Scottish Independence Referendum

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    Scottish leaders’ debates on Twitter: Sturgeon, Davidson, and ‘indyref2’ dominated proceedings

Scottish leaders’ debates on Twitter: Sturgeon, Davidson, and ‘indyref2’ dominated proceedings

As the dust begins to settle on the 2017 General Election campaign, Graeme Baxter, Simon Burnett, John Isaacs, Iain MacLeod, Sarah Pedersen, and Elizabeth Tait reflect upon the Twitter response to the two televised Scottish leaders’ debates held in the lead-up to polling day.

Continuing a longitudinal study that has previously investigated Twitter response to televised debates during the 2014 […]

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    The SNP after GE2017: the biggest party, the biggest vote share, and the biggest losers

The SNP after GE2017: the biggest party, the biggest vote share, and the biggest losers

GE2017 in Scotland has shown that Labour is back in business, and that an SNP majority in 2021 Scottish Parliament elections is unlikely. Yet although a second referendum on independence being out of the picture may simplify Brexit, the change in power dynamics will have broader implications. Jim Gallagher explains.

In politics, winners can often be the losers. That’s just […]

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    Article 50 has been triggered – will the United Kingdom survive?

Article 50 has been triggered – will the United Kingdom survive?

The UK has formally given notice of its intention to leave the European Union by triggering Article 50. Janice Morphet assesses what the process will mean for the United Kingdom, writing that with a second independence referendum looming in Scotland, and a difficult picture emerging in Northern Ireland, the British Prime Minister could be soon be fighting on two […]

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    Scottish national identity: why the question of Europe could actually keep the UK together

Scottish national identity: why the question of Europe could actually keep the UK together

Scotland’s continued membership of and access to the EU is at the forefront of a possible second independence referendum. Together with the political and economic arguments that are often debated, the question of national identity is also worth considering, write Charles Pattie and Ron Johnston. They explain why a majority of Scots could reject independence once more.

When the UK […]