Fears mount that Australian trade deal will inflict ‘untold damage’ on Scottish farms

Source:: Business for Scotland Fears mount that Australian trade deal will inflict ‘untold damage’ on Scottish farms Organisations and individuals across Scotland’s farming industry have joined forces to warn Boris Johnson of the ”untold damage” a proposed UK trade deal with Australia would inflict. The joint letter to the Prime Minister comes as Scottish Secretary Alister Jack dismissed the fears in a much-derided interview in which he said the deal would offer […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Fears mount that Australian trade deal will inflict ‘untold damage’ on Scottish farms

Morally bankrupt Westminster government ignores resignation calls over illegal contract

Source:: Business for Scotland Morally bankrupt Westminster government ignores resignation calls over illegal contract After being found guilty of  breaking the law over the awarding of Covid contracts the UK government is desperately trying to play down the significance of the scandal. Its response to a high court judge’s ruling seems to involve nothing more than a shrug of the shoulders and an insistence it did nothing much wrong. […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Morally bankrupt Westminster government ignores resignation calls over illegal contract

Westminster can’t trick us into staying in the UK by hiding our history

Source:: Business for Scotland Westminster can’t trick us into staying in the UK by hiding our history It should come as no surprise that the official guide providing information to foreign nationals studying  for the test which would allow them become UK citizens gives Scotland such short shrift. The UK citizenship material certainly has some odd omissions. No mention of the Scottish independence referendum of 2014 among the key political events since […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Westminster can’t trick us into staying in the UK by hiding our history

Scottland’s businesses save thousands more than England’s with rates relief extension

Source:: Business for Scotland Scottland’s businesses save thousands more than England’s with rates relief extension Independent research shows that businesses in Scotland will save thousands of pounds more than those in England because the Scottish government has extended 100% business rates relief for the full year, Research from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) has shown that businesses in Scotland saved £31,840 on average in the financial year 2020/21 and […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Scottland’s businesses save thousands more than England’s with rates relief extension

Royal family ditches political neutrality to support the Union

Source:: Business for Scotland Royal family ditches political neutrality to support the Union Plans to enlist the royal family as standard bearers in Westminster’s so-called battle to save the Union have been ramped up. Reports in a Sunday newspaper confirmed that Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge have been delegated the task, despite the convention which dicatates they keep out of politics. A source close to the […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Royal family ditches political neutrality to support the Union

Westminster’s promised ‘Save the Union’ summit was no more than an empty gesture

Source:: Business for Scotland Westminster’s promised ‘Save the Union’ summit was no more than an empty gesture It was billed as a ‘Save the Union’ summit but yesterday’s delayed virtual meeting of Boris Johnson, Nicola Sturgeon and the leaders of the other devolved administrations was little more than a damp squib. After the meeting the Scottish First Minister said ‘’nothing substantial’’ had emerged from it. That assessment was described as a ‘’fair […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Westminster’s promised ‘Save the Union’ summit was no more than an empty gesture

Scotland’s renewable energy already supports 22,660 jobs

Source:: Business for Scotland Scotland’s renewable energy already supports 22,660 jobs The ability of renewable energy to transform Scotland’s economy is highlighted in a new report. Statistics compiled by the  University of Strathclyde’s Fraser of Allander Institute show that 22,660 jobs are already supported by green energy in Scotland. It’s the first time figures have been published which  show the economic reach of Scotland’s renewable energy […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Scotland’s renewable energy already supports 22,660 jobs

Arch Brexiteer Wetherspoons boss now echoes Scotland’s support for EU immigration

Source:: Business for Scotland Arch Brexiteer Wetherspoons boss now echoes Scotland’s support for EU immigration Scottish politicians arguing that the UK’s post-Brexit immigration laws are unfit for purpose found support today from the unlikeliest of allies … arch Brexiteer Wetherspoons boss Tim Martin. Mr Martin was a key supporter of the campaign to leave Europe with a hard Brexit that included quitting the single market and an end to freedom […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Arch Brexiteer Wetherspoons boss now echoes Scotland’s support for EU immigration

Support for indyref2 spreading outside Scotland

Source:: Business for Scotland Support for indyref2 spreading outside Scotland Support for Scotland’s right to hold a second vote on its independence is spreading outwith the country’s borders. Here are three examples showing that Boris Johnson’s anti-democratic stand against the majority of MSPs elected last month is losing support, even in England. 1: Three of the four candidates nominated so far to become the new […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Support for indyref2 spreading outside Scotland

Transition from oil to renewables about to ‘transform’ Scotland’s energy industry

Source:: Business for Scotland Transition from oil to renewables about to ‘transform’ Scotland’s energy industry Three quarters of contractors working in the oil and gas sector in the Aberdeen area expect to move into renewable energy in the next three to five years. The scale of the expected transition from fossil fuels is revealed in a report published today  by Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce (AGCC). The findings are […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Transition from oil to renewables about to ‘transform’ Scotland’s energy industry

Scotland’s green revolution threatened by huge charges levied by UK’s Ofgem

Source:: Business for Scotland Scotland’s green revolution threatened by huge charges levied by UK’s Ofgem A report published this week shows that UK energy regulators are putting Scotland’s predicted sustainable energy boom at risk by presiding over a system which levies far higher electricity transmission charges on Scotland than exist south of the Border and Europe. The analysis shows that Scotland is charged an average of £6.42 per megawatt hour […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Scotland’s green revolution threatened by huge charges levied by UK’s Ofgem

The Royal Family should remember it has no role in the independence debate

Source:: Business for Scotland The Royal Family should remember it has no role in the independence debate In the past few days it has become obvious that the UK government has enlisted new allies in its fight against Scottish independence … the Royal Family. Prince William’s emotional speech at the Church of Scotland’s General Assembly on Saturday was widely reported in the mainstream media as a bid to save the Union. In […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland The Royal Family should remember it has no role in the independence debate

Railway rebranding another Tory ruse to undermine independence

Source:: Business for Scotland Railway rebranding another Tory ruse to undermine independence Well we can’t say we weren’t warned. For months now Westminster politicians have been planning an attack on devolution to weaken the powers and standing of the Scottish parliament. Now we are seeing that strategy playing out in the rebranding of the rail network, which will be called Great British Rail. Of course the overhaul […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Railway rebranding another Tory ruse to undermine independence

Union chief: ‘betrayal’ of Scottish farmers could boost indy push

Source:: Business for Scotland Union chief: ‘betrayal’ of Scottish farmers could boost indy push If the UK government signs a threatened trade deal with Australia without safeguards for Scottish farmers it would be a ‘’betrayal” which could impact the independence debate. In an interview with Business for Scotland Martin Kennedy, the president of the National Farmers Union Scotland, said the proposed deal could force Scottish farmers out of business. […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Union chief: ‘betrayal’ of Scottish farmers could boost indy push

Scottish farming industry next to be sacrificed for Brexit

Source:: Business for Scotland Scottish farming industry next to be sacrificed for Brexit Scotland’s farming industry is next to be sacrificed for Brexit as the country bears the brunt of the departure from Europe it voted against. Westminster is being warned that a Brexit trade deal with Australia could force Scottish farmers out of business. They would likely be the hardest hit by zero tariff imports of Australian […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Scottish farming industry next to be sacrificed for Brexit