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Hong Kong judicial independence under systematic attack, legal figures warn

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International judicial figures including the former UK attorney general Sir Robert Buckland have warned the remaining British, Australian and Canadian judges operating in Hong Kong that they are working in an environm...

SSE boss says windfall tax may hinder progress on UK energy independence

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The chief executive of the energy supplier SSE has said a windfall tax could damage Britain’s progress on building up domestic sources of electricity and gas as he pledged £24bn of investment. Alistair Phillips-Davies...

Independence day: why Gordon Brown gave the Bank the right to set interest rates

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Gordon Brown had a surprise in store for Eddie George when he summoned the then governor of the Bank of England to a meeting at 11 Downing Street on bank holiday Monday, 25 years ago this week. For the past two years,...

Ukraine war will not affect independence poll, says Sturgeon

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The war in Ukraine will not affect the timing of a second independence referendum, Nicola Sturgeon has said, as she refused to rule out court action after Scotland’s information commissioner ordered her government to ...

Is Wales following Scotland in a bid for independence?

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Wales – poor, peripheral, reliably Labour voting – does not really figure in the political imaginations of Britain’s chattering class. To the extent that its politics are noticed at all, it is largely through the pris...

New Caledonia leader calls for France to grant independence vote to counter China’s ‘omnipresence’ in Pacific

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A prominent New Caledonian indigenous party has said that if France wants to have an economic and political stake in the Pacific – as China’s influence in the region rises to “omnipresence” – it needs to grant New Cal...

UK energy independence strategy: what are the cabinet divisions?

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Downing Street’s long-awaited energy independence strategy is not expected to be published until next week, amid wrangling between No 10 and the Treasury over how to fund it. Boris Johnson’s cabinet ministers have a r...

Ukraine’s independence must be supported by Britain

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Simon Jenkins (Britain should stay well out of Russia’s border dispute with Ukraine, 20 gennaio) claims that Russia’s “border disputes” with Ukraine have “nothing whatsoever to do with Britain” – but it has everything...

Hong Kong activist who coined banned independence slogan released from prison

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Hong Kong activist Edward Leung, who coined the now-banned slogan “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times” has been released from prison and placed under strict supervision after spending four years behind bars. ...

Settled French territory or powder keg: what next for New Caledonia after failed bid for independence?

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In the wake of the third New Caledonian referendum on independence from France, French president Emmanuel Macron declared that “France is more beautiful because New Caledonia decided to stay.” The vote in the 12 Decem...

‘Null and void’: boycott clouds New Caledonia’s final poll on independence

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Low voter turnout at New Caledonia’s independence referendum “weighs heavily” on the French territory’s self-determination process, election observers from the Pacific Islands Forum have said. In Sunday’s referendum, ...

Covid, mourning and the spectre of violence: New Caledonia prepares for blighted independence vote

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New Caledonia is set to hold a referendum on independence from France this weekend, the third and final poll meant to conclude a decolonisation process initiated 30 anni fa. For anyone who witnessed the first two r...

China says Taiwan independence backers will be blacklisted

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China has said it will hold those who support “Taiwan independence” criminally liable for life, provoking anger and ridicule from the island at a time of heightened tension between the neighbours. [object Window], ...

Nicola Sturgeon urges SNP to resist Brexit arguments against independence

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Westminster will use the damage inflicted by Brexit to argue that Scottish independence is unworkable, Nicola Sturgeon has said, calling on her party activists to “resist [this] with all we’ve got”. In her address to ...

No independence referendum until Covid restrictions lifted, Sturgeon says

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A second referendum on Scottish independence will not be held until all day-to-day Covid restrictions have been lifted, Nicola Sturgeon has said. The first minister has repeatedly pledged to hold another poll by the e...

Nicola Sturgeon starts work on a new push for Scottish independence

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Nicola Sturgeon has told civil servants to start making a new case for independence, which offers people “an informed choice on Scotland’s future” in the Scottish government’s first legislative programme since last mo...

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