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Politics Daily Briefing: Indyref2 announcement ‘likely’ before Holyrood recess

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We’re now just nine days away from the first competitive football of the new season.

In the meantime, the political football has showed no signs of abating with huge constitutional issues still grabbing the headlines across the country.

Just one day into Brexit talks and already things are beginning to look choppy for the government.

After promising to make it the “row of the summer”, Brexit minister David Davis agreed, almost immediately, to sign up to the EU’s negotiation timetable.

How many more concessions will the UK make before it’s all said and done? And what could Nicola Sturgeon’s indyref2 announcement have in store for us before then?

It’s been a busy one today. Here is everything you need to know…



Independence referendum plans statement ‘likely’ before Holyrood recess

Nicola Sturgeon is “likely” to make a statement on plans for a second independence referendum before Holyrood breaks up for the summer, a spokesman has said.

The First Minister has been reflecting on Scottish Government proposals for a fresh ballot on the issue in the wake of the General Election result, which saw the SNP lose 21 seats at Westminster after the party’s share of the vote fell from 50% to 37%.

Ms Sturgeon led discussions on independence when her cabinet team met in Edinburgh on Tuesday morning – almost two weeks on from the election.

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Gove faces criticism after scrapping meetings with farmers but finding time for Royal Highland Show

UK farming minister Michael Gove has faced criticism after cancelling two meetings about the post-Brexit future of the farming industry.

In a move that has infuriated the Scottish Government, Mr Gove has found time in his busy schedule to attend the Royal Highland Show this week.

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Talks to strike deal with DUP ‘ongoing’, says Downing Street

Theresa May has still not secured a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party to allow her Government programme to survive a Commons vote, a day before the Prime Minister sets out her legislative measures in the Queen’s Speech.

Talks aimed at propping up Mrs May’s minority Government – after a disastrous General Election showing saw the Tories lose their parliamentary majority – are “ongoing”, according to Downing Street sources who insisted the PM had never set a timeline on the negotiations.

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Sir Vince Cable: I’m not too old to be Lib Dem leader

Sir Vince Cable has denied he is too old to be Liberal Democrat leader, after becoming the first contender to throw his hat into the ring to replace Tim Farron, who announced his resignation last week.

The 74-year-old returned to the House of Commons as MP for Twickenham in this month’s General Election, having been one of the highest-profile casualties of the party’s collapse in support in 2015.

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Named Person Scheme: U-turn means parents don’t have to accept advice

Parents will not be forced to accept advice from a named person, deputy first minister Mr Swinney has announced.

The U-turn comes following a Supreme Court ruling the data-sharing elements of the scheme were “‘incompatible” with “the right to privacy and family life”.

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And finally…

VIDEO: Alex Salmond: EU has ‘weak and wobbly’ UK over a barrel on Brexit

Alex Salmond has claimed the UK could struggle to secure a good Brexit deal because EU negotiators will believe they have the upper hand on Theresa May’s “weak and wobbly” government.

Speaking in his exclusive Press and Journal video blog, Mr Salmond said the talks were unlikely to be an “entente cordiale” between the two sides because the EU “knows they’ve got the UK over a barrel”.

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