No guarantees for Scotland not an acceptable outcome

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My article for the Edinburgh Evening News on Brexit and the threat of a second independence referendum. You can read the full article on the Evening News website here.

The last two weeks in parliament have been dominated by the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill, the legislation that will empower the government to trigger Article 50, kick-starting the divorce negotiations with the European Union. That it took a Supreme Court ruling to even get this critical issue to parliament is an affront to our democracy and makes a mockery of the Government’s claims to be “taking back control”.

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I fear another year of gloom for councils

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My Article for the Edinburgh Evening News on the Scottish Government's budget and the decimation of local services. You can read the full article on the Evening News website here.

’Tis the season to be jolly! Unless, that is, you work in local government. Once again, the Scottish Government are poised to slash the funds going to local services. The result: services thousands of people across Edinburgh rely on – including children, the elderly, and some of our most vulnerable citizens – will once again be hit hard.

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We need a new Act of Union

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My Article for LabourList which argues in favour of Kezia Dugdal's proposals for a new Act of Union. You can read the full article on the LabourList website.

Kezia Dugdale’s speech was an important intervention at a critical juncture in the future of the United Kingdom. The Tories’ reckless Brexit gamble has once again placed the UK in peril, and we must act now to save it. In calling for a UK-wide constitutional convention and a new Act of Union, Kezia seeks to preserve all that is best and most admirable in our country, while acknowledging the need to change and adapt to the changed reality of modern, post-Brexit Britain.

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Scotland deserves a real voice

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My Article for Progress which argues Scotland needs to find a middle way between two competing nationalisms determined to rip us out of two different unions, at any cost. You can read the full article on the Progress website.

Earlier this week, Theresa May held her first meeting with the devolved administrations about the approach that will be taken to the Brexit negotiations. The prime minister has promised to take a United Kingdom-wide approach, establishing a new joint ministerial committee sub-committee on Brexit for formal discussions with the devolved nations.

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Brexit was a blow. Don’t let it turn into a disaster

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My Article for the Edinburgh Evening News on Brexit and the prospect of a 2nd Scottish independence referendum. You can read the full article on the Evening News website here.

As the Brexit debate rumbles inexorably on, the Scottish people – through no fault of their own – are in danger of being caught between a rock and a hard place: a Tory government that wants Scotland in the UK and out of the EU, and an SNP government that wants Scotland out of the UK and in the EU.

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GERS statistics a reality check on independence

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My Article for the Edinburgh Evening News on the GERS figures and what they mean for Scottish independence. You can read the full article on the Evening News website here.

On Tuesday, the SNP government published an analysis showing that Brexit could cost Scotland over £11 billion. But they have failed to produce a similar analysis of the economic risks of independence.

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Why we need a funded Brexit Action Plan now

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My article for the Edinburgh Evening News on why we need a Brexit Action Plan. You can read the article on the Evening News website here.

Brexit’. A few years ago, no one would have had any idea what you were talking about. Now it is an established part of the political lexicon that comes with so many unanswered questions for people in Edinburgh.

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We must pause until the Brexit picture gets clearer

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My article for the Edinburgh Evening News on Brexit and what happens next. You can read the article on the Evening News website here

Following the EU referendum result I think the only certainty we currently have is that we are facing a period of uncertainty.

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I know the EU is not perfect, just as I knew the UK was not perfect during the last referendum, but we must Remain

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I wrote for Labour List on some of the myths peddled by the Leave campaign. You can view the full article on Labour List here.

The referendum on our membership of the European Union is a conversation about the UK’s place in the world; about what is best for us economically, socially, and internationally. However, it is also debate about fact and fiction, and our ability to distinguish between the two. One side has dealt in facts; the other has peddled fictions. One side has painted a realistic portrait of the world, and our place in it; the other has invoked myths and legends of a bygone era, a vision as outdated as it is unattainable.

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Being in EU means we cede Sovereignty but we gain much more in return

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I wrote in the Daily Express to make the case for our continued membership of the European Union. You can read the full article here.

After Scotland's referendum decision to remain, I was hoping for a break from high stakes decisions about the future of our country. But here we are again, having to make the argument about why it is best to work together with our neighbours and allies for the betterment of the country.

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