31/01/2020Alasdair ClarkIn an open letter to “European friends and neighbours”, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Scotland was “proud European nation”.  Nicola Sturgeon urges Europe to “leave a light on” for Scotland The UK set to leave the European Union at 11 pmScottish Government ministers urge EU citizens to remain in Scotland  THE FIRST MINISTER has urged […]

‘Words I hoped I’d never write’: Nicola Sturgeon writes to Europe on Brexit day


31/01/2020Alasdair ClarkThe first minister said a referendum in 2020 was her preference, but conceded it may not happen until after the 2021 Scottish Parliament elections No shortcuts to independence, Nicola Sturgeon warnsBrexit day a “pivotal moment” for ScotlandNext referendum could be after 2021 Scottish elections INDEPENDENCE will only be secured through a “legal and legitimate” […]

Nicola Sturgeon: There are no ‘shortcuts’ to #indyref2



30/01/2020Alasdair ClarkCatalan President Quim Torra will call a snap election following the breakdown of the governing coalition over disagreements  Catalan President Quim Torra accuses coalition partners of abandoning the presidencyDivision amongst pro-independence bloc deepened after the ERC said it had “no choice” but to accept Torra’s censure by a Spanish court CATALONIA will face its […]

Catalans face snap election as President Quim Torra calls on independence movement to unify


30/01/2020Alasdair ClarkThe UK officially leaving the European Union tomorrow [31 January] was described as “sad and regrettable” by Mike Russell  Scottish Brexit secretary warns countdown to possible no-deal begins again at moment UK leaves EUNicola Sturgeon to write open letter as part of activities to show Scotland’s willingness to RemainNo trust without “mutual recognition of mandates”, Mike […]

‘#LeaveALightOn’: Scottish Government to signal support for EU to mark Brexit day


30/01/2020Ben WrayBeyond the Noise with David Jamieson is a weekly podcast with CommonSpace journalist David Jamieson, where he gets behind the 24/7 news cycle and gets to the heart of issues, trying to find the substance behind the headlines. IN this week’s podcast, Jamieson speaks to Kirsty Hughes Director Scottish Centre on European Relations on […]

Beyond the Noise: Brexit day and beyond – what does it mean for indy?


30/01/2020DrDalzellEpisode 34 of the Common Weal Policy Podcast You can download the episode directly here. In this episode of the Policy Podcast, Head of Policy & Research Dr Craig Dalzell is joined once again by Ellen Höfer from EU Citizens for an Independent Scotland. Ellen updates us on her efforts to fight for the rights […]

The Common Weal Policy Podcast – Episode #34


29/01/2020Ben WrayHolyrood voted 64 to 54 for right to hold referendum First Minister Nicola Sturgeon calls for respect for right of the Scottish people to “determine the form of government”Opposition claim vote is a display for fractious independence movementFirst Minister to lay out “next steps” for independence campaign on Friday THE Scottish Parliament has voted that […]

Scottish Parliament votes for right to hold referendum on Scottish independence in 2020


29/01/2020SeanBellApplications for a reporter position due on 28 February COMMONSPACE is seeking a news reporter with a good understanding of Scottish and UK politics, an engaging and eloquent writing style, and a commitment to good journalism. Details of the role: £9.30 an hour 30 hours per week. Permanent contract. Closing date for applications: 28 February, […]

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29/01/2020SeanBellFollowing the announcement by the Scottish Government of a new study into the needs of estranged students, Dr Becca Bland, CEO of the charity Stand Alone, explains why further action is needed OVER recent months, the Scottish public has been hearing from some of Scotland’s most vulnerable young people in the media. These are young […]

Becca Bland: Estranged students deserve our attention and support