Scottish independence

Scottish independence polls: will Scotland vote to leave the UK?
Nicola Sturgeon is re-elected to position of first minister
In Depth

Scottish independence polls: will Scotland vote to leave the UK?

No. 10 will not grant second referendum before 2024, Gove claims
23 Jun 2021
Should Scottish MPs be given the power to vote down English laws?
Michael Gove arrives at No. 10 Downing Street
Today’s big question

Should Scottish MPs be given the power to vote down English laws?

Major constitutional reform planned in bid to ‘save the union’
16 Jun 2021
The pros and cons of Scottish independence
Scottish independence supporters
Pros and cons

The pros and cons of Scottish independence

Impact on trade could outweigh benefits of increased power over international policy
19 May 2021
Quiz of The Week: 1 - 7 May
Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds vote in London
Quizzes and puzzles

Quiz of The Week: 1 - 7 May

Have you been paying attention to The Week’s news?
7 May 2021
Scottish election results: the repercussions for the future of the UK
Nicola Sturgeon on the campaign trail in Insch
In Depth

Scottish election results: the repercussions for the future of the UK

SNP majority will boost Sturgeon’s calls for second independence referendum
5 May 2021
‘The SNP’s plans promise speculative benefits while ignoring real trade-offs’
Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond present the White Paper for Scottish independence in 2013
Instant Opinion

‘The SNP’s plans promise speculative benefits while ignoring real trade-offs’

Your digest of the best columns, analysis and commentary from the British and international press
31 Mar 2021
Quiz of The Week: 6 - 12 February
Matt Hancock speaks during a virtual press conference at 10 Downing Street
Quizzes and puzzles

Quiz of The Week: 6 - 12 February

Have you been paying attention to The Week’s news?
12 Feb 2021

An open mind on the issues that matter

The Week magazine is simple and clever. Subscribe today and your first 6 issues are completely free.
Could The Spectator’s Salmond court case bring down Sturgeon?
Alex Salmond departs Edinburgh High Court in March 2020
Behind the scenes

Could The Spectator’s Salmond court case bring down Sturgeon?

Pundits believe legal challenge could trigger release of evidence that implicates Scottish first minister
11 Feb 2021
Will the Sturgeon-Salmond split sink Scottish independence?
Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond on the campaign trail in 2015
Today’s big question

Will the Sturgeon-Salmond split sink Scottish independence?

Dispute over sexual harassment allegations could bring down Scotland’s first minister
10 Feb 2021
Should Scots argue for independence based on pandemic response?
Nicola Sturgeon attends a debate at the Scottish Parliament
Getting to grips with . . .

Should Scots argue for independence based on pandemic response?

Boris Johnson heads north of the border as calls for second referendum grow
28 Jan 2021
‘Stop whining, Remainers, and save the UK’
Pro-independence demonstrators in 2014
Instant Opinion

‘Stop whining, Remainers, and save the UK’

26 Jan 2021
Nicola Sturgeon’s plan for ‘illegal’ independence referendum
Nicola Sturgeon attends Scottish Parliament in Holyrood
Behind the scenes

Nicola Sturgeon’s plan for ‘illegal’ independence referendum

Critics slam SNP’s ‘deluded’ pledge to hold new vote without consent of Westminster
25 Jan 2021
Was Johnson right to label Scottish devolution a ‘disaster’?
Nicola Sturgeon welcomes Boris Johnson outside Bute House
In Depth

Was Johnson right to label Scottish devolution a ‘disaster’?

Prime minister’s intervention may betray Conservative fears over the state of the union
19 Nov 2020
Conservatives wargaming to stop Scottish independence
Scottish independence
In Brief

Conservatives wargaming to stop Scottish independence

Leaked memo lays out strategies to resist pressure from Scottish National Party
20 Oct 2020
Shetlanders push for independence from Scotland
Shetland
In Brief

Shetlanders push for independence from Scotland

Islands’ council votes in favour of ‘exploring options’ for achieving ‘financial and political self-determination’
11 Sep 2020
Instant Opinion: Scotland ‘is out of Johnson’s control’
Nicola Sturgeon Boris Johnson
In Depth

Instant Opinion: Scotland ‘is out of Johnson’s control’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Monday 3 August
3 Aug 2020
A year of Boris: how Johnson managed his first 12 months
Boris Johnson
In Depth

A year of Boris: how Johnson managed his first 12 months

From a post-Brexit surge in popularity to the trials of a deadly pandemic
23 Jul 2020
Instant Opinion: Putin ‘wants Scottish independence’
scottish independence
In Depth

Instant Opinion: Putin ‘wants Scottish independence’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Wednesday 22 July
22 Jul 2020
Instant Opinion: is Generation Z ‘turning to the right’?
Boris Johnson
In Depth

Instant Opinion: is Generation Z ‘turning to the right’?

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Wednesday 8 July
8 Jul 2020
Instant Opinion: ‘powerless, rudderless and adrift’ England
Boris Johnson
In Depth

Instant Opinion: ‘powerless, rudderless and adrift’ England

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Monday 6 July
6 Jul 2020
How coronavirus could break up the UK
Nicola Sturgeon, SNP leader
In Depth

How coronavirus could break up the UK

Leading SNP politicians are pushing to accelerate their campaign for Scottish independence
14 May 2020
Instant Opinion: ‘We need Big Brother to beat this virus’
coronavirus.jpg
In Depth

Instant Opinion: ‘We need Big Brother to beat this virus’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Monday 20 April
20 Apr 2020
Alex Salmond cleared of all sexual assault charges
Alex Salmond
In Depth

Alex Salmond cleared of all sexual assault charges

Former first minister of Scotland not guilty of 12 charges, with one charge ‘not proven’
23 Mar 2020
Scotland rejoining EU: what would it take?
European Council President Donald Tusk
In Depth

Scotland rejoining EU: what would it take?

Nicola Sturgeon says independence offers country’s only route back into the bloc in wake of Brexit
3 Feb 2020
What is a ‘federal Britain’?
Keir Starmer
In Depth

What is a ‘federal Britain’?

Labour leadership front-runners Keir Starmer and Rebecca Long-Bailey pushing for more devolution of power
27 Jan 2020
Instant Opinion: ‘The Queen was right to put the Firm first’
harry_meghan.jpg
In Depth

Instant Opinion: ‘The Queen was right to put the Firm first’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Monday 20 January
20 Jan 2020
Instant Opinion: ‘Labour should choose a leader who can win’
Jeremy Corbyn, Labour
In Depth

Instant Opinion: ‘Labour should choose a leader who can win’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Thursday 16 January
16 Jan 2020
Is this the end for Nicola Sturgeon’s IndyRef2 dreams?
Nicola Sturgeon
In Brief

Is this the end for Nicola Sturgeon’s IndyRef2 dreams?

First minister furious as Boris Johnson formally rejects call for a second independence vote
15 Jan 2020
IndyRef2: Nicola Sturgeon maps out collision course
wd-sturgeon_-_neil_hannawpa_poolgetty_images.jpg
In Brief

IndyRef2: Nicola Sturgeon maps out collision course

Scottish first minister wants Holyrood to have final say on granting future independence referendum
20 Dec 2019
What next for Scottish independence?
scottish_independence.jpg
In Depth

What next for Scottish independence?

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon says indyref2 is ‘democratic right’
16 Dec 2019
Alex Salmond accused of sexual assaults on ten women
alexsalmond.jpg
In Depth

Alex Salmond accused of sexual assaults on ten women

Scotland’s former first minister is facing a total of 14 charges involving ten women
21 Nov 2019
GE 2019: Where do the main parties stand on a Scottish vote?
scottish_women.jpg
In Depth

GE 2019: Where do the main parties stand on a Scottish vote?

Boris Johnson makes a ‘cast iron’ pledge on IndyRef2
8 Nov 2019
Instant Opinion: Brexiteers would be ‘stupid’ to reject deal
wd-brexit_young_people_-_oli_scarffafpgetty_images.jpg
In Depth

Instant Opinion: Brexiteers would be ‘stupid’ to reject deal

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Friday 18 October
18 Oct 2019
Queen dragged into Scottish independence debate
wd-scot_ref_-_jeff_j_mitchellgetty_images.jpg
In Brief

Queen dragged into Scottish independence debate

David Cameron reveals he asked monarch’s advisors for help in 2014 just days before referendum
20 Sep 2019
The Week Footer Banner