In Glasgow at the SNP conference Nicola Sturgeon announced that a new Independence Referendum Bill will be published next week. The MSP insisted this was not a sudden and that Scotland cannot be forced from the EU in such a way as the EU referendum demands.

“The prime minister may have a mandate to take England and Wales out of the EU but she has no mandate whatsoever to remove any part of the UK from the single market.” She said in an interview with the BBC.”

Over 300,000 jobs hang in the balance, as well as the future of the NHS, the cost of higher education, and closer to home, the £43 million investment by European Social Fund; part of this fund was earmarked for Fife council especially, for the creation of jobs.

Support for Independence - long-term trend
Support for Independence – long-term trend

Support for independence appears to have steadily increased for the last 35 years. It is important to note the above graph stops before the EU referendum results were announced.

For now the aim is two-fold: ensure that there will not be a hard exit from the EU and that Scotland, at least, remains part of the single market. There are risks to this. Despite the SNP holding numerous seats in Westminster there is a tonal change taking place heralded by Theresa May as a way to re-embrace British nationalism. The PM addressed the loss of jobs as a common frustration, saying that working families suffered the most.

“If you’re one of those people who lost their job, who stayed in work but on reduced hours, took a pay cut as household bills rocketed, or – and I know a lot of people don’t like to admit this – someone who finds themselves out of work or on lower wages because of low-skilled immigration, life simply doesn’t seem fair.”

While the Conservative party has moved away from the listing of foreign works, Home Sectary Amber Rudd insisted prior to the reversal that these type of lists would “nudge [UK companies] into better behaviour.” Wage depression can be tracked quite easily; the data shows that the decline was effected more by the economic depression and subsequent political actions then a labour surplus.

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