fabian Zuleeg, Chief Economist of the European Policy Centre, has given a definitive “no” in response to the question of whether an independent Scotland would be forced to join the eurozone. 

Claims that an independent Scotland would be forced to accept the euro have been widely made by the anti-independence parties and media.

  By Lynda Williamson 
 
Labour for Independence held their first conference in Glasgow on Monday night and an audience of around eighty people gathered to hear speeches from former politicians, union leaders, academics and musicians on the need for an all-encompassing Yes campaign.
 
Guests from across the independence movement spelled out their visions for an Independent Scotland at the fledgling group’s first conference at Glasgow Caledonian University.

It’s a great pleasure to be asked to deliver this year’s John P Mackintosh lecture.  Scotland owes an immeasurable  debt of gratitude to John Mackintosh.  He is, rightly seen, in so many ways, as the Father of devolution.

Sadly John never lived to see his dream realised.  He died 21 years before the  Scottish Parliament opened its doors in 1999.  I know he would have been proud to see it.

  By a Newsnet reporter

The Scottish Government will today confirm the wording of the question that will be put to the people of Scotland in the 2014 independence referendum.

According to early media reports, the Scottish electorate will be asked to choose between Yes or No to the question: “Do you agree that Scotland should be an independent country?”