08/02/2017 Reporting Scotland


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MPs have overwhelmingly backed the Government to begin the formal

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process of the UK's departure from the EU.

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But the SNP's leader at Westminster says after Holyrood

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rejected the legislation, Theresa May doesn't have UK-wide

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Here's our Westminster correspondent, Nick Eardley.

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The Brexit debate can be relentless. Twist and turns as the Government

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prepares the ground work. But it is picking up pace. Tonight it reached

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another milestone. Some MPs signed the EU anthem as they voted, a last

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act of defiance as the House of Commons gave its blessing to start

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the Brexit process. A move endorsed by an overwhelming majority of MPs

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from across the UK but just one representing a Scottish seat. There

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was never any doubt that the Government would win the ball but it

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was a symbolic moment. MPs have agreed with Theresa May that Brexit

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means Brexit but there are divisions. What happens now? Without

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Amendment, without debating time sufficient, and there is outrage at

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the Government showing no sign of acceptance of the Scottish

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dimension. Yesterday the Scottish Parliament voted overwhelmingly to

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maintain our position within the single market. Labour's Scottish MP

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was one of dozens who defied his leadership to oppose the Government.

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This is not Scotland against the rest, I just felt we could not

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trigger Article 50 with the menu pigment was offering. I will

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continue with such arguments until there is a deal on the table but we

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can be proud of another gives us the softest of soft Brexits.

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The UK Government is... It has carried out the will of the

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people. That is what Parliament has done today. The Bill now goes to the

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House of Lords where it is also expected to pass but at the debate

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on Article 50 approaches its conclusion, the one over the future,

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Scotland's and the UK's, is far from over.

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The clashes over Brexit have led to more talk of a second

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independence referendum - and reports that Downing Street

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Earlier I spoke to our Political Editor Brian Taylor.

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Reports that the UK Government is preparing for a possible

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Of course they are preparing for a possible referendum on independence.

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It is what governments do when it comes to process.

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They were not all that sharp in preparing for the aftermath

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I think it is decidedly likely that there would be a referendum

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It is about moving to demands by the Scottish Parliament

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and government and suggesting the UK Government is not meeting

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If it comes to the point where the SNP, the Scottish Government,

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says it comes to an end and the UK Government is adamantly

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and definitely not producing a deal, I think there will be a referendum.

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It could be announced by Nicola Sturgeon at the SNP

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Do I think she will set out the details and the date?

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Will she mention Brexit and independence?

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It was once one of the North Sea's most valuable assets.

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But after 40 years of production, Shell has formally submitted

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its plans for dismantling its oil and gas platforms in the Brent field

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The company says it wants to leave in place many of the supporting legs

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but it insists its decommissioning proposals are environmentally sound.

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Here's our environment correspondent, Kevin Keane.

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They have produced 3 billion barrels of oil but now these platforms

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Today, the operator, Shell, submitted plans

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The top portions will go but controversially Shell wants

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Between them they hold 42 oil storage cells,

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still containing sediment, made up of sand, water and oil,

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and they will be left behind to the mercies of the North Sea.

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At some point in the future they will collapse.

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If we do not remove the contents of the cells, they could leak

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It is not the first time Shell has proposed leaving

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The occupation of Brent Spar in the mid-1990s eventually forced

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the company to change plans to drop it in the deep ocean.

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Today's decommission means the legs will not be moved at all.

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Shell insists this time it has got it right.

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The environmental impact associated with removing,

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and disposal of the sediment, one of the key issues we have looked

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at, is far greater than just leaving the sediment in place.

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In an offshore simulator, the First Minister

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announced a fund to give a lift to decommissioning infrastructure.

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And she says the Brent plan needs to be properly scrutinised.

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That has to be part of this process, making sure not only that

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decommissioning is done in a safe, efficient and cost-effective way

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in everyone's interests but in a way that respects the marine

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In the next few months, Shell will use this ship

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to remove the top portion of the Brent Delta platform.

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Today's submission is for the rest of this field.

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The consultation is due to last 60 days.

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The CEO of the world's biggest technology company has described

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as a "crisis" Donald Trump's ban on people entering the United States

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Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, was speaking after being made

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an honorary Doctor of Science at Glasgow University.

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He said Apple would not exist without immigration -

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and that to stand and say nothing was to become part of the problem.

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Apple would not exist without immigration. This is a huge issue

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for us. What do we do? We voice our opinion. We stand up. We do not sit

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in silence. are to be introduced to improve

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forensic examinations It follows claims that rape victims

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in the Northern Isles don't report it because they have to travel

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to the mainland for forensic tests. Our Home Affairs Correspondent,

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Reevel Alderson, reports. This is the forensic examination

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area, where any client who has been raped or sexually assaulted will be

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brought to be examined. This Glasgow clinic was the first

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of its kind in Scotland. Rape victims receive

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medical attention. Evidence is gathered

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for a possible prosecution. On this side of the area

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is the medical practitioners and on the other side of the screen

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are the police officers. Rape victims elsewhere have

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different experiences. One reason, a lack of female doctors

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to carry out testing. A Government survey has been

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launched to find out why. The Government survey aims to find

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out why so few female doctors are prepared to offer this service

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for victims of serious Whether it is because they don't

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understand what is involved or whether there is a fear

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about the length of time This Dr in Stornoway does carry out

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examinations and she urges colleagues to join her. To be

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supportive, to have the professional skills around treatment and care.

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In the Northern Isles no doctor is carrying out forensic

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It's claimed some victims are reluctant to travel

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Campaigners have welcomed the review and a Government announcement

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for a new national standard for forensic examinations.

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There is far too much variation depending where you live in Scotland

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We need to look at how to get more female doctors to do these

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The Government hopes the changes will be looked at later this year.

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Hundreds of people have been queuing for a rare glimpse of the last

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letter Mary Queen of Scots wrote on the day she was executed.

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As Morag Kinniburgh reports the National Library of Scotland

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says it's so precious it can only go on show for the day.

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Queueing up to see one of the most powerful

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and precious papers in Scotland, on show for one day only.

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It is 430 years today since Mary Queen of Scots was beheaded.

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It shows the Queen probably at the most stressful time

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She was to be executed at eight o'clock in the morning

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and was only told of it the night before.

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So with what little time she had left she tried to make the most

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of that time and she prepared herself and wrote one last letter

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to her brother-in-law the King of France.

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If you listen to my doctor and other unfortunate servants you will learn

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the truth and how, thanks to God, I scorn death and vow that I meet it

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The Queen is angry at being branded a criminal,

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Demand to see the letter has been so high that the library has

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But why queue up for so long when you consider it is

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Because it is the real thing and you imagine this lady,

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Mary Queen of Scots, actually touched it and wrote it.

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We're just honoured to have that here in Scotland and the fact

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is that we can see it in the flesh and it is so rare to be able to do

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I know you can do all kinds of things on a computer screen

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but really it is not the same as actually seeing it.

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This letter has special security status and returns

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No one will say when it will be shown in public again.

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Let's get the weather outlook now and Christopher's got

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It is a call and frosty nights to come with clear skies across a good

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part of the country. Dry for many that Eastern parts, still a number

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of showers, sleet and snow in the mix. Icy patches. Tomorrow morning

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it is a dry and cold frosty start. Spells of crisp sunshine. Not quite

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as cold across the Hebrides. Stronger winds here. On Eastern

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coasts perhaps just above freezing but more cloud. Further north some

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spells of sunshine to start the day but for Orkney and Shetland this

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will be a windy morning with frequent showers. Through the course

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of the morning we hold onto those bright conditions at the cloud will

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steadily increase for West Central Scotland and the south-west, in the

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East despite being cloudier some brighter moments at times, but

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showers never far away. Across the UK as a whole largely dry, fairly

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cloudy, across north Sea coasts quite a number of showers coming in.

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When three at times. For England and Wales cold than today, for as

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similar than today. Those showers continuing as we head towards

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Thursday night and into Friday. If anything it is turning heavier

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particularly across parts of Shetland and the north-east. As we

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head overnight into Friday morning, likely to have some accumulations of

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snow across Eastern parts, but they are showers, so not a huge amount.

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With easterly winds continuing Western parts once again seeing the

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best of any drive, bright weather. But it will be cold. Looking ahead

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towards the weekend, easterlies continue to blow, and largely dry

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and settled, but any showers will be in the East.

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