18,759 Views Sunday 22 Jan 2017, 10:00 AM ‘The clock is ticking’ for Scotland to call a second independence referendum First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says that Scotland is now in “uncharted waters”. Jan 22nd 2017, 10:00 AM Share Tweet Email THE COUNTDOWN TO a second Scottish independence referendum appears to have begun after Prime Minister Theresa May laid out the course towards a “hard” Brexit – but Scots are as divided as ever.Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said another vote was “more likely” than ever after May outlined her plan to pull the country out of the EU’s single market despite Scotland’s objections this week.“Time is fast running out for the UK government to convince us that they care one jot about Scotland’s interests,” Sturgeon told the Scottish parliament on Thursday.“If they don’t, Scotland does face a choice: do we go down the damaging path set out by Theresa May… or do we want to take control over the future of our country?”Following a meeting with Brexit minister David Davis on Thursday, Sturgeon’s representative Mike Russell said: “The clock is ticking”.Scotland voted in 2014 by a margin of 55 to 45 percent to stay in the United Kingdom.But Sturgeon argues that last year’s vote for Brexit has left Scotland in “uncharted waters” since a majority of Scots instead opted to stay in the EU.She has put forward proposals for Scotland to be allowed to remain in the single market even as the rest of Britain leaves and has drafted an independence referendum bill just in case.Her independence ally Patrick Harvie, co-convener of the Scottish Greens whose votes she needs to get a second referendum through parliament, has predicted it will be held some time in 2018.‘Tension in the family’The dilemma for Sturgeon is that many Scots say the EU referendum has not changed their minds on independence.The latest poll of 1,002 respondents carried out by BMG Research for the Herald newspaper last month found 55 percent against and 45 percent in favour — the same split as in the 2014 vote. Scotland voted to stay in the EU, and Theresa May signalled a hard Brexit earlier this week. Source: Andrew Milligan PA Wire/PA ImagesMother and daughter Irene and Cara Henney, from Paisley on the edge of Glasgow, are typical of the generational divide seen in both the independence and EU referendums.Irene, 55, who works in sales, said no to independence but yes to Brexit.“Sturgeon has lost sight of what matters to the Scottish people, like health and education… By calling for a second referendum she’s probably alienating a lot of people,” she said.Cara, 18, a student, voted yes to independence in her first ever national vote after the Scottish government lowered the voting age to 16.Cara missed the EU referendum, which was reserved for over-18s, but said she would have voted to stay.“While I don’t agree with some of Sturgeon’s priorities, now that Scotland is being taken out of the EU against its will she is giving us an opportunity to fight back,” she said.Asked about the differences with her mother, she said: “It does cause some tension in the family”.Stuart Salter, 34, a town planner from Edinburgh, voted No to independence and wants to remain in the EU.He said: “The Brexit vote hasn’t changed my mind about independence.“Driving Scotland towards another independence referendum will only add to the present uncertainty”.Campbell Fraser, 50, a drama workshop director from Clarkston, south of Glasgow, said he wanted Scotland to be an independent EU member state.“We have to make sure we win because I don’t think we’ll get another chance in my lifetime,” he said.Forced independence bid?Political experts believe Sturgeon may be left with little choice but to call a referendum.But Michael Keating, director of the Economic and Social Research Council’s Centre on Constitutional Change, told AFP: “There is no sign whatsoever that the UK government is going to take (Sturgeon’s) proposals seriously.“They have to say they are, because if they reject it out of hand, they will be playing right into the Scottish government’s hands,” he said.Nicola McEwen, professor of Territorial Politics at Edinburgh University, said Sturgeon had left no “compromise position” for Scotland.“The worry for the Scottish government is if you hold a second referendum and lose it, you lose the leverage for Scotland within the United Kingdom.“But if the situation is such that there doesn’t appear to be much leverage now anyway, the Scottish government may decide it has nothing to lose.”© – AFP, 2017Read: 8 things we learned from Theresa May’s Brexit speechRead: Scotland first minister ‘not bluffing’ about second independence referendum https://jrnl.ie/3196065 As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: By AFP 73 Comments Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Rumeur: Nokia nie en bloc son rachat par MicrosoftAprès un partenariat très étroit entre les deux parties, des rumeurs ressurgissent des profondeurs de la Toile arguant que Nokia pourrait être absorbé par le géant Microsoft. Mais le premier constructeur mondial de téléphones dément toutes ces informations.Le partenariat entre Nokia et Microsoft avait interpellé en début d’année 2011. Les deux sociétés étaient contraintes de s’allier pour tenter de retrouver une place honorable sur le marché des smartphones. À lire aussiHTC préparerait deux tablettes tactiles pour Windows RTFin 2011, le partenariat a porté ses fruits, principalement pour Nokia, qui retrouve des couleurs avec un Lumia 800 très apprécié et, pour la première fois depuis longtemps chez le finlandais, attendu par les amateurs de smartphones. Les rumeurs avaient dès lors parlé d’un rachat de Nokia par Microsoft. Plus les mois passèrent, plus elles s’intensifièrent jusqu’à aujourd’hui où, selon Clubic, l’établissement financier Danske Bank, l’un des plus grosses banques au Danemark, aurait informé ses clients que Nokia avait décidé de vendre sa division mobile à Microsoft dans le courant du premier semestre 2012, pour un montant de 13 milliards de dollars.Mais pour le constructeur finlandais, tout ceci n’est que bruits de couloir et pures spéculations. A la question d’un rachat, Doug Dawson, porte-parole de Nokia, est lapidaire: “Nous avons mis fin à ces rumeurs, il y a longtemps.” Toutefois, rien n’est gravé dans le marbre. Qui aurait pu parier avant le mois d’août dernier d’un rachat de Motorola par Google ? Dans ces sphères technologiques, toute hypothèse commerciale est envisageable. Le 15 décembre 2011 à 17:15 • Maxime Lambert
Brendan Rodgers has downplayed the idea of a dugout battle with Steven Gerrard ahead of Sunday’s Old Firm derby between Celtic and RangersGerrard played under Rodgers at Liverpool for over three seasons and will now face his former boss as Rangers manager.The 38-year-old is the fourth Ibrox coach to go head-to-head with Rodgers and is unbeaten in his first 11 games in charge.Speaking ahead of Celtic’s return leg of the Europa League play-off tie against Suduva on Thursday night, Rodgers said on RTE: “I am looking forward to seeing Steven.“He is a good guy, we worked well together at Liverpool. I don’t necessarily see it as a dugout battle, I see it as the teams on the field.Match Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.“Whatever coach or manager is there at the time, it is irrespective to me.“It is about looking at them and how they play and preparing the team in order to win the game. That’s what I have tried to do in the 11 games against Rangers in my two years here.“So that’s the focus really. Try to analyse them the best we can. There is no doubt Steven has made a difference to them and made a change to them, a positive change.“No matter the form, they are always tough games so our notion after Thursday will be to focus on that and be ready for it.”Rodgers is unbeaten in his 11 fixtures against their bitter rivals Rangers since becoming Celtic boss in 2016.
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