About: Scotland

Batteries 11-06-2019

Scotland and Wales place hopes in battery power

Scotland and Wales plan to embrace battery power in order to solve their respective clean energy and employment challenges. Scotland will link a 50MW “super battery" to a wind farm, while Wales wants to invest in battery production.
Brexit 11-06-2019

Sturgeon: Hard Brexit makes Scottish independence ‘more urgent’

The scenario of a hard Brexit would "increase the likelihood of Scotland becoming independent," Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview. Her comments come as hard and soft Brexit Conservatives start jockeying for position in the race for the vacant UK prime minister role.
EU Elections 2019 22-05-2019

Change UK sets sights on Britain’s political tribes

If British politics has always had a strong streak of tribalism, Scotland often gives the impression of being a one-party state, with the nationalists now firmly in power. But a pro-EU "Remain Alliance" for the European elections promises to shake things up.
Climate change 30-04-2019

Scotland and Wales declare climate emergencies

The devolved Scottish and Welsh parliaments have separately declared climate emergencies, citing the threats of climate change, just as Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party is expected to push Westminster to do the same for the whole of the UK.
Brexit 23-01-2019

Hard Brexit would threaten Scotch whisky export growth, say producers

Leaving the EU in March without a deal would pose risks to Scotch whisky’s current healthy rates of export growth, the Scotch Whisky Association said on Tuesday (22 January).
Brexit 03-09-2018

Sterling tumbles against the euro as Brexit fears disrupt markets

The British pound has fallen significantly against the euro, amid fears that the progress of the Brexit talks is stalling and may result in an unstable future for the UK.
Brexit 03-09-2018

Brexit: The case for Scottish independence

Britain's exit from the EU could tempt Scots to vote to sever ties with the United Kingdom in a second independence referendum, an opinion poll showed on Sunday (2 September).
Brexit 03-09-2018

Johnson: UK waving ‘white flag’ in Brexit talks

Former foreign secretary and Brexit hardliner Boris Johnson penned a renewed attack on Britain's government Monday, writing in the Daily Telegraph that the UK has "gone into battle with the white flag fluttering over our leading tank."
Brexit 07-08-2018

May to meet Scotland’s Sturgeon after Brexit standoff

Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon accused the British government of "talking-up" a no-deal Brexit, making it more likely the UK will just drop out of the European Union at great cost to the economy.
Brexit 24-05-2018

Minister: Scots still looking for ‘least worst’ Brexit option

“The best option for us is remaining in the European Union,” Scotland’s Culture and External Affairs minister Fiona Hyslop tells EURACTIV. Faced with the reality of Brexit, the Scottish government is “trying to identify the least-worst option,” she explains.
Alcohol 02-05-2018

Scotland rolls out minimum alcohol pricing after years of legal blocks

Scotland on Tuesday (1 May) introduced minimum pricing for alcohol, in what First Minister Nicola Sturgeon hailed as a "bold" and "brave" policy move that has endured years of legal battles.
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Economy & Jobs 11-04-2018

Scotland needs EU freedom of movement to halt falling population

Scotland wants to retain full access to the Single Market and the Customs Union after Brexit at all costs.
Brexit 27-02-2018

UK expects post-Brexit devolution deal but Scotland begs to differ

Britain's government said yesterday (26 February) that it expected to reach an agreement with the United Kingdom's devolved nations on how power will be shared after Brexit, but its latest proposal to unlock a political impasse fell flat in Scotland.
Brexit 12-02-2018

London seeks to break Brexit deadlock over claims of devolution power-grab

Cabinet Office minister David Lidington is expected to unveil new powers for the UK's devolved governments this week, in a bid to break the deadlock between them and Theresa May’s government over an alleged ‘power grab’ by London through its Brexit legislation.
Brexit 23-01-2018

Resigned to Brexit, Scots push case for UK staying in single market

Scotland’s government thinks campaigns to halt Brexit have little chance but believes it can persuade British negotiators to try to stay in the European Union’s single market, a senior Scottish minister said on Monday (22 January).
Brexit 15-01-2018

Sturgeon sees ‘golden’ chance to argue for UK to remain in single market

Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon said on Sunday (14 January) there was a "golden opportunity" to argue for Britain to remain in the European single market after Brexit, as no-one had yet demonstrated the benefit of loosening trade ties with the EU.
Brexit 04-12-2017

Ireland ‘disappointed’ following Theresa May’s Brussels talks

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said he was "surprised and disappointed" on Monday (4 December) after Britain failed to agree to a draft deal with EU leaders on the status of the Irish border after Brexit.
Energy 18-10-2017

World’s first floating wind farm opens off the Scottish coast

The world's first floating wind farm started delivering electricity to the Scottish power grid on Wednesday (18 October), and will utilise an innovative battery storage system to provide power to around 20,000 households. EURACTIV’s partner edie.net reports.
Elections 02-10-2017

Eyes on EU as Catalonia leader threatens independence

Catalonia's leader, Carles Puigdemont, said the region won the right to break away from Spain, with his government claiming on Monday (2 October) that 90% of voters backed independence in a banned referendum marred by violent clashes.
Energy 04-09-2017

Tidal power world record broken off Scottish coast

August was a record-breaking month for Scottish tidal energy, after a power station managed to generate 700 megawatt-hours of electricity. Studies show that tidal power could supply nearly half of Scotland’s power needs.
Air Quality 31-08-2017

Air pollution almost as bad for babies as smoking during pregnancy

Dirty air can lead to women giving birth to smaller babies, according to new research which also warns that exposure to air pollution during pregnancy rivals the damage done by smoking.
Brexit 22-08-2017

Scottish, Welsh government heads aim to stop ‘blatant power grab’ after Brexit

The heads of devolved governments in Scotland and Wales will meet on Tuesday (22 August) to try to set a common strategy to protect parliamentary powers which they say are under threat from Britain's plan to leave the European Union.
Economy & Jobs 17-08-2017

‘You’re not welcome’: Tourismophobia spreads across Europe

From Scotland to Ibiza, critics of mass tourism are growing their ranks. EURACTIV partner Ouest-France reports.
Energy 17-08-2017

Giant floating wind turbines installed off Scottish coast, in world first

The world’s first floating wind farm is taking shape off the coast of Scotland, in waters normally too deep for turbine installation.

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