British prime minister David Cameron speaking in Scotland last night. He said it was “a great day for Scotland and a great day for the United Kingdom”. Photograph: James Glossop/PA Wire

Scotland will get new home rule powers next year, under plans published yesterday by the British government that were immediately attacked as inade(...)

Alex Salmond, first minister of Scotland, is likely to run for the Scottish National Party in next year’s House of Commons elections. Photograph: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Scotland will become independent in his lifetime, Scottish first minister and Scottish National Party leader, Alex Salmond, who steps down from office(...)

UK chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne (centre) has today insisted there will be no currency union with Scotland if it votes in favour of independence. Photograph:  Lynne Cameron/PA Wire.

UK chancellor George Osborne has dismissed the idea of a currency union with an independent Scotland. The comments came as the governme(...)

European Commission president José Manuel Barroso infuriated Scottish nationalists when he told the BBC’s Andrew Marr that Scotland would have to renegotiate EU membership in the event of a vote for independence. Photograph: PA

The tricky issue of secessionism reared its head in Brussels this week as the debate about Scottish independence intensified. European (...)

Police officers at the scene in Lockerbie, Scotland, after a Boeing 747 aeroplane, Pan Am Flight 103, crashed after a mid flight explosion on board on December 21st, 1988. Photograph: PA Wire.

The evil that caused the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 in the skies above Lockerbie “burst through like a postule on the skin”, a commemoration in the (...)

The Scottish Government’s white paper on independence  outlines how it believes a Yes vote in next year’s referendum could pave the way for a new era for the nation. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Scotland’s first minister Alex Salmond is unable to guarantee Scots that they will be able to use sterling as their currency if they vote for independ(...)

 Scottish first minister Alex Salmond presents the White Paper for Scottish independence at the Science Museum, Glasgow, today.  Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

An independent Scotland would keep the British pound, the queen and remain in the European Union but have its own defence force and collect its own ta(...)

Britain’s deputy prime minister Nick Clegg answers  questions at the Liberal Democrat’s autumn conference in Glasgow. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

The Finnieston crane on the banks of the river Clyde was once a vital cog in Glasgow’s industrial heartland. Today, it stands redundant, a memorial to(...)