Scotland’s future must be Scotland’s choice. The SNP Scottish Government has published a draft Referendum Bill to make it a reality.
The UK Government’s Internal Market Bill represents the biggest threat to devolution that Scotland has seen since this Parliament was re-convened in 1999 after 292 years of adjournment.
The SNP will use this conference to look forward with optimism and passion – continuing to build our case for a brighter, more prosperous Scotland with independence.
In evidence to a Holyrood committee last week, the Electoral Commission agreed that the 2014 question had been “easy to understand, clear, simple and concise and was neutral”.
In Scotland and in the EU, attitudes on independence are changing. We must now rise to the opportunity of being an equal partner in building a more progressive Europe.
Twenty years ago the UK had its own smaller revolution, when the Good Friday Agreement and the establishment of devolution in Scotland and Wales forced change on one of the most constitutionally centralized nations on earth.
Sunday was the third anniversary of the Brexit Referendum. Who on that day could have imagined that things would have got so terribly bad so terribly quickly?
Michael Russell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Government Business and Constitutional Relations, has called for an investigation into reports that EU citizens were unable to vote in the EU Parliament elections.
The possibility that Labour is preparing to sell out Scotland – and the vast majority of its own supporters across Britain – is hovering on the horizon.
Read Michael Russell’s opening #SNP19 speech in full, outlining our vision for Scottish independence and our desire to build a progressive, outward-looking society.
Cancelling elections because you are afraid you – or your friends – will lose them is abhorrent in any democracy. Nonetheless, both the UK Chancellor and the UK Foreign Secretary appear to be more than flirting with the idea of doing away with the impending European elections.
I have been through times when the party was lucky to secure double figures in opinion polls and times when we swept all before us. But I won’t be content until we reach independence – the state which will make Scotland a normal nation once again.
ON this relaxing Sunday morning, spare a thought for the 35 brave souls who make up the SNP group at Westminster and who will shortly be preparing to return there for another week.
This week’s goings-on at Westminster exposed these Tory Brexiteers as a triumvirate of political charlatans – and showed that Scotland’s future is undoubtedly better with independence.
Independence is about making the dreams we have all had of a better, fairer, more equitable country real at last
Independence is about what we can achieve when no longer governed by those mired in backward looking, false exceptionalism. It is about wise stewardship of the great resources that lie all around us, natural and human.
Where I meet diplomats and journalists from other countries they nearly always end up remarking that their admiration for British governance – for debate and dialogue – has been completely destroyed by what they have witnessed in the last two and a half years.
It is a long way from “Lead don’t Leave”, a slogan pretending to be a promise much trumpeted in the first independence referendum, to “Once you’ve hit the iceberg, you’re all on it together”.
This latest Tory fixation has even, no doubt temporarily, overtaken the one they have about Scotland’s journey towards independence.
The reckless, incompetent and self-absorbed Tories that are leading the UK into a complete cluster-bourach are not acting in the national interest.
The UK Government’s approach is all about preserving the Tory Party, and Scotland deserves better.
Michael Russell MSP on the importance of immigration to the Highlands & Islands, and the threat Brexit poses.
The Prime Minister could – and must – rule out a “no deal” by immediately requesting an extension to Article 50. She must bring an end to the chaos and uncertainty.
The fact that Theresa May’s proposed deal already appears dead in the water as a result of the events of recent days should encourage those of us who have long argued for a different, better way out of the impasse.
Brexit for Scotland can only get worse. So we must acknowledge that this deal is unacceptable to Scotland and her citizens.
Read the speech given by Constitutional Relations Secretary Michael Russell at SNP Conference in Glasgow.
Michael Russell has made a statement to the Scottish Parliament on the Scottish Government’s plans to ensure Scotland is prepared for Brexit.
Yesterday’s report from a House of Commons committee is a devastating indictment of the Tory government’s often contemptuous attitude towards devolution.
Read the statement given to the Scottish Parliament by the Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe, Michael Russell MSP.