Should an independent Scotland choose to join NATO?

Source:: Business for Scotland Should an independent Scotland choose to join NATO? A key issue during the 2014 referendum campaign was whether an independent Scotland would be allowed to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) or not. Experts believed it would; NATO officials refused to comment. However, the global strategic situation has shifted dramatically since then. The European core powers appear more willing to increase their […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Should an independent Scotland choose to join NATO?

New figures show Scotland is leading the renewable energy revolution

Source:: Business for Scotland New figures show Scotland is leading the renewable energy revolution Scotland has been generating a record-breaking amount of energy from renewable sources in 2019. According to the latest figures from Weather Energy, wind farms in Scotland have produced enough energy to power the equivalent of 4.47 million homes. That is the equivalent to double the number of homes in Scotland, providing further evidence for Scotland’s […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland New figures show Scotland is leading the renewable energy revolution

Holyrood Needs the Powers to Tackle Stagnating Wages and In-Work Poverty

Source:: Business for Scotland Holyrood Needs the Powers to Tackle Stagnating Wages and In-Work Poverty Stagnating wages in the UK are becoming a major problem both for working people and the economy. Wages have not kept up with the rising cost of living. As a result, the majority of working-age adults in poverty (52%) are now from working households. The idea of work as the best route out of poverty […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Holyrood Needs the Powers to Tackle Stagnating Wages and In-Work Poverty

The Question of Naval Shipbuilding and Scottish Independence

Source:: Business for Scotland The Question of Naval Shipbuilding and Scottish Independence Scotland has a very proud tradition in shipbuilding. Historically, shipyards operated in every town linked with the ocean; Dumbarton, Inverclyde, Glasgow and Ayrshire, Dundee, Leith, Aberdeen are some of the more notable ones. Construction projects varied from fishing and naval fleets to ferries and cruise ships, for customers all-around the globe. However, Scotland’s shipbuilding industry […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland The Question of Naval Shipbuilding and Scottish Independence

Scotland’s Citizens’ Assembly plans in brief

Source:: Business for Scotland Scotland’s Citizens’ Assembly plans in brief Last Wednesday, Scottish Constitutional Minister Mike Russell outlined additional details on the Citizens’ Assembly announced in April 2019. In this, he specified a timeline, selection process and remuneration.  The basic idea is for a cross-section of members of the public to listen to evidence and question experts from all sides of the constitutional debate in […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Scotland’s Citizens’ Assembly plans in brief

The Question of Scottish Sovereignty and EU Membership

Source:: Business for Scotland The Question of Scottish Sovereignty and EU Membership Since the 2014 referendum for Scottish independence there has been a lot of talk about Scotland’s relationship with the EU. This has only intensified after the 2016 referendum on EU membership delivered a pro-EU vote in Scotland but an anti-EU vote in England and Wales. Nicola Sturgeon has recently visited Brussels to discuss the possibility […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland The Question of Scottish Sovereignty and EU Membership

Scotland’s NHS outperforms the rest of the UK – here’s why

Source:: Business for Scotland Scotland’s NHS outperforms the rest of the UK – here’s why The past seven years of Conservative government has been one in which “the health service has endured the longest period of austerity in its 70-year history”. The most recent data from 2017 shows that Conservative governments since 2010 have introduced more severe austerity on health spending than any of their predecessors. In fact, health spending […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Scotland’s NHS outperforms the rest of the UK – here’s why

Brexit Disturbs the Foundations of Scotland’s Foreign Direct Investment

Source:: Business for Scotland Brexit Disturbs the Foundations of Scotland’s Foreign Direct Investment Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is important to an economy for a variety of reasons – it is key for economic growth and provides finance for capital investments. In more practical terms it creates jobs, builds new factories, improves skills for the workforce and increases international trade. For these reasons, the Scottish Government and Scottish Development […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Brexit Disturbs the Foundations of Scotland’s Foreign Direct Investment

Scotland in the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Source:: Business for Scotland Scotland in the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution For the past few years we have been witnessing a technological revolution defined by developments in artificial intelligence, automation, robotics, and nanotechnology among others. These technological advancements that have the potential to alter the world economy in a way more radical than anything ever experienced before, have become known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4th […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Scotland in the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Brexit has already cost Scotland £3.4 billion but it also demonstrates the resilience of Scotland’s economy

Source:: Business for Scotland Brexit has already cost Scotland £3.4 billion but it also demonstrates the resilience of Scotland’s economy In the time since the announcement that there was to be a Brexit referendum in early 2016 to the Leave result in June 2016 and the chaotic negotiations that followed, the estimated cost to Scotland’s economy has been £3.4 billion in lost GDP growth. Brexit and Scotland’s Onshore Economy While most forecasts deal in post-Brexit […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Brexit has already cost Scotland £3.4 billion but it also demonstrates the resilience of Scotland’s […]

The economics of climate change are clear – Scotland needs to prioritise the environment

Source:: Business for Scotland The economics of climate change are clear – Scotland needs to prioritise the environment Chancellor Phillip Hammond’s claim that tackling the climate crisis by cutting the UK’s emissions to zero would be too expensive is exactly the narrow-minded economic thinking that people have come to accept in British politics. Increasingly there is a divide between political elites in the UK, who prioritise all-costs growth, and ordinary people, who are […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland The economics of climate change are clear – Scotland needs to prioritise the environment

What Scotland can learn from New Zealand’s Wellbeing Budget

Source:: Business for Scotland What Scotland can learn from New Zealand’s Wellbeing Budget Last Thursday, May 30th, New Zealand’s finance minister Grant Robertson unveiled the much anticipated Wellbeing Budget, giving millions towards mental health services (around £1bn), child wellbeing (£518m) and record investment in measures to tackle family violence (£166m). In this, New Zealand became the first country in the world to structure its budget around citizens’ wellbeing […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland What Scotland can learn from New Zealand’s Wellbeing Budget

US trade deal would rip NHS Scotland from Holyrood’s control

Source:: Business for Scotland US trade deal would rip NHS Scotland from Holyrood’s control In a quite incredible exchange on the Andrew Marr show yesterday, Marr completely missed the massive problem arising from the US Ambassador to the UK’s statement on the NHS.  Having asked if US private sector access to the NHS would need to be part of a post-Brexit trade deal, Marr missed or didn’t understand the […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland US trade deal would rip NHS Scotland from Holyrood’s control

SNP Referendum Bill could lead to surprising endgame on independence

Source:: Business for Scotland SNP Referendum Bill could lead to surprising endgame on independence After ten years in Government, the SNP are sitting on 44% of the vote in Scotland. They have a mandate for an independence referendum from a independence-majority Holyrood and SNP-majority Westminster. As promised they have introduced legislation to allow the Scottish Parliament to hold an independence referendum. The First Minister has said late 2020 would […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland SNP Referendum Bill could lead to surprising endgame on independence

Scotland’s Trade With the EU: Interconnected and at Risk

Source:: Business for Scotland Scotland’s Trade With the EU: Interconnected and at Risk   Brexit and the Scottish economy are opposing forces – while Brexit seeks to reduce economic links with the EU, the Scottish economy is moving in the opposite direction. We can see that the same is true politically in the aftermath of the EU elections, the UK as a whole is still polarised over Brexit and […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Scotland’s Trade With the EU: Interconnected and at Risk