Second Scottish referendum row rumbles on

As the debate heats up, former prime minister Gordon Brown on Saturday waded in with a compromise solution: grant Scotland sweeping new autonomy, such as the power to set sales tax and to sign global treaties.

Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) and First Minister of Scotland, is now pushing for a second Scottish Independence referendum post-Brexit.

However, historical comparisons aside, those under the illusion that Scottish independence in the 21st century is a cause that seeks to embrace the past could not be more wrong.

Theresa May has said that "now is not the time" for a second referendum, but Ms Sturgeon has said she is "up for continued discussion on the matter".

One of the reasons for the recent underperformance of the Scottish economy has been falling oil revenues.

Speaking about the Conservatives, he said: "They've spent centuries perfecting the craft of keeping people down and in their place".

While nationalist ministers and lawmakers are keen to show it's not about resenting the English and shouting down the merits of keeping the United Kingdom intact, attacking the Tories tends to play well in Scotland. I did not vote and will not be voting to separate Scotland from the rest of the UK.

Despite the fact that the Scottish National Party government lost its majority at the last election, they can count upon the six votes of the Green Party, much as they do in the European Parliament.

"I've read far too many headlines saying, "Scotland reacts X, Scotland reacts Y". But there is little enthusiasm in Scotland for independence on these terms.

This will surely place a heavy demand on a newly independent country that has start afresh in establishing credibility with global lenders.

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Theresa May didn't tell Scotland about her plan to trigger Article 50, it has been claimed.

As can be expected, there are political ramifications to the data.

A week ago, we were dealt the apparently shocking news that the leader of the Scottish National Party would like Scotland to be independent, and is willing to take advantage of any situation to make this happen.

However, the country's budget deficit poses a significant hurdle to such an outcome.

The ratings firm had predicted in 2014 that an independent Scotland could be handed a credit rating of Baa, just one notch above sub-investment grade.

According to Eurostat, the general government deficit of the 28 European Union countries is at 2.4%, while for the Eurozone it stands at 2.1%.

"We call for working people to reject nationalism and separatism and to mobilise an anti-austerity, anti-war movement seeking the removal of the Conservatives, Scottish National Party and their Labour and Liberal Democrat allies from power and an end to the rule of the parasitic and unaccountable financial oligarchy they speak for".

Scotland is a country where the dominant political current ensures that the hand of friendship is extended to migrants and refugees, unlike south of the border in England where a xenophobic, nativist, anti-migrant hysteria has taken root to the point where it is now driving the United Kingdom government's path towards a so-called hard Brexit - one that will involve no deal or caveats when it comes to retaining any kind of economic relationship with the EU.

One such yes-leaver is former SNP Deputy Leader Jim Sillars, who now says he would rather abstain than support membership of "an even worse union" and given the seemingly close vote, Sturgeon will need to keep people such as Sillars onboard.

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