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What the Scottish people favour, by Duncan Sutherland

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As a matter of interest, on the subject of the lamentable state of Westminster politics, I might as well mention to you that I was presented by chance with a snapshot providing an insight into that as I strolled up Whitehall in the direction of Trafalgar Square in the week when Parliament voted to hold this general election.

On a sunny morning of another day in the decline and fall of the British empire, a diminutive but dapper little man passed me on foot wearing the standard politician’s dark lounge suit and displaying a highly worried frown plus the most shifty demeanour I have ever seen outside a stage play as he made his way to Parliament from Gwydyr House (the Wales Office), which is directly opposite Dover House (the Scotland Office).

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La une du « National » d’aujourd’hui, par Duncan Sutherland

Comme le suggère cette une, le principal message du mouvement indépendantiste écossais à l’électorat écossais pour ces élections anticipées au Royaume-Uni n’est pas tant qu’il serait souhaitable que l’Écosse évite le Brexit, mais qu’elle le fasse pour ne pas subir de dommages économiques catastrophiquement inacceptables, le seul moyen certain d’échapper au Brexit étant de quitter le Royaume-Uni.

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Today’s National front page, by Duncan Sutherland

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As this front page suggests, the Scottish independence movement’s principal UK general-election message to the Scottish electorate is not so much that it would be desirable for Scotland to avoid Brexit as that it is necessary for it to do so in order not to suffer catastrophically unacceptable economic damage, the only certain way to escape Brexit being to leave the UK.

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DES PRISONNIERS POLITIQUES EN ESPAGNE, par François Leclerc

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Loin d’être terminée, la crise catalane va désormais s’exprimer sur trois terrains simultanément : les prétoires, les urnes et la rue. Elle atteint l’Espagne toute entière et acquiert à Bruxelles une dimension européenne qui ne peut plus être niée. La première ministre écossaise Nicola Sturgeon s’est exprimée hier soir sur Twitter : « le désaccord sur le futur de la Catalogne est politique. Il devrait être résolu démocratiquement, pas en emprisonnant les opposants politiques ».

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The Best Laid Schemes (Part 2), by Duncan Sutherland

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As may be readily gathered from the cartoon on the front page of today’s issue of The New European, which is what Brexiteers refer to as a Remoaning rag, the notion of halting the Brexit process appears to be gaining traction, at least among the chattering classes. How realistic might this prospect be, particularly in view of the fact that the talk in Blighty is actually overwhelmingly of softening Brexit rather than abandoning it?

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Where There’s a Will (Part 1), by Duncan Sutherland

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Improbable though it may seem, it happens that Guy Verhofstadt, who is lead Brexit negotiator for the European Parliament, envisaged immediately after the UK EU referendum result that Scotland would be able to hold an independence referendum before Brexit took effect (such as the Scottish First Minister is proposing) so that that country might apply to remain within the EU if that was what its population wanted. Continuer la lecture de Where There’s a Will (Part 1), by Duncan Sutherland

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Back to the Drawing Board, by Duncan Sutherland

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On Sunday evening, when it had been fairly confidently expected that UK Prime Minister Theresa May would be invoking Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon on Tuesday, thus initiating negotiations for the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union yesterday, news suddenly began to trickle in to the effect that there was to be a press conference at the official residence of Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Monday, when an important announcement would be made.

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DU DÉMANTÈLEMENT DE L’EUROPE A SON IMPLOSION, par François Leclerc

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Inexorablement, la crise politique européenne s’approfondit. La liste des partis classés à gauche ou au centre gauche atteints par une fracture interne s’allonge : le Labour britannique et le PSOE l’ont initié, le Parti démocrate italien et Syriza les y rejoignent.

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