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As the First Minister says she is up for talks with the Prime Minister


over another independence referendum, a warning


of a constitutional crisis if no agreement can be reached.


How a row over haddock stocks in the North Sea could be


threatening your traditional Scottish fish supper.


Has Scotland prepared to face Italy, can they manage their best ever six


Nations finish? A farewell fly-past from the Tornado


squadron at RAF Lossiemouth. And saved for the nation after a ?4


million fundraising campaign - the iconic Monarch of the Glen


painting. Scottish National Party leaders


are delivering a defiant warning to the Prime Minister,


telling the party's conference they won't allow her to thwart plans


for an independence referendum. The First Minister is also


urging Theresa May to take We'll bring you the Prime Minister's


response in a moment. But first our political editor


Brian Taylor reports A sense of history. The SNP's deputy


leader brandishes a slogan devised by Willie Ewing. Delegates also


reckon historic changes underway now. It has been a pretty momentous


week in Scottish politics. Derek Mackay maintained the momentum. The


First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon. The SNP want a referendum


before, or shortly after, Brexit is concluded. The Prime Minister won't


countenance that. Scotland will have its referendum and the people of


this country will have their choice. They will not be denied their say.


And for the avoidance of doubt, he identified the obstacle. Scotland's


referendum is going to happen, and no UK Prime Minister, no UK Prime


Minister should dare to stand in the way of Scotland's democracy. So what


to do? Who knows? Another election I be around the corner. A throwaway


line but is it possible, and early Hollywood election to force the


Prime Minister to the negotiating table. Senior strategist discovered


the idea for three reasons. One, people tend to hate unnecessary


elections. Two, it might not go into the wealth of the SNP. Under PR, you


can never be sure. And three, the SNP incest they already have a


mandate for a further referendum and arguably to call another election


would weaken that case. The SNP has sampled opinion in focus groups and


elsewhere, and there is a degree of resistance to an early referendum.


But the party insists people are open to the idea of Scotland having


a choice in time to impact upon Brexit when the option is explained.


So what about a non-statutory, advisory referendum? Nicola Sturgeon


rules mapping out but is far from keen on that idea, viewing it as


gesture politics. She once the Prime Minister to talk now about possible


dates for a future referendum. Let her set out when she pings it would


be right and let's have a discussion about it. We might only be weeks or


months apart. I am up for continued discussion. There is devolved policy


here, too. John Swinney defended the Scottish Government's education


record and offered advice on the constitutional battle. I share the


outrage every Democrat feels at the actions of the Westminster Tory


government. I say to you this is a time for local heads, cool, clear


head that must now stand up for Scotland's sovereignty. Outside the


hall, prounion campaign is made their point bluntly. Inside,


delegates are intent on independence and their leader appears undeterred


by the obstacles in her path. And we'll hear more from Brian


in a moment, but first the Scottish Government's Brexit


minister claims the UK is heading for a "constitutional crisis"


if the UK Government continues Mike Russell was speaking


after the Prime Minister, Theresa May, renewed her opposition


to another vote on Scotland's future while the UK


is in the process of leaving the EU. Here's our political


correspondent, Glenn Campbell. There is no meeting of minds between


these two leaders on Scotland's future. In Cardiff today, the Prime


Minister accused the SNP of exploiting Brexit to pursue


independence. It is now clear that using Brexit as a pretext to


engineer a second independence referendum has been the SNP's sole


objective ever since last June. But it would be bad for Scotland, bad


for the United Kingdom and bad for us all. At the SNP conference,


Scottish ministers say their attempts to broker a Brexit


Scottish ministers say their compromise were re-Bath, and that


another independence referendum must be allowed when the terms of Brexit


become clear. If the Scottish Parliament votes for a referendum it


would be extremely undemocratic to try and stop that. What if she still


says no? The reality is we are then try and stop that. What if she still


in a constitutional crisis because the Scottish Parliament has


expressed its opinion. We have to have a way of discussing that. Could


expressed its opinion. We have to you have a referendum anyway? We are


nowhere near that stage but the view is there must be a referendum if the


Scottish Parliament votes for it. What do SNP supporters think? I'm


sure Nicola Sturgeon will have her way. If she is unwilling to


compromise, yes, we should go for one without their consent. It is an


option but I don't think anyone would want that. We would want to


have the agreement. This expert thinks it could be a lengthy


dispute. This could go on for a long time, several years, with neither


side doing well. Meanwhile, Brexit has to be negotiated and things have


to be done on a practical level. There is no obvious end to the


stand-off insight, unless there is a big shift in public opinion, either


for or against another independence referendum.


Our political editor Brian Taylor joins me now.


Quite a week indeed. A pre-emptive strike by the First Minister, a


retaliatory strike by the Prime Minister, and now a contest of


wills, predicated by each side claiming to be acting in tune with


public opinion. What might lie ahead? We have the important vote at


Holyrood next week. Yes. We have the remainder of conference, and a


two-day debate in Hollywood next week, concluding with a vote on


Wednesday evening, that vote, presumably with the SNP getting the


backing of the Greens, will be a demand for powers to be transferred


to Holyrood, in order to enable an independence referendum to be held


within the timescale set out by the First Minister. So that will be a


formal demand to the UK Government for those powers to be transferred.


You will then get a formal response from the Prime Minister, and that


formal was France will be no dice. Then you have a contest of Wills,


each side trying to claim public opinion. You will have parliamentary


manoeuvres from the Scottish Government, both here at Holyrood


and also at Westminster. You will have political campaigning as well.


I stress again, this is about both sides trying to win and to


demonstrate palpable support from the people of Scotland and the wider


UK. A man who admitted rape after having


sex with a 12 year-old girl Daniel Cieslak, who was 19


at the time, had believed the girl who he met in a taxi queue


in Edinburgh was 16. The judge, Lady Scott,


said she was taking the "wholly exceptional decision" not


to sentence him as there Instead, she gave him


an absolute discharge Our Home affairs correspondent,


Reevel Alderson, is here. Reevel, this is an extremely unusual


ruling from a judge. What were the exceptional


circumstances in this case? Be exceptional circumstances were


that Daniel Cieslak had met this girl sometime after midnight a


couple of years ago in Edinburgh city centre. They had gone back to


his flat where there was an impromptu party. They had sex. She


left the next morning and had not appeared in any way distressed by


the experience. Later, he was charged with rape. Why? Because she


was under 13, and legally any child under 13 is incapable, in law, of


giving consent to sexual intercourse. So he was charged. But


the judge said there were exceptional circumstances. These


were effectively that she looked a lot older than 16 and he had every


reasonable opportunity to say, well, she was over 16. We know that


because police officers who had been called to see her friend, and to


whom she talked at length, thought she was over 16 and had not bothered


with talking to her. The taxi driver taking them to Daniel's flat thought


she was 20, and the judge herself, having viewed CCTV footage, thought


she appeared to be over 16. This absolute discharge, what is that? It


is not a conviction, not a punishment. It is the lowest form of


disposal a court can make. The effect of this is that he has no


criminal record as a result and has not been placed on the sex offenders


register. However, if he goes back before the court for any other


offence, this could be taken into consideration. But it is a very


controversial ruling, as you might imagine, and certainly it is


unprecedented as far as I can find. Now, should you be tucking


into a haddock supper tonight? haddock off its list


of sustainable fish to eat. OK, come on. Haddock was on the menu


today for these twins. It is their favourite fish but according to the


Marine conservation Society, stocks are lower than they should be. They


have taken it off their sustainability list and suggest


people try hake or whiting instead. This fish merchant disagrees. I


could not believe it. There have been some of the biggest landings in


Peterhead. In December last year there was a record landing for 20


years. Much of it was Haddock. I hope the consumer will see it. I


hope they will keep eating Haddock, because most of them love it. The


Marine conservation Society say it downgraded the fish on its good food


guide after stocks fell last year. The scientific assessment of this


fishery is that the fishing pressure and the biomass is above and below


the levels recommended for maintaining a sustainable fishery in


the longer term. The Scottish fishermen's Federation has demanded


the Society retract its claims, which they say are false. They are


not fishermen, not scientists. They are not embedded, as we are, in the


day-to-day stewardship of stocks. We know when they are sustainable and


we get proper accreditation for them, and they come out with this


lightweight stuff that is potentially damaging. We are not


happy. Several hundred boxes of Haddock have been landed in


Peterhead in the last week alone, much of it headed for fish and chip


shops. Mixed messages over sustainability will undoubtedly


confuse consumers, who will be left wondering whether or not they can


order their Friday fish supper with a clear conscience.


Police searching for Moira Anderson, the schoolgirl who disappeared 60


years ago, say they've identified five areas of interest on the


Radar and sonar equipment has been used to pinpoint the areas


The 11-year-old left her grandmother's house in Coatbridge


Police believe that the bus driver, Alexander Gartshore,


murdered her, before disposing of her body.


The UK Supreme Court has refused an application by the owners


of the defunct News of the World newspaper, to be allowed to appeal


against a court ruling which found they had defamed Tommy Sheridan,


the former leader of the Scottish Socialist Party.


The judgement finally brings to an end a lengthy legal process


which began when the newspaper published articles about


BP has confirmed it's in talks with the chemicals group Ineos over


the sale of the North Sea's largest oil pipeline.


The Forties Pipeline System was the first to transport


oil from the North Sea to the Scottish mainland.


It now carries about 450,000 barrels of oil every day


We saw the oil from the Forties field begin to flow through the pipe


at Grangemouth. The Queen pressed the on switch and the first oil was


pumped to the mainland from the Forties field. It was in 1975, when


BP started operating the pipeline. At its peak, 1 million barrels of


oil each day came through. It is believed to be the oldest and


largest pipeline in the North Sea. It starts 100 miles offshore,


carrying oil to the terminal at crude and brave. From there, it is


carried to the processing facility near the Grangemouth refinery.


Today, on average it transports around 450,000 barrels of oil each


day, 40% of UK production, and employs around 300 people. Now, its


owner, BP, is in talks with global petrochemical giant in the arts


about selling it. The Unite union was involved in a bitter industrial


dispute at the Grangemouth refinery in 2013. The plant nearly closed.


The union says it was not told about the potential sale of the pipeline


system. When it comes out of the blue of this nature and people have


not spoken to us beforehand, very often in situations like this we are


involved in discussions where guarantees are given and fears are


allayed. It hasn't happened this time. So of course there will be


concerns. My members in BP will be concerned. Any such negotiations, if


there was a deal, would be between the companies, but clearly we would


want to understand what the union's concerns were, and we having gauge


meant with BP, as major employers. We can try to help broker a dialogue


between the parties. BP say they are committed to engaging openly with


staff and stakeholders as soon as they are able. At the moment, the


details are confidential and they cannot say any more at this stage.


Tonight's top story: as the First Minister says she is up for talks


with the Prime Minister over another independence referendum, a warning


of a constitutional crisis if no agreement can be reached. Still to


come, a farewell fly-past from the Tornado squadron at RAF Lossiemouth.


Now it's the final weekend of the Six Nations championship.


Some Italian fans are already enjoying the delights of Edinburgh.


Scotland can't win it but there's still plenty to play


To tell us why, David Currie is at Murrayfield tonight.


Hi, yes, England may have obliterated Scotland's chances of


winning the Six Nations Championship for the first time last weekend at


Twickenham, but do not despair, the Scots can still achieve their


highest ever finish in the tournament. Not a bad way to end one


particular chapter in the national team's history. Putting the


finishing touches to the Murrayfield pitch, but tomorrow a line will be


drawn under the Vern Cotter era. The match, his last as head coach. There


is no escaping the fact that there will be changes after this game. But


that is not a consideration for the team. Scotland have some amends to


make for trauma, the thrashing at Twickenham. England, with a


conversion to come, will surely hit 60. Last week was unacceptable in a


Scotland shirt. We are excited to right the wrongs, go out and put a


good performance on. Scotland can't catch England at the top of the Six


Nations table. Level on points with Wales, one behind Ireland and


France, the Scots could finish second. Simply beating Italy


probably won't be enough. What do you need to do, in your mind, to get


second? A bonus point win, and then Wales beat France in Paris without a


bonus. Then England to beat Ireland. Those results could happen. All we


can control is what happens out here at Murrayfield. I would love


Scotland to finish what had been such a promising Six Nations on a


high. Italy have lost all four of their matches and will finish


bottom. However, they won here two years ago. We have two perhaps


expect the unexpected. Doesn't that mean it is expected? It is a funny


expect the unexpected. Doesn't that phrase. We are preparing for


everything. We will make sure that we go through the scenarios that


might happen, being as best prepared as we can be. A metaphorical new


broom will sweep through the national team when Greg Townsend


takes over in the summer. He will be hoping to build on groundwork laid


by Vern Cotter. Police have released images of 56


more fans they want to trace over disorder at last May's Scottish Cup


final at Hampden Stadium in Glasgow. Officers are investigating


the violence and vandalism that took place during the pitch invasion


at end of the match Thousands of Hibs fans ran


on to the pitch after the Edinburgh club won the cup for the first time


in 114 years. A number of Rangers fans also


came on to the pitch 252 people have suffered


tram-related injuries in Edinburgh over the seven years since the tram


tracks were laid. Figures collated by a consultant


at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, show 191 of those who were


injured were cyclists. The last squadron of Tornado


aircraft based at RAF Lossiemouth have staged an a farewell flypast -


marking their withdrawal The supersonic RAF jets,


which have been in military service for almost 40 years,


are being replaced at the Moray base Many RAF staff and local people say


it's the end of an era. It is a sound which has become part


of the landscape over Moray four quarters of a century, since were


first stationed here. The jets are capable of attacking targets on the


ground and sea, as well as providing aerial reconnaissance and defence.


At the ageing planes are being phased out and a final fly-past at


Lossiemouth was an emotional affair. I have flown a plane like this since


I left school, nearly 38 years ago. For me, flying these things is just


normal. It's like going shopping, just normal. I have flown it in the


Middle East, Afghanistan, and also over Kosovo. The last tornadoes may


be leaving Scotland's last operational RAF station. But after


fears it might be closed down several years ago, there is now


optimism over the long-term future of Lossiemouth, which now boasts


four squadrons of high-tech typhoon aircraft and is soon to be the home


of a new maritime patrol plane. We have such an exciting future here.


Another typhoon squadron coming, four front line squadrons will be


here, in 2019 will see the first Poseidon control plane, a really


exciting capability. It has been the key strike attack aircraft for


decades. It has seen service in combat in places like Afghanistan,


Iraq and Syria. These individual planes are going to be moved to RAF


Marham, to see the rest of their operational lives, and will be


decommissioned in 2019, almost 50 years after the Tornado first took


to the air. The Monarch of the Glen -


it's iconic for some, The National Galleries of Scotland


have raised ?4 million to buy the painting from drinks giant


Diageo. Here's our arts correspondent


Pauline Mclean. The challenge was huge. When the


National Galleries of Scotland announced a campaign to capture the


Monarch of the Glen for the nation, they were under no illusions. Four


months and many donations later, they met the deadline set by the


owners, the drinks company Secret Sofas. They promised half of the ?8


million expected to raised -- be raised at auction if they could find


the rest. -- drinks company Diagio. I am delighted to announce that the


funds have been raised. The response has been amazing. We had donations


from all over the world, all over Scotland. People clearly care deeply


about the culture will stop the picture strikes a chord. Here is


Victoria... He certainly struck a chord with the


audience, he was Queen Victoria's favourite artist and popular with


non-royals as well. His work may seem sentimental and romantic now,


but to those who campaigned to buy it, it is an important painting.


It's a very fine painting, a work of considerable merit. In Scottish


terms, it has... I hate the word iconic, but let me use it, a kind of


iconic status in popularity. That makes it just the kind of painting


that people are drawn to. That irrespective of whether they are


into art or not. It crosses those boundaries of being both the art,


great art, and incredibly popular, and familiar to people. You are not


having that, it's mine! What painting can claim to have the


backing of the Goodies as well as gamekeepers? It has been used to


sell soap, soup and whiskey. Once settled into its new home, it is


sell soap, soup and whiskey. Once hoped it will to Scotland as a thank


you to those who made sure it stayed.


The weather forecast now - and it's a wet one, Kawser.


It has been grey and wet for the day and we will see outbreaks of


rain on and off at times. That is thanks to this quite extensive area


of low pressure to the north and the weather system expanding all the way


back to the Atlantic. Some fresh westerly wind, especially for


western coastal areas. A familiar sight for many, this weather watcher


western coastal areas. A familiar picture sent from the Western Isles.


Wireless will be cloudy and wet for much of the evening, it will improve


by becoming drier. This evening it is quite wet, rain falling snow over


the highest hills in the north. By the end of the night, it will clear


away and we are left with fairly cloudy skies. Temperatures dipping


close to freezing, perhaps the risk of icy stretches on untreated roads


and services, and a touch of Frost. For the Central Belt, fairly cloudy


and mild air, minimum temperatures of seven or 8 degrees. For tomorrow,


largely dry. Some showers for Orkney and the Northeast. If you are


heading to Edinburgh for the rugby, it looks like it will be largely dry


with some sunny spells to start. As we head through the day at


Murrayfield, we will see more in the way of cloud increasing. It looks


like it'll stay largely dry the match. For the rest of the afternoon


you can see cloud thickening across the West, with it outbreaks of rain


arriving. If you are heading out to rout 5pm, for Dumfries and Galloway,


the western borders, showery outbreaks of rain starting to occur.


Mild conditions, reaching nine or 10 Celsius. Holding on to the best of


the sunshine across parts of Angus, Perthshire and Aberdeenshire. Those


showers continuing mainly across Orkney. Some of them could be quite


heavy. If you are heading outdoors to the hills and mountains, quite a


chilly start for the Northwestern ranges. There might be patchy and


showery rain arriving later, with gusts of up to 45 mph coming from


the West. Further south, mild air, cloudy conditions for the Galloway


Hills. To the east, some showery rain at times. It will be drier for


the Cairngorms in the afternoon and a bit milder for the border hills.


For tomorrow evening, dry to start in the east. We will start to see


rain pushing in. With it, heavy and persistent rain across the


south-west and the north-west. By the time we reach Sunday, we are


going to see some rain around. Some uncertainty about this, how far


north it will go. It looks like by the afternoon things will improve


and we will see some sunny spells. That is your forecast.


I'll be back with the late bulletin at 10:30.


Have a very good evening and a great weekend.


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