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Will Nicola Sturgeon lead Scotland to independence?


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Have the twin pressures of Brexit and Covid gifted independence to the SNP?

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Some commentators suggest that Nicola Sturgeon’s handling of the Covid-19 crisis may be boosting support for Scottish nationalism. The Brexit Trade Bill, some have said, could trigger support for a ‘snap’ independence referendum. One recent poll showed 55% of Scots now favour independence. How has the economic and social case for an independent Scotland changed in a post-Brexit and post-Covid world? Does Sturgeon have the political capital to push through a second referendum, and on what timetable might it play out?

Editor: James Harding, Editor and Co-founder, Tortoise

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Fiona Hill is a British political advisor and former Chief of Staff at Number 10 for Theresa May.

John Lloyd is a journalist and co-founder of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford. He is currently a contributing editor at the Financial Times.

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Some commentators suggest that Nicola Sturgeon’s handling of the Covid-19 crisis may be boosting support for Scottish nationalism. The Brexit Trade Bill, some have said, could trigger support for a ‘snap’ independence referendum. One recent poll showed 55% of Scots now favour independence. How has the economic and social case for an independent Scotland changed in a post-Brexit and post-Covid world? Does Sturgeon have the political capital to push through a second referendum, and on what timetable might it play out?


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editor and invited experts

James Harding
Co-founder and Editor

Linda Fabiani
MSP (SNP), East Kilbride

Steven Gethins
Former MP for North East Fife (SNP) and Chair of ’eu+me’’- a campaign for a close relationship between Scotland and the EU after Brexit.

John Lloyd
Journalist and Co-founder of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford. He is currently a contributing editor at the FT.