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Undiscovered Scotland: Home Page Just a thought… - The Anti Arty Farty Party So there’s a possibility that membership of the EU will, after all, be debated in Westminster and might — I’ll believe it when I see it — be put to a referendum. …which got me thinking (I know, I know). Anyway, Call me Dave has stated that he wants the UK to stay in the EU and the result of any referendum would not be binding on Westminster. Is that true for the Scots? My understanding is that the UK is a Parliamentary Democracy with sovereignty held by the Crown in Parliament — that is, the people are not sovereign. So if the UK holds a referendum on this issue how can they disregard the opinion of voters in Scotland? I don’t know, I’m only asking and perhaps someone out there might elucidate for me. BTW I personally believe that when Scotland does become independent (very soon I hope) that we don’t continue membership of a pointless and expensive political union and seek to be members of EFTA and EEA instead.

David Cameron wants Scotland to remain in UK 3 October 2011Last updated at 17:28 David Cameron says he is a passionate believer in the union David Cameron said he wanted Scotland to stay in the union but accepted the decision was one for its people alone. His comment came in a BBC interview in which he was asked about a future referendum on Scottish independence. The Tory leader said he was a passionate supporter of the UK and he wanted to see Scotland stay inside it. Mr Cameron, who is attending his party's annual conference, also said he would happily work with any one of the four Scots Tory leadership candidates. On the issue of the union, Mr Cameron said it was a decision for the people of Scotland to take. He added: "I want to keep Scotland in the UK. "I think when they [voters] are asked, I do believe they would like to stay in the UK. Continue reading the main story “Start Quote Prime Minister well briefed by advisers. End QuoteFrom twitter - @TimReidBBC Tim ReidWestminster correspondent, BBC Scotland

Scotland and Norway: a special relationship? | Andrew Boyle It always seemed too good to be true. And today it is all too easy to ridicule Alex Salmond for his vision of a far northern "arc of prosperity", flexing from Reykjavik down to Dublin then across Scotland to Oslo: when the Celtic Tiger was flattened on the road like any other poor moggy, Salmond's drive towards independence for Scotland seemed to falter. But only long enough for Salmond to realign his focus. The pinpoint of his gaze is now directed with laser beam concentration on the country he has often described as the ideal model for a modern Scotland. The Scottish market for Norway's gas has become hugely important to Oslo. In the last decade, malt whisky clubs have spread across Norway like a virulent rash, retail sales of single malts doubling in the same period. Part of the answer was supplied last Friday, when Norwegian publishing house Cappelen Damm held a party to launch the first popular study of Shetland, Orkney, and the Hebrides.

Newsnet Scotland Caledonian Mercury: Scottish news, stories and intelligent analysis from Scotland's first truly online newspaper The Scotland you wish to see I sometimes worry about the leftward edge of the Yes Scotland coalition. My own politics are very much at that end of the spectrum, but a few times in recent months – most notably when the SNP changed its policy on NATO – I’ve been concerned about the campaign putting the cart before the horse. Some very angry commentary on the NATO issue appeared to imply that we might as well stay in the Union if an independent Scotland was going to sign up to the Alliance, petulantly throwing away all the other progress that independence would enable like a toddler in a huff. The crucial thing to remember about the referendum is that the “downtrodden masses” are no longer the majority. The great triumph and great evil of Thatcherism, as practiced by both Tory and Labour governments over the last 30 years, was to deliberately and successfully marginalise the poor by bribing those just above them. Robin McAlpine’s “declaration” for the Conference was plainly-spoken, elegant and inspiring.

UK needs Scotland for global influence, says expert Professor Richard Whitman has statted that if Scotland becomes independent, the rest of the UK will lose status in the world Scottish independence: UK needs Scotland for global influence, says expert by Róisín O'Brien A political expert has stated that the UK’s influence in the world may decline if Scotland becomes independent. Richard Whitman, from Kent University, has specifically stated that Scotland leaving the union could have a “profound impact” on the UK’s political standing within the European Union. More Scottish news: The professor of politics and international relations believes the remainder of the UK would “cease to be one of the EU’s big three”. Without Scotland, Professor Whitman says the rest of the UK would drop to fourth place behind Italy in terms of population, with its military prowess being subordinate to France. Other factors to be considered would be the credibility of the UK’s seat on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Independent Scotland in the EU

The story behind Chanel's love affair with Scotland As Chanel prepares to showcase its latest Métiers d'Art collection at Linlithgow Palace in Scotland tonight, discover the luxury brand's love affair with the country. BY Bibby Sowray | 04 December 2012 Kate Moss wearing a Scottish tweed Chanel dress in a shoot for Vogue Italia in 1993. Photo: Arthur Elgor Tonight will see the great and good of the fashion world wrap up warm and head to Linlithgow Palace, just outside the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, to watch Chanel's latest Métiers d'Art show. IN PICTURES: The history of Chanel and Scotland Each year, the special show - which displays the talents of the 10 artisan manufacturers housed under the label's Paraffection umbrella - is presented in an elaborate location; last year it was in Paris' Grand Palais. Chanel, in fact, has a long and storied love affair with the country - a love affair that was indeed born out of a love affair. READ: Chanel's next show will be in Scotland READ: Chanel saves 176 Scottish knitwear jobs

Moridura - - - ©Copyright Peter Curran 2012: The role of negotiation in Scotland’s progress towards independence It rarely surprises a professional negotiator when politicians and media professionals betray their ignorance of the processes of negotiation – after all, professionals in many fields – the law, diplomacy, industry and commerce - where one might expect some level of negotiating skill, or at least a basic understanding of the principles to be a prerequisite of effective performance seem to manage to function with this gaping hole in their skills set. This happens often because they confuse others techniques – persuasion, selling, joint problem solving, debating skills, etc. – with negotiation. When there is some negotiating understanding, it is at the most rudimentary level, a kind of antiques fair bargain hunting haggling. The Scotland, Barroso and the EU debacle is a case in point. A few facts - Scotland is currently an EU member as part of the UK's membership. After a YES vote in 2014, Scotland would still be a member of the EU since it would still be part of the UK. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Scottish Independence: Scotland ‘would face legal woes’ over plan to keep the pound - Top stories Plans by the Scottish Government to keep the pound if Scotland wins independence have come under fire from financial lawyers. • Scotland ‘could not force UK to regulate its currency’. • Scottish Government says keeping pound ‘will preserve the highly integrated UK financial services market’. Solicitors from law firm Brodies say that though there is “probably no legal obstacle” to prevent UK financial regulators monitoring foreign banks, Scotland could not force them to do so. Even a temporary exclusion from the European Union “would make doing business with other member states more complicated”, Brodies’ partner Elena Fry and public law associate Charles Livingstone also said. It is “unlikely” that the EU would “happily agree to an opt-out” of the euro currency for Scotland, the solicitors said in the Christmas issue of insurance business periodical Post. Membership “Unfortunately, there is no precedent to support that argument - it simply hasn’t happened before. Stability