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14 09, 2018

Poll: Tories would lose Scotland seat gains in snap Brexit vote

By | September 14th, 2018|Media Coverage|

By Scott MacNab, The Scotsman, 5th September 2018 The Tories could see last year’s general election gains in Scotland reversed if a snap vote was held on the Prime Minister’s Chequers deal on Brexit, new polling indicates. Ayr, Gordon and Stirling would all be lost to the SNP, according to a poll by marketing research [...]

14 09, 2018

Most voters in Tory marginals believe Chequers is ‘bad for Britain’ as critics say it is more hated than poll tax

By | September 14th, 2018|Media Coverage|

by Steven Swinford, Deputy Political Editor, 3rd September 2018  The majority of voters in the Conservatives' most marginal constituencies believe Theresa May's Chequers plan is "bad for Britain", a new poll has found as critics warned it is now more hated than the poll tax. A survey of 22,000 voters in the Conservatives' 44 most marginal [...]

5 04, 2017

CityAM: Forget a €60bn Brexit bill: The EU should pay Britain to leave

By | April 5th, 2017|Media Coverage|

by Brian Monteith, CityAM, 5th April 2017 Why all the alarm that the Brexit waters are getting choppier? Advocates of leaving, like myself, never denied the EU would play tough in any negotiations; it is what one would expect for the opening gambits of any hard-nosed business deal. And that’s what it is, a deal. [...]

31 03, 2017

Evening News: May or Sturgeon? It’s no contest for me

By | March 31st, 2017|Media Coverage|

by Brian Monteith, The Edinburgh Evening News, Friday 31st March 2017 Finally, after nine months of court cases, political grandstanding, parliamentary votes, demonstrations and international jet-setting the EU has been served notice. The legal process of leaving the EU has begun and the resulting spectacle of double standards provides more entertainment than the BBC licence fee. Nicola Sturgeon tweets [...]

22 03, 2017

CityAM: Brexit will force Ireland to reconsider its own EU membership

By | March 22nd, 2017|Media Coverage|

by Brian Monteith, CityAM, 22nd March 2017 Despite the fact that Theresa May said she would trigger Article 50 before the end of March many months ago, the reality of it happening a week today will be a final wake-up call to governments across Europe – and no more so than in Dublin. The pressure for [...]

15 03, 2017

CityAM: May 2, Sturgeon 0: The SNP has no case for a second referendum on Scottish independence

By | March 15th, 2017|Media Coverage|

by Brian Monteith, CityAM, 15th March 2017 If there is one thing that we can be certain about following this week’s political events, it is that Prime Minister Theresa May is not simply David Cameron in a skirt. After a significant amount of establishment and media pressure to back down on her Brexit timetable and allow [...]

13 03, 2017

The Scotsman: Ireland Needs to consider its future in the EU

By | March 13th, 2017|Media Coverage|

by Brian Monteith, The Scotsman, Monday 13th March 2017 While Scotland’s political focus is likely to concentrate this week on the triggering of Article 50 by the UK government and the Pavlovian response about another independence referendum from Nicola Sturgeon, the rest of the world will not stand still. In other parts of Europe some hard thinking [...]

21 02, 2017

The Scotsman: Blair should keep his counsel to himself

By | February 21st, 2017|Media Coverage|

by Brian Monteith, The Scotsman, Monday 20th February 2017 Just as Charles de Gaulle’s large nose and ears were of no consequence to him being the last great Frenchman, so Tony Blair’s perma tan does not impinge on his ability to fashion a reasoned argument. The former prime minister’s lectures, after dinner speeches and consultancies with [...]

31 01, 2017

The Scotsman: Are the wheels about to come off the SNP bandwagon

By | January 31st, 2017|Media Coverage|

by Brian Monteith, The Scotsman, Monday 30th January 2017 This is a big week for the SNP administration that deigns to call itself a “Scottish Government”, for by the weekend we shall know if it is worthy of the name. The Scottish First Minister has a meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May in Downing Street which, if not handled [...]

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