Scotland’s Brexit secretary Michael Russell:  did not expect “much clarity” from the British government on the final Brexit deal. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Britain’s exit from the European Union could lead to a loss of 8.5 per cent in GDP in Scotland within 12 years, or the equivalent of £2,300 per indivi(...)

First minister Nicola Sturgeon insisted that the Scottish government “remains committed strongly to the principle of giving Scotland a choice at the end of this process”. Photograph: Andrew Cowan/PA Wire

Scotland’s devolved government has shelved its immediate plans to hold a second independence referendum until after the terms of Britain’s exit from t(...)

The SNP’s deputy leader, Angus Robertson, campaigning in Elgin, Moray, Scotland. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

The Clock Tower in Dufftown is stuck at two minutes past three. Below, sitting on a bench, pensioner David MacPherson laments the fact that the counci(...)

Women’s Rights groups say that labelling abuse within a relationship as a distinct crime would send a message to society the issue is being taken seriously. Photograph: iStock

Forthcoming domestic violence legislation will not make abuse of a partner or spouse a specific offence, it has been confirmed. In 2014, a cross-part(...)

British PM Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street before heading to the Houses of Parliament to attend the weekly prime minister’s questions  in central London. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Theresa May has promised to take a constructive approach to Brexit talks as she set out her negotiating stance in a letter to European Council presid(...)

The Scottish parliament  passed a motion that approves the plan of Scottish First Minister Sturgeon to negotiate on a second independence referendum.  Photograph: ROBERT PERRY

The Scottish Parliament has backed Nicola Sturgeon’s call for a second independence referendum, with 69 votes in favour and 59 against. But Theresa Ma(...)

British prime minster Theresa May: She said she would never allow the UK “to become looser and weaker, or our people to drift apart”.   Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

In Glasgow on Monday, Theresa May gave what sounded like a robust defence of the United Kingdom, declaring that, when England, Scotland, Wales and Nor(...)

British prime minister Theresa May and  Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon in July 2016.  The Scottish parliament will on Tuesday begin debating a motion calling for a second referendum on independence to be held between autumn 2018 and spring 2019. Photograph: Lesley Martin/AFP/Getty Images

Theresa May has promised to listen to the views of citizens in every part of the United Kingdom before she triggers article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty o(...)

Scotland’s first minister and leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) Nicola Sturgeon. Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon will on Saturday offer to discuss with Theresa May “within reason” the timing of a second referendum on Scot(...)

Nicola Sturgeon: The Scottish first minister said her  government has a “cast-iron democratic mandate to offer people a choice, and that mandate must be fulfilled”. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Theresa May has made it clear that she will block a second Scottish independence referendum before Britain leaves the European Union, and her governme(...)

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