Scotland

Catalan ex-minister Ponsati arrested in Scotland

EDINBURGH, Nov 15 (NNN-AGENCIES) — A former Catalan minister wanted in Spain for rebellion has vowed to fight against extradition after being arrested in Scotland where she is working as a university academic.

Professor Clara Ponsati, 62, was one of five fugitive Catalan officials being sought for trial in Spain after last year’s declaration of independence by leaders of the country’s wealthiest region. If found guilty of “violent rebellion” and misappropriation of funds she could be jailed for up to 30 years.

Thousands march for independence in Scottish capital

EDINBURGH, Oct 6 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Tens of thousands of Scottish independence supporters marched in Edinburgh on Saturday, as calls grow for a fresh vote on Scotland breaking away from the United Kingdom with Brexit scheduled for within weeks.

The demonstrators, many carrying Scottish flags, some wearings kilts and a few playing musical instruments – including bagpipes – set off from Holyrood Park in the heart of the Scottish capital.

Some chanted “What do we want? Independence” as the throng of people made its way up the city’s famous Royal Mile.

Brexit: Boris Johnson’s suspension of the UK Parliament is unlawful: Scotland HC

Scotland’s highest civil court has ruled that British PM Boris Johnson’s suspension of the UK Parliament ahead of Brexit is unlawful. A panel of three judges at the Court of Session found in favour of a cross-party group of politicians who were challenging the prime minister's move.

Five week suspension of Parliament, a process known as proroguing, started on Tuesday. MPs are not scheduled to return to Parliament until 14 October, and UK is due to leave the EU on 31 October.

Scotland's first minister calls for new independence vote before 2021

LONDON, April 24 (Xinhua) -- People in Scotland should be given the chance before 2021 to vote for independence from the United Kingdom, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said in a major speech Wednesday.

Sturgeon made the call in a speech to the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood following the decision by the EU Council to extend Britain's membership of the bloc until October 31.

Scotland's first minister says May's Brexit deal to make Scotland poorer

LONDON, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said in Edinburgh on Tuesday that the Brexit deal agreed by British Prime Minister Theresa May and the EU leaders will make Scotland poorer.

Sturgeon, leader of the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP), published an analysis of the impact of May's deal on the people of Scotland, saying compared to staying in the EU, it will cost every resident of Scotland thousands of dollars.

Trump named European Union his biggest foe

When asked in a TV interview on Sunday to name his “biggest foe globally right now”, US President Donald Trump started European Union (EU), and called the body “very difficult”.

“Well I think we have a lot of foes,” Trump told CBS News at his Turnberry golf resort in Scotland. “I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade. Now you wouldn’t think of the European Union but they’re a foe.”

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