Claims of 'permanent Conservative rule' after Scottish independence don't stand up to history

"Yes vote 'would consign rest of the UK to permanent Conservative rule'" It's common to hear claims like this about the effect of Scottish independence on future UK elections. The …

Top-up fees, Syria and 42-day detention: life without Scottish MPs

MySociety, the people behind TheyWorkForYou and FixMyStreet, has published analysis which sought to find out which House of Commons votes would have gone differently had Scottish MP's votes not been …

Why we can't predict energy bills after Scottish independence

People in England and Wales could face cheaper energy bills if Scotland votes yes to independence, according to the BBC this morning. Sources from the energy industry told the broadcaster …

Which politicians are most trusted to stand up for Scotland's interests?

Ahead of the main UK party leaders campaigning in Scotland yesterday, Yes Scotland claimed that '49% of voters trusted First Minister trusts (sic) Alex Salmond to act in the best …

What powers does Scotland have now, and what could it get if it votes 'No'?

With days to go and polls showing the Yes and No campaigns for Scottish independence as neck-and neck, this week the pro-union parties have agreed to offer new powers to …

Scotland's EU membership

An independent Scotland would seek to join the European Union, but the two sides of the referendum campaign have disputed the route it would take. One option would see negotiations …

Scotland's international trade under independence

The best available statistics show trade with the rest of the UK currently accounts for 65% of all Scottish 'exports'. This excludes the significant trade in North Sea oil and …

Higher or lower? Scottish energy bills after independence

With the referendum on Scottish independence just over a month away, the UK and Scottish governments have clashed over what will happen to people's energy bills.

Scotland could keep the pound, but probably not in the way it wants

Ahead of the Scottish independence referendum in September, the not-insubstantial matter of which currency Scotland would have remains starkly unresolved. The UK government reiterated its position this weekend. Topping its …

Pensions in an independent Scotland

This article has been updated Both the Scottish and UK governments agree that pension provision for current pensioners (and those reaching pension age before April 2016) wouldn't be affected by …

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