United Kingdom constitution http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/30232/all en Scotland hopes for 2016 independence day http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/scotland-hopes-2016-independence-day <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Scotland would declare independence within a year and a half of a 'yes' vote in next year's referendum, the government said on Tuesday as it revealed its hopes for a transition to a new nation.</p> <p>The proposed Scotland Independence Day would take place on March 2016, followed two months later by a parliamentary vote to elect lawmakers to draw up a written constitution, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/scotland-hopes-2016-independence-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics Politics of the United Kingdom United Kingdom constitution AFP Tue, 05 Feb 2013 12:01:10 +0000 5746287 at http://www.globalpost.com Britain's PM Cameron urges Scotland not to go it alone http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130209/britains-pm-cameron-urges-scotland-not-go-it-alone <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Andrew Osborn</p> <p>LONDON, Feb 10 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron conceded on Sunday that Scotland had what it takes to be an independent nation, but said it currently enjoyed "the best of both worlds", imploring it not to break the United Kingdom apart.</p> <p>Stepping up his government's campaign to hold Britain together ahead of an independence referendum expected next year, Cameron urged Scotland not to sever a union with England that dates back 306 years.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130209/britains-pm-cameron-urges-scotland-not-go-it-alone" target="_blank">read more</a></p> David Cameron Government of the United Kingdom Politics of the United Kingdom United Kingdom constitution Thomson Reuters Sun, 10 Feb 2013 00:30:24 +0000 5751443 at http://www.globalpost.com Britain to Scotland: lose global clout if you exit UK http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130210/britain-scotland-lose-global-clout-if-you-exit-uk <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Andrew Osborn</p> <p>LONDON, Feb 11 (Reuters) - The British government on Monday intensified its campaign to stop Scotland leaving the United Kingdom, publishing a legal opinion suggesting it would forfeit its membership of international bodies such as the European Union if it chose independence.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130210/britain-scotland-lose-global-clout-if-you-exit-uk" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of the United Kingdom Politics Politics of the United Kingdom United Kingdom constitution Thomson Reuters Mon, 11 Feb 2013 00:30:41 +0000 5752189 at http://www.globalpost.com Scotland may have to reapply to UN and EU, says Britain http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/scotland-may-have-reapply-un-and-eu-says-britain <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Scotland may have to reapply for membership of international organisations such as the UN and EU if it votes for independence, according to legal advice published by the British government on Monday.</p> <p>The rest of the United Kingdom would be a "continuing state" with the same status it currently has in international law if Scotland secedes after a 2014 referendum, two experts said in a legal opinion commissioned by London.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/scotland-may-have-reapply-un-and-eu-says-britain" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Celtic nationalism Scottish independence United Kingdom constitution AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 00:31:13 +0000 5752196 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-Scotland "new state" outside EU, UN if splits - Britain http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130211/update-1-scotland-new-state-outside-eu-un-if-splits-britain <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Scotland will hold independence vote next year</p> <p>* British government is campaigning for a no vote</p> <p>* It takes unusual step of publishing legal opinion</p> <p>* Opinion shows Scotland would have to re-apply to EU (Adds economic context, advice on pound from working group)</p> <p>By Andrew Osborn</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130211/update-1-scotland-new-state-outside-eu-un-if-splits-britain" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Government of the United Kingdom Politics Politics of the United Kingdom United Kingdom constitution Thomson Reuters Mon, 11 Feb 2013 11:15:18 +0000 5752473 at http://www.globalpost.com "No logic" to Scotland defence plan - Hammond http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130314/no-logic-scotland-defence-plan-hammond <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LONDON (Reuters) - Defence Secretary Philip Hammond called defence planning for an independent Scotland a "fantasy" on Thursday and said the party supporting the breakaway hadn't done its maths.</p> <p>The Scottish National Party (SNP), which controls Scotland's devolved government and plans to hold a referendum on independence next year, accused Hammond of insulting Scotland.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130314/no-logic-scotland-defence-plan-hammond" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of the United Kingdom Philip Hammond Politics Politics of the United Kingdom United Kingdom constitution Thomson Reuters Thu, 14 Mar 2013 17:15:30 +0000 5783571 at http://www.globalpost.com http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321-39 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Scottish independence referendum set for Sept 18, 2014</p> <p>gj/txw</p> United Kingdom constitution AFP Thu, 21 Mar 2013 14:30:34 +0000 5789967 at http://www.globalpost.com Scotland independence referendum set for September 18, 2014 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130321/scotland-independence-referendum-set-september-18-2014 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Ian Mackenzie</p> <p>EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Scotland will hold an independence referendum on September 18, 2014, to decide if its five million people should end a 300-year-old union and leave the United Kingdom.</p> <p>First Minister Alex Salmond, announcing the date in the Scottish parliament on Thursday, said a break of ties with London would give Scots the chance "to build a better country".</p> <p>Salmond's pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP) won a majority in the Scottish parliament in elections in May 2011.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130321/scotland-independence-referendum-set-september-18-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Government of the United Kingdom Human Interest Politics of the United Kingdom Social Issues United Kingdom constitution Thomson Reuters Thu, 21 Mar 2013 14:45:40 +0000 5789976 at http://www.globalpost.com URGENT ¥¥¥ Scottish independence referendum set for Sept 18, 2014 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321/urgent-scottish-independence-referendum-set-sept-18-2014 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond said on Thursday that Scots will vote in a referendum on whether the country should become independent on September 18, 2014.</p> <p>Announcing the long-awaited date for the ballot, Salmond said it would be the "historic day when the people will decide Scotland's future".</p> <p>gj/txw</p> Government of the United Kingdom Politics of the United Kingdom United Kingdom constitution AFP Thu, 21 Mar 2013 14:46:14 +0000 5789981 at http://www.globalpost.com Scotland sets independence vote for September 2014 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130321/scotland-sets-independence-vote-september-2014 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>London, Mar 21 (EFE).- Scotland's referendum on independence from London will take place Sept. 18., 2014, Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond announced Thursday.</p> <p>It will be "a historic day" as Scots decide their future after three centuries as part of the United Kingdom, he told Scotland's parliament.</p> <p>The ballot will ask voters whether or not Scotland, with its 5 million people, should be an independent country.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130321/scotland-sets-independence-vote-september-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of the United Kingdom Politics of the United Kingdom United Kingdom constitution Agencia EFE Thu, 21 Mar 2013 15:31:17 +0000 5790049 at http://www.globalpost.com Scottish independence referendum set for Sept 18, 2014 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321/scottish-independence-referendum-set-sept-18-2014 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond said on Thursday that Scots will vote on September 18, 2014 in a referendum on whether the country should be independent.</p> <p>Announcing the long-awaited date for the ballot, Salmond said it would be the "historic day when the people will decide Scotland's future".</p> <p>Salmond, whose Scottish National Party (SNP) will campaign hard for a "yes" vote, announced the date to the country's parliament in Edinburgh as the Scottish Independence Referendum Bill was published.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321/scottish-independence-referendum-set-sept-18-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alex Salmond Government of the United Kingdom Politics of the United Kingdom United Kingdom constitution AFP Thu, 21 Mar 2013 16:02:57 +0000 5790082 at http://www.globalpost.com Report backs UK parliament shake-up on English laws http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130325/report-backs-uk-parliament-shake-english-laws <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Laws affecting only England should typically be backed by a majority of English MPs sitting in the British parliament, said a report published Monday that attempts to solve a decades-old conundrum.</p> <p>The McKay Commission was charged by the government with examining the current set-up, whereby Members of Parliament representing seats in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can vote on matters that affect only England and not their constituents.</p> <p>The commission's report acknowledged this was seen as "an anomaly which is unfair to people in England".</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130325/report-backs-uk-parliament-shake-english-laws" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Politics Politics of the United Kingdom United Kingdom constitution AFP Mon, 25 Mar 2013 18:32:14 +0000 5793535 at http://www.globalpost.com Scottish leader: Thatcher spurred independence drive http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130410/scottish-leader-thatcher-spurred-independence-drive <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond on Tuesday suggested that Margaret Thatcher gave a bigger boost to the Scottish independence movement than even Mel Gibson's 1995 film "Braveheart."</p> <p>"I don't think it would be unfair to say her legacy in Scotland was to vastly increase support for a Scottish parliament," Salmond said, in response to a question about the late British prime minister, who died on Monday.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130410/scottish-leader-thatcher-spurred-independence-drive" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of the United Kingdom Politics of the United Kingdom United Kingdom constitution AFP Wed, 10 Apr 2013 17:15:56 +0000 5809196 at http://www.globalpost.com Scottish leader: Thatcher spurred independence drive http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130410/scottish-leader-thatcher-spurred-independence-drive-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond on Wednesday suggested that Margaret Thatcher gave a bigger boost to the Scottish independence movement than even Mel Gibson's 1995 film "Braveheart."</p> <p>"I don't think it would be unfair to say her legacy in Scotland was to vastly increase support for a Scottish parliament," Salmond said, in response to a question about the late British prime minister, who died on Monday.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130410/scottish-leader-thatcher-spurred-independence-drive-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of the United Kingdom Politics of the United Kingdom United Kingdom constitution AFP Wed, 10 Apr 2013 18:16:11 +0000 5809383 at http://www.globalpost.com Independent Scotland would face currency problem - Osborne http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130420/independent-scotland-would-face-currency-problem-osborne <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LONDON (Reuters) - Chancellor George Osborne said on Sunday it would not be straightforward for an independent Scotland to keep the pound as its currency, as proposed by those campaigning for the country to break away from the United Kingdom next year.</p> <p>The nation of five million will hold an independence referendum on September 18, 2014, at the instigation of the Scottish National Party (SNP), which runs the country's devolved government.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130420/independent-scotland-would-face-currency-problem-osborne" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of the United Kingdom Politics of the United Kingdom United Kingdom constitution Thomson Reuters Sat, 20 Apr 2013 23:30:04 +0000 5821299 at http://www.globalpost.com