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Brexit measures will be worth the weight

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On 19 March 2018, Britain and the European Union agreed to a transition period to avoid a “cliff edge” Brexit next year.Buried deep in the text of the transition agreement documentation is a commitment...

Pro EU rally in Edinburgh today

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A pro EU rally marking one year since Article 50 was triggered by the UK Government was held at Holyrood today. It was organised by the European Movement in Scotland.There was a sea of...

Letter from Scotland

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Winter is upon us. Storm Caroline has swept across the north of the Scotland with winds of over 90mph, followed by snow and blizzard conditions.  Schools have been closed in parts of the Highlands...

Davidson and Sturgeon speak out over Brexit talks

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MSP for Edinburgh Central and Leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Ruth Davidson MSP has spoken out against the proposed deal on Brexit which hinged on a special deal for Northern Ireland.  Talks between the...

Russell tells businesses: ‘We need to talk’

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Local businessmen and women have been urged to make their particular concerns about Brexit known to the Scottish Government.Mike Russell, the Minister for UK Negotiations for Scotland’s place in Europe, told delegates to a...

Minister to attend Brexit talk-in

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So, what does Brexit mean to you and your business?Find out at a business breakfast hosted by Midlothian and East Lothian Chamber of Commerce on 30 November from 9am to 11am.Scottish Borders Chambers members...

Brexit update after London meeting

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Following the Joint Ministerial Committee meeting in London earlier today, Mike Russell, Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland's Place in Europe, urged the UK Government to drop their plans for a hard Brexit, give...

Letter from Scotland

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I see them every morning “creeping like a snail unwillingly to school”. They’re back. The new term began this week for Scotland’s 700,000 school pupils. Some are like Shakespeare’s snails, others have “shining morning...

Scottish Government has its say on Brexit issues and EU citizens

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The proposals from the UK Government on safeguarding the position of EU citizens living in Scotland, and Scots living in EU countries, leave many important questions about day-to-day issues unanswered, according to the Minister...

Letter from Scotland

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The grim reaper of Brexit is haunting us here in Scotland.  As negotiations began in Brussels this week, and Britain made her first concessions, there are growing fears that the forecasts of economic doom...

Letter from Scotland

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She’s been sent home to think again…..Theresa May about Brexit, Nicola Sturgeon about a second independence referendum.  And, in a way, we’ve all been forced to think again.  What’s come out of this extraordinary...

Letter from Scotland

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My part in this “historic” week was pretty minor.  But I did stand for a few moments with the pro-EU marchers as they set off for the Scottish Parliament to make the point that...

Letter from Scotland

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Nicola Sturgeon has fired the starting gun on a second Scottish independence referendum.  It’s a huge gamble on her part but she will be cheered to the rafters for it at the SNP’s spring...

Tommy Sheppard holding public meeting on Saturday

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Edinburgh East MP Tommy Sheppard is hosting a public meeting with panellists Professor Nicola McEwan and journalist Simon Pia to explore what happens next for Scotland as the UK prepares to exit the EU.The...

Letter from Scotland

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There was a time when all government was local government.  Your town council organised most of public life, schools, colleges, hospitals, social and welfare services, waste collection, water and drains, trams and buses, police...

Letter from Scotland

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While the rest of the world was worrying about Mr Trump’s wall or what the Appeal Court judges would say about Brexit, I was shivering in a tent at a Scout camp on the...

Letter from Scotland

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We are indeed being chased by demons. Alexander Goudie’s wonderful series of 54 paintings inspired by Burns’ “Tam O’ Shanter” have gone on rare display in South Ayrshire and they capture splendidly the mad...

Letter from Scotland

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In another example of how fragile modern Scotland has become, The Forth Bridge had to be closed on Wednesday morning when a lorry was blown over in high winds and much of central Scotland was...

Letter from Scotland

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So many things have fallen apart this year. …Syria, the Islamic State, the UN, the USA, the EU, the economy, the climate, the earthquake zones of Italy, Japan, Indonesia, New Zealand, the world of...

Letter from Scotland

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  Nicola Sturgeon’s visit to Dublin this week was one of those symbolic pilgrimages politicians need to make from time to time to make a political point.  It was certainly an away-win for her, though...

Letter from Scotland 

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Trust us Celts to have invented Halloween.  It’s said to have grown out of the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, the end of summer, when the wall between the real world and the spirit...

Letter from Scotland

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Will Nicola Sturgeon turn the tide on Brexit ?  She’s certainly trying hard. She’s using this weekend’s SNP conference in Glasgow to call for a grand coalition of all opposition parties and pro-Europe Tories...

Letter from Scotland

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It’s so good to hear from my wildlife friends that they’ve seen 30 or 40 dolphins in the Firth of Forth in recent days.  They describe, with great excitement, how these large and friendly...

Letter from Scotland

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It’s the last weekend of the cultural invasion we call the Edinburgh Festival. The 3,500 shows are taking their last bow and the final firework display is about to light up the sky.  But,...

Letter from Scotland

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On just about the hottest, driest, sunniest day of the summer, Scotland’s 680,000 pupils made their way back to school this week. The long holidays are over - six or seven weeks of glorious...

Growth for Edinburgh’s rental market despite Brexit uncertainty

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One of Edinburgh's largest letting agents, Braemore, has reported a surge in interest from landlords in the weeks following the Brexit vote, suggesting the Edinburgh lettings market is confident despite large-scale political and economic...

Letter from Scotland

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I’ve just come home from a cycling holiday in the North East where we came across Thomas Telford’s remarkable little bridge over the River Spey at Craigellachie. It was built in 1814 and was...

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