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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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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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Economy

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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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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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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Economy

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
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The West Bromwich question

Following the Scottish independence referendum, the ‘West Lothian-West Bromwich problem’ needs an urgent answer, says Simon Wilson. But is there one?
26 Sep 2014
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The West Lothian question – what now?

Since the Scottish referendum, there has been much talk of the 'West Lothian question'. Rosie Jones explains what it is, and what the answers to it mi…
23 Sep 2014
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The Catalonian question

Inspired by the Scottish independence vote, Catalonians are protesting for their right to hold a referendum. Will they get one? Simon Wilson reports.
19 Sep 2014
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Scotland votes ‘Yes’ to a United Kingdom – what’s next?

The union may have held, but Scotland's independence referendum has seriously shaken up British politics. John Stepek looks at what it means for UK in…
19 Sep 2014
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Cameron's 'most colossal misjudgment' on Scotland

The knives are already out for David Cameron as the Scots head to the polls.
18 Sep 2014
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Britain: A different – and riskier – country

The Britain that emerges after the referendum will be a very different one, regardless of how Scotland votes.
18 Sep 2014
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How Westminster could change after a Yes vote

Rosie Jones looks at how a Yes vote would affect Westminster politics, and what the balance of power would be in the remains of the UK.
18 Sep 2014
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Chart of the week: How stocks profited from the union

The union between England and Scotland has been good for business, research has shown.
18 Sep 2014
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However Scotland votes, Britain’s ‘safe haven’ status has been destroyed

Even if Scotland votes No, the outlook for Britain is dire, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Our global reputation as a safe haven has been badly damaged.
17 Sep 2014
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Economy

Only Scotland can destroy the Scottish NHS

Scotland's NHS has nothing to fear from Westminster, says Merryn Somerset Webb. It's already in Scottish hands.
16 Sep 2014
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Economy

After Scotland, who’s next for independence?

It’s not just Scotland where there is strong support for independence. Jan Zeber looks at some of the regions where self-rule could one day be on the …
16 Sep 2014
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Four myths about Scotland’s banks and the financial crisis

There are a lot of ‘nonsensical myths’ doing the rounds about the banking crisis in Scotland. Guest blogger Nick Reid looks at the truth behind four o…
16 Sep 2014
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What to buy if Scotland votes Yes

Anything connected with Scotland will drop in price if voters choose Yes, says Merryn Somerset Webb. That could present investors with a buying opport…
15 Sep 2014
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Independence could be ‘catastrophic’ for Scotland’s house prices

A Yes vote could be very bad for house prices in Scotland, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
15 Sep 2014
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What a Yes vote will mean for my money – and yours

Merryn Somerset Webb explains what a vote for Scottish independence would mean for her finances - and for yours.
15 Sep 2014
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The rise of Scotland’s Yes vote: a backlash against globalisation

The rise of Scotland’s Yes camp is a backlash against globalisation – hugely exacerbated by the financial crisis. It’s a worrying development.
15 Sep 2014
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The explosive consequences of a Yes vote

The futures of David Cameron and Labour leader Ed Miliband hang in the balance. Emily Hohler reports.
12 Sep 2014
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Economy

Scotland vote jolts the markets

The rapid advance of the Yes campaign in the last few days has unsettled investors.
11 Sep 2014
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An abrupt wake-up call on the Scottish referendum

Keeping Scotland's service-based economy going requires certainty, says Merryn Somerset Webb. It won't get that if it votes for independence.
11 Sep 2014
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The money set to flee an independent Scotland

If Scotland votes for independence, expect to see more central bank intervention, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
10 Sep 2014
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How fear of change drives business behaviour

You don't have to change the tax regime to affect people's behaviour, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Often the mere threat of change is enough.
10 Sep 2014
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The rise of nationalism – and the end of civilisation

The EU, globalisation and an unaccountable political elite have combined to create a sense of powerlessness among the electorate. It won’t end well.
10 Sep 2014
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A divided Scotland will be a tough country to get off the ground

With the Scottish independence referendum so close, getting the new country off the ground in the event of a yes vote will be a very tough job indeed.
10 Sep 2014
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Scottish independence would be bad news for British investors – here’s why

With just days left till Scotland votes, the ‘Yes’ campaign is gaining ground. But a vote for independence would be bad for everyone, says John Stepek…
8 Sep 2014
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Why I’m for No in the Scottish referendum

The Scottish don't have to choose between Scotland and England, says Merryn Somerset Webb. With devolution, they can have both.
4 Sep 2014
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Scottish independence: The cost of breaking the union

Could an independent Scotland become the next Singapore, or would a ‘Yes’ vote be an act of national self-harm? Merryn Somerset Webb investigates.
4 Sep 2014
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Economy

Scottish independence: two nonsense assumptions

The Scottish independence debate has thrown up a couple of consensus assumptions that could do with more challenging, says Merryn Somerset Webb.
2 Sep 2014