Danny Alexander will have to be excluded from independence
negotiations between Edinburgh and London should Scots vote
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Scottish Independence: Westminster to debate section order 30
The House of Commons will later debate legislation which it argues would give Holyrood the legal powers to hold the Scottish Independence referendum in 2014. MPs and Lords are likely to approve the section 30 order after Prime Minister David Cameron and First Minister Alex Salmond signed the historic Edinburgh Agreement last year.
Scottish Independence: Scots members of coalition excluded from post-independence talks
Scottish members of the current Westminster coalition government would have to opt out of any post-referendum discussion if Scots vote for independence in 2014, Scottish Secretary Michael Moore has said. Mr Moore and fellow Liberal Democrat Danny Alexander, the Treasury Minister, as well as Tory Scotland Office minister David Mundell would have to cease from being included in any negotiations following independence.
More Scottish news:
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- Salmond warns Osborne: Westminster austerity won’t cut it for Scotland
- Scotland should “pay for itself”, says senior Tory
- North Sea oil helps Scotland through UK crisis
Snow and ice disrupts travel around Scotland
Scots have continued a battle against snow and ice for a second day, suffering travel problems throughout the north east and some areas of the Scottish Borders. The A90 both North and South of Aberdeen has been described as hazardous, whilst transport has suffered in the city. Aberdeen International Airport cancelling some flights.
Minimum alcohol pricing legal challenge underway
A legal challenge to minimum pricing of alcohol in Scotland will begin today at the Court of Session in Edinburgh. The Scotch Whisky Association and several European wine and spirit firms have filed a petition for Judicial Review arguing that the law passed last may breaches EU trade laws.
Rail workers balloted for strike action
The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union will ballot hundreds of rail signal workers in Scotland over a lengthy argument from signallers in Stirling after two days of strikes failed to influence Network Rail. Scotland’s rail transport could face heavy disruptions if the dispute fails to be resolved.
Experts warn on UK government pension plans
Millions will be forced to work longer into their lives and pay higher National Insurance contributions under the UK government’s plans for a £144-a-week state pension, according to experts. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said in an assessment that the majority would lose out whilst a Labour Party study showed that 39,000 Scottish women in their early sixties will lose up to £1900 a year.
Clegg warns Cameron on EU stance
Nick Clegg has warned Prime Minister David Cameron that creating "a prolonged period of uncertainty” over the UK's part in the European Union could have a “chilling effect” on jobs. The deputy prime minister said that legislation was ready for a referendum if more powers are transformed to Brussels; Mr Cameron will announce future plans for an EU referendum for the UK on Friday.
Thousands of jobs at risk as HMV calls in administrators
Music, DVD and game chain HMV has called in administrators, putting 4,350 jobs at risk after losing business to online retailers. Numerous firms have closed in recent times leaving thousands without work, including camera retailers Jessops and electronics store Comet last year.
Police pay cut of £4,000 approved
Home Secretary Theresa May has approved recommendations made by the Police Arbitration Tribunal to cut the starting salary of constables by £4,000 to £19,000. The Police Federation is “disappointed" by the news after proposals were brought forward last year to rehash police pay, allowances and conditions.
Arrest order of Pakistan PM made
An order to arrest Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has been made by the Pakistani Supreme Court due to connection with a corruption case, Al Jazeera reported. The case relates to purchase contracts of rental power plants made by the federal government at a time when Ashraf was the federal minister for water and power.
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