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  1. September 18, 2014

    Nicola Sturgeon: deputy shines as Salmond’s loyal lieutenant

    Alex Salmond has been the star of the campaign for Scottish independence, but the bruising referendum battle has also given...

  2. September 16, 2014

    Brown asks Scots to back new powers, not ‘chaos’ of separation

    Gordon Brown has made a final appeal to Scots to support the transfer of “extensive new powers” to a Scottish parliament...

  1. September 5, 2014

    Alex Salmond: I won’t resign if Scots vote no

    Alex Salmond has insisted he will not stand down as Scotland’s first minister if the Scots vote No in their referendum on...

  2. September 3, 2014

    Sturgeon hails ‘momentum’ behind Scotland’s ‘Yes’ campaign

    The deputy leader of the Scottish nationalists said the campaign for independence had “extraordinary momentum” in a live...

  3. August 3, 2014

    Ex-RBS chairman George Mathewson plays down Scottish bank fears

    An independent Scotland would be able to use tax and other policy to expand its financial sector, Sir George Mathewson,...

  4. June 16, 2014

    Scottish government unveils constitution proposals

    The Scottish government has unveiled its proposals for an interim written constitution to be used if Scotland votes for...

  5. May 19, 2014

    Nick Clegg to promise Scots more powers

    Scotland will definitely win new powers from London if it rejects independence, Nick Clegg, UK deputy prime minister, has...

  6. April 12, 2014

    Salmond says independence vote is not the same as supporting SNP

    Alex Salmond, Scotland’s first minister, is seeking to widen support for independence by telling voters that a ‘Yes’ vote in...

  7. April 11, 2014

    SNP tries to woo Scottish Labour voters

    The Scottish National party has stepped up efforts to woo Labour voters, saying independence would give them a chance to...

  8. March 24, 2014

    Scots to publish interim constitution before independence vote

    The Scottish government will publish an interim constitution this summer for use if the nation votes to leave the UK in...

  9. February 17, 2014

    Salmond reassures Scots over currency and EU after recent attacks

    Facing the biggest onslaught yet on his campaign for Scottish independence, Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond responded...

  10. Off Message

    February 17, 2014

    No, Salmond did not "rebut" Osborne's arguments

    Alex Salmond’s speech on Monday was billed as a rebuttal to George Osborne’s rejection last week of a formal monetary union...

  11. February 16, 2014

    EU Commission president says Scotland membership not automatic

    Scotland’s independence campaign was dealt a blow when José Manuel Barroso, European Commission president, said it would be...

  12. February 7, 2014

    Scottish nationalists slam Cameron’s appeal for ‘no’ vote

    David Cameron entered the Scottish independence debate on Friday, making his first big speech on the issue in more than six...

  13. February 3, 2014

    Scotland, forever in two minds

    Scottish writers have long been influenced by the idea of duality or the “divided self”: the national psyche as a kind of...

  14. January 16, 2014

    Tories warn Scots on independence

    Scotland could face years outside the EU trying to renegotiate its membership if it decides to become independent after this...

  15. November 26, 2013

    Scotland may pay in pounds for nationalist plan

    At a Scottish National party conference last month, Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s deputy first minister, assured delegates her...

  16. November 26, 2013

    Alex Salmond promises independent Scotland would keep the pound

    Scotland’s government unveiled its long-awaited vision of an independent future with promises of economic growth,...

  17. November 26, 2013

    Independent Scots face £1,000 yearly tax rise, warns Treasury

    Independence could cost Scotland’s taxpayers £1,000 a year each, the UK Treasury has claimed, before Edinburgh launched its...

  18. October 8, 2013

    Scottish government to take over Glasgow Prestwick

    The Scottish government has confirmed it is in talks to take over Glasgow Prestwick airport after talks with potential...

  19. July 11, 2013

    Independent Scotland would face huge pressure over Trident bases

    Of all the policy challenges thrown up by Scotland’s historic independence referendum, few are as acute as the implications...

  20. July 11, 2013

    Scottish government says no place for Trident in independent state

    The Scottish government has said the UK would have to remove Trident nuclear forces from Scotland if the nation votes for...

  21. July 3, 2013

    Scotland to abolish Margaret Thatcher’s ‘right to buy’ scheme

    Scotland is to abolish council house tenants’ “right to buy” their homes, saying it can no longer afford the loss of social...

  22. June 4, 2013

    Politicians and business clash on Scottish independence

    Two of Scotland’s top politicians and the heads of two leading businesses have jousted over the merits and risks of...

  23. February 11, 2013

    No more the SNP’s ‘nippy sweetie’

    Nicola Sturgeon is a politician to watch. Scotland’s 42-year-old deputy first minister is spearheading the Scottish National...

  24. February 3, 2013

    Challenges posed by independent Scotland

    In the elegant surroundings of Edinburgh’s Royal College of Physicians, the UK parliament’s foreign affairs committee last...

  25. December 10, 2012

    Barroso warns Scotland on EU status

    An independent Scotland would have to apply to join the EU and negotiate its terms of entry with other member states, José...

  26. October 28, 2012

    Independent Scotland faces EU application

    Scotland’s hopes of automatically obtaining EU membership if Scots vote for independence from Britain in 2014 could be...

  27. Westminster Blog

    October 25, 2012

    FMQs: Salmond hides behind the ministerial code

    For the first time ever, FT Westminster brings you reaction from First Minister’s Questions, live from Edinburgh. I am here...

  28. October 22, 2012

    Dispute erupts over Scotland spending

    The two sides in the fight over Scottish independence are battling over how much they will be able to spend during the...

  29. May 25, 2012

    Scottish launch Yes campaign

    Campaigners for Scottish independence have launched their campaign for a Yes vote in an eventual referendum, likely to be...

  30. May 4, 2012

    Labour beats off SNP to win Glasgow

    Labour has won back its traditional stronghold of Glasgow, heading off a challenge from the Scottish National party which...

  31. January 9, 2012

    Act of disunion may be more complex than yes or no

    Ministers will on Tuesday offer the devolved Scottish government the chance to hold a legally binding referendum on...

  32. January 9, 2012

    Cameron throws down gauntlet to Scots

    The UK prime minister has challenged Scotland’s first minister to hold a referendum on independence, paving the way for a...

  33. December 9, 2011

    Scotland faces £100m bill for hurricane

    The single day of hurricane-force winds that battered Scotland on Thursday could cost the country’s economy about £100m,...

  34. November 1, 2011

    SNP revives minimum alcohol price

    A bill to set a minimum price for alcohol has been reintroduced by the Scottish government, despite warnings that the...

  35. October 21, 2011

    Salmond to advance independence debate

    Alex Salmond, the first minister, will advance the debate on the Scottish government’s promised independence referendum by...

  36. August 30, 2011

    Brussels poised to oppose measure

    The enthusiasm of Alex Salmond, Scotland’s first minister, for minimum pricing pits him against a more formidable foe than...

  37. August 30, 2011

    Scotland in push for minimum alcohol price

    Scotland’s determination to introduce a minimum selling price for alcohol has set it on collision course with shopkeepers,...

  38. March 13, 2011

    SNP hopes to revive plans on alcohol abuse

    Plans to set a minimum price for alcohol will be revived if the Scottish National party retains power in May’s Holyrood...

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