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Sturgeon: anti-referendum campaigners 'fear democracy'

On the eve of the anniversary of the Scottish Independence Referendum, Nicola Sturgeon has said those who fervently oppose another referendum "fear democracy":

In every single one of the 24 polls conducted in the last 12 months, support for independence is higher than it was on Referendum Day.

I think we are starting to see quite clearly that the desperation of the Better Together Parties to have a Referendum ruled out indefinitely is not because they respect democracy, it is because on this issue, they increasingly fear democracy.

– Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister


Sturgeon warns of EU referendum backlash

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Nicola Sturgeon has warned there will be strong backlash from voters if Scotland is taken out of Europe against its will.

In a speech in Brussels, the First Minister said leaving should only be possible if all four UK nations agree.

David Cameron says he'll hold a referendum before the end of 2017.

If most Scots vote to stay, and the rest of the UK decides to leave, Nicola Sturgeon says it could spark another drive for independence.

Bluntly, I believe the groundswell of anger among ordinary people in Scotland in these circumstances would produce a clamour for another independence referendum, which may well be unstoppable."

– First Minister Nicola Sturgeon


Cumbria councillor wants devolution for county

Cumbria could be at a disadvantage if Scotland gets further devolved powers. That's according to the Leader of Cumbria County Council.

Stewart Young says he will work to gain more control over decision making if England's regions get further powers in the fall-out from Scotland's independence referendum.

"We would like to see a bit of realisation of the reins and give us a little bit more control of our own affairs and we think we can deliver here in Cumbria for the people of Cumbria."

– Stewart Young Leader, Cumbria County Council

Salmond: Scotland is a 'better nation' after referendum

Alex Salmond says Scotland is a "better nation" as a result of the independence referendum. The First Minister returned to Holyrood today for the first time since Scots voted to stay in the UK last week.

Party leaders all praised the way the debate was carried out across the country. But fighting continues over what new powers will go to the Scottish Parliament. This from our political reporter, Kathryn Samson.

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Alex Salmond returns to Holyrood

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Alex Salmond will return to Holyrood today for the first time since his bid for Scottish independence failed.

Mr Salmond, who has announced his intention to step down as First Minister, is expected to reflect on the independence referendum and put pressure on the victorious unionist parties to deliver on their devolution pledges in a statement to the Scottish Parliament.

Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick will open today's proceedings with "time for reflection", a Holyrood slot normally reserved for spiritual or philosophical contributions from religious or secular figureheads.

Mr Salmond's statement will be followed by two days of debate on the future of Scotland, with Labour leader Johann Lamont, Conservative leader Ruth Davidson and Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie expected to open with responses from the Scottish opposition parties.

Scotland voted against independence by a majority of 55% in the referendum on Thursday.

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