New survey data has revealed just how out of touch the chattering classes are with public opinion on the issue of Scottish independence.
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Fresh doubts over the economic consequences of an independent Scotland have been raised, with a warning that it risks facing “economic dislocation”.
As MSPs return to Holyrood from their Summer break, Alex Salmond is being warned by his own side that he needs to “get a grip” of the independence debate.
Yet another rift has opened up in the pro-independence “Yes Scotland” campaign, this time over the future of the monarchy if Scotland decides to break away from the rest of the UK.
The head of the Better Together campaign has called on those wanting to keep Scotland within the Union to base their case on a positive platform that extols the virtues of membership.
Immediately separating the administration of the welfare system in the event of Scotland opting to become an independent state “would present serious risks to the continuity of payments to people in both Scotland and England”, according to a new report.
David Cameron will today use his speech to the Scottish Conservative Party Conference in Stirling to once again rehearse the arguments in favour of Scotland remaining within the family of the United Kingdom. “There is”, he will say, “simply no challenge we face today where breaking up Britain is the right answer”.
A new survey has found that those aged between 14 and 17 are largely opposed to Scotland becoming independent.
Two of Scotland’s biggest political beasts will be pitched against each other later today in the debate over the country’s future.
Attempting to put in place an economic system without a fully-functioning central bank or convincing currency arrangements to underpin it, or without the knowledge of whether such a system would be compatible with admission to the EU or not, is like a ship setting sail for voyage without the security of its sheet anchor.