About: Scottish independence

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 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 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.
Elections 09-10-2017

EU failure to respond to plight of the Catalans is shameful

In Catalonia, there appears to be a majority in favour of independence at least as great as the majority in the UK which voted for Brexit. The EU cannot continue to close its eyes to what is happening, writes Sir Graham Watson.
Future EU 05-10-2017

Catalonia’s chief communicator: We will be independent and an EU member

EXCLUSIVE / The EU may be reluctant now but it will inevitably accept to mediate in the separation of Catalonia from Spain and the presence of the new Catalan state within the EU, Joan Maria Piqué told EURACTIV in an interview.
Future EU 15-09-2017

Catalonian independence: Juncker ventures into unchartered waters

Jean-Claude Juncker likely infuriated Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Thursday (14 September) by saying that if Catalonians voted to secede from Spain in next month's referendum, the Commission would respect the outcome.
Brexit 28-06-2017

Scotland shies away from fresh independence vote

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Tuesday (27 June) put a pin in plans for a second independence referendum, after a British general election in which her secessionist party suffered major losses.
Brexit 29-05-2017

Sturgeon: If SNP wins June election, PM May will have to grant independence vote

If the Scottish National Party wins the most seats in Scotland at the 8 June general election, Prime Minister Theresa May's refusal to agree to a second independence referendum will be unsustainable, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said yesterday (28 May).
Economy & Jobs 15-05-2017

Sturgeon: Scotland wants to be EU member, but doesn’t want the euro

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon yesterday (14 May) said she would want Scotland to be a European Union member but not adopt the euro if it ever became independent.
Brexit 28-04-2017

Spain ‘not worried’ about united Ireland joining the EU

Spain will not raise any objections to a statement at the European Council summit tomorrow (29 April) recognising that a united Ireland would be an EU member state, according to an EU diplomatic source with knowledge of Spain's position in the Brexit negotiations.
Elections 20-04-2017

Europhiles see chance of revival in Brexit election

According to analysts, voters could give Europhile politicians a boost in Britain's upcoming election but the effect will be limited and the prospect of a grand alliance to soften Brexit is improbable.
Future EU 29-03-2017

Germany backs Spain’s Catalonia position, Scottish comparison avoided

The German government yesterday (28 March) endorsed Spain's position on Catalonian sovereignty and avoided making any comparisons with Scotland's own push for independence. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Brexit 29-03-2017

May signs Brexit letter with call for UK unity

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday (28 March) signed the historic letter that will launch Brexit, a photo released by her office showed, as she called for unity even as Scotland voted for a new independence referendum.
Future EU 28-03-2017

May holds crisis talks in Scotland on brink of Brexit

British Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday (27 March) urged Scotland not to choose independence, while also fighting a political crisis in Northern Ireland in the frantic final days before she launches Brexit.
Brexit 22-03-2017

Scottish lawmakers to vote on new independence referendum

Scotland's leader Nicola Sturgeon is expected to win a vote in the Scottish parliament today (22 March) in support of a new independence referendum, despite opposition from London.
Future EU 17-03-2017

Spanish think tank: Spain needs to anchor itself in EU’s ‘big four’

Spain has to cement itself among the European Union's 'big four' after the United Kingdom's departure from the bloc, the Elcano Royal Institute's lead analyst told EURACTIV's partner EFE.
Brexit 16-03-2017

May: ‘Now is not the time’ for Scottish independence vote

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday (16 March) rejected a call by the Scottish government for a second referendum on independence before Britain leaves the EU, but did not rule out a vote entirely.
Brexit 15-03-2017

Scotland’s independence debate is now intrinsically tied with Brexit

Scotland's nationalists hope the country’s pro-EU stance will translate into votes for independence. To ensure a European future for an independent Scotland, the next referendum must take place before the UK and the EU drift too far apart, writes Anthony Salamone.
Energy 15-03-2017

Chizhov: Don’t ask me if Russia plans to have an ambassador in Edinburgh

In a wide-ranging interview, Vladimir Chizhov, the Russian ambassador to the EU, spoke to EURACTIV.com about energy relations, sanctions and eastern Ukraine, multi-speed Europe, elections, referendums, covert action, and Donald Trump.
Brexit 15-03-2017

Poll: Euroscepticism in Scotland at record level

Support for Scottish independence is at its highest ever but it might not be the best time for Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to hold a new referendum, a survey by ScotCen's Scottish Social Attitudes said on Wednesday (15 March).
Brexit 14-03-2017

Parliament backs Brexit bill, notification expected by end of March

Parliament gave its approval yesterday (13 March) for Prime Minister Theresa May to start Britain's withdrawal from the European Union, even as Scotland signalled its opposition by announcing plans for a fresh independence vote.
Brexit 14-03-2017

SNP Brexit minister: There is no such thing as a UK ‘single market’

On the day Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced a new referendum on independence, EURACTIV.com quizzed the SNP's Brexit minister in Brussels on whether Scotland could actually rejoin the EU and why pro-independence polls hadn't budged since the Brexit vote in June.
Elections 13-03-2017

Catalonia independence leader banned from public office

The former head of Spain's Catalonia region was barred from public office for two years earlier today (13 March) for staging an informal referendum on independence in 2014 at a time when secessionist leaders are trying to drum up support for a fresh ballot.