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    The real SNP ‘peak’ is yet to come – if Conference deals successfully with two key issues

The real SNP ‘peak’ is yet to come – if Conference deals successfully with two key issues

The cleavages created by Labour’s 2017 electoral performance and by Brexit have made the political landscape in Scotland much more challenging for the SNP. But if the party are able to tack successfully into the new political winds, these challenges can be met, writes Sean Swan, making their forthcoming conference on 8-10 October decisive for the party’s future.

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    Why has Brexit failed to boost support for Scottish independence?

Why has Brexit failed to boost support for Scottish independence?

In the immediate aftermath of the UK’s decision to leave the EU, several opinion polls showed a majority of people in Scotland would vote for independence in a hypothetical second referendum. However, as Sean Swan writes, the polling in recent months has shown a consistent majority of respondents opposing independence. He isolates three key reasons why Brexit has not […]

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    Scottish independence and the polls: why Brexit is not a game changer

Scottish independence and the polls: why Brexit is not a game changer

It is easy to assume that Brexit will increase support for an independent Scotland. However looking at recent polls, Sean Swan writes that Scottish support for remaining in the EU does not translate directly into supporting independence as a means of achieving that goal. At the same time, Brexit also appears not to have had a dramatic effect on party […]

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Brexit will not mean an end to Tory divisions on Europe

Divisions within the Conservative Party were one of the key underlying reasons behind David Cameron’s decision to hold a referendum on EU membership. As Sean Swan writes, however, the decision to leave the EU on 23 June is unlikely to put the issue to rest. He argues that even once disagreements over how to implement Brexit have been resolved, […]

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