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Scotland is taxing itself to death

The authorities in Scotland are undermining the economy’s appeal. They had better watch out, says Matthew Lynn.
20 Oct 2019
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How Brexit will save the United Kingdom

Leaving the EU should strengthen the United Kingdom – a multinational union Europe can only aspire to. Alex Carew, a London-based fund manager and eco…
25 Jul 2019
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Will the British public support a “Norwegian solution” for Brexit?

Many experts think that a Norwegian-style deal with the EU would be the least worst version of Brexit. But would the public support that? Matthew Part…
29 Mar 2017
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Betting on politics: A second Scottish referendum

Political betting expert Matthew Partridge weighs up the odds of Scotland holding another referendum on independence.
17 Mar 2017
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Will Brexit lead to Scoxit?

The looming Brexit negotiations has breathed new life into the SNP's bid for Scottish independence. Matthew Partridge reports.
17 Mar 2017
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Economy

The retreat of globalisation

Brexit and the calls for another Scottish independence vote are the signs of globalisation in retreat, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Investors need to ta…
16 Mar 2017
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Brexit: how it is saving the Union

Scots are keen on the EU, but not enough to leave the UK to join it. Given the choice between the UK and the EU, they choose the UK, says Merryn Somer…
30 Nov 2016
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UK Economy

Nicola Sturgeon’s shady Chinese deals give the wrong impression of Scotland

The SNP’s secretive backroom deals with shady Chinese companies do not give the impression that Scotland is a modern, transaparent economy that is ope…
8 Nov 2016

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Scotland wants it all – it isn't going to get it

Nicola Sturgeon has suggested that Scotland could remain part of the EU while still being a part of the UK. That’s not going to happen, says Merryn So…
27 Jun 2016
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Bad government is holding back Scotland’s economy

Low oil prices and the prospect of another independence referendum are damaging Scotland's economy. But there is another problem, says Merryn Somerset…
6 Jun 2016
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Economy

Why Scotland's nationalists should give every “no” voter a kiss

Scotland has dodged a bullet, says Merryn Somerset Webb. The economic case for independence has collapsed into the North Sea with the oil price.
28 Mar 2016
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Tax competition – that would be something to thank the Scots for

No obvious economic good has come from the devolution of powers to the Scottish parliament thus far, says Matthew Lynn. That could change with the int…
14 Feb 2016
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UK Economy

Scottish devolution: a vow fulfilled?

Panicked unionist parties made a “vow” of more devolved powers to voters during Scotland’s independence referendum. A new bill promises to deliver. Wi…
13 Feb 2016
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Don’t be fooled: the EU referendum will be nothing like Scotland’s

Those who compare the Scottish referendum to the EU referendum are wrong. John Stepek explains why.
13 Nov 2015
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The City should woo Scottish banks fleeing the 'perma-frendum'

The uncertainty of yet another independence referendum is bad for Scotland's financial sector, says Matthew Lynn. The City should roll out the welcome…
2 Aug 2015
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The lottery election

Merryn Somerset Webb explains how one couple's lottery win could change British history.
6 May 2015
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Economy

Election 2015: why Scotland could be the biggest issue for investors

No matter who gets into power in May, the question of Scottish independence will continue to cause constitutional turmoil. John Stepek looks at what …
10 Apr 2015
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The myth of uniquely ’Scottish values’

The latest Social Attitudes Survey shows that Scots think the same as the rest of the UK about pretty much everything, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
27 Mar 2015
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UK Economy

The political rise of the Scots

Polls suggest the Scottish Nationalists will hold the balance of power after the general election. Simon Wilson looks at what this will mean for the U…
13 Mar 2015
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Want a nice house in Scotland? The SNP wants it to cost you

The SNP's new stamp duty equivalent for Scotland, appears to have been designed to send a clear message to the well off in Scotland – expect devolutio…
22 Jan 2015
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A warning to Scotland: 'Tax competition' matters

The Scottish government’s first use of a devolved tax was quickly revised, after being undercut by tax competition from the rest of the UK.
21 Jan 2015
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Did the Scottish 'Yes' vote win after all?

The Smith Commission has recommended radical changes to the relationship between Scotland and the UK, but that may not be enough to save the Union. Si…
8 Dec 2014
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More powers for Scotland might be an assumption too far

Politicians on both sides are all assuming Scotland wants more devolved powers. But as Merryn Somerset Webb explains, that's not for sure.
8 Oct 2014