09/03/2017 Reporting Scotland


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Now, time for the news where you are.

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Scottish independence and declining oil revenues led to furious

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Opposition leaders claimed the slump in the North Sea

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undermined Scotland's independent economic prospects.

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The arguments came as the First Minister told the BBC

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that the autumn of 2018 might be a "common sense" date for a second

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This from our political editor, Brian Taylor.

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Oil and independence, the two have been twinned for 40 years,

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since the North Sea bonanza began and the SNP first argued

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In a BBC interview, Andrew Wilson, who chairs the SNP's

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Economic Growth Commission, said oil wealth formed a core part

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of the independence offer in the 2014 referendum.

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The Chancellor's Budget confirmed that oil revenues

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have declined sharply, well below those 2014 forecasts,

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but Brexit means the First Minister is seriously considering a second

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independence referendum, possibly next year.

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Some of your colleagues now talk about autumn 2018 as a likely date.

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Within that window, I guess, of when the outline of a UK deal

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becomes clear and the UK exiting the EU, I think would be

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the common-sense time for Scotland to have that choice,

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if that is the road we choose to go down.

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To be clear - you are not ruling out autumn 2018?

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Oil and independence, both confronted John Swinney as he

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deputised for the First Minister, who was in London

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Turning now to First Minister's Questions,

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Firstly, the Tories said all talk of a second independence

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This morning we had the First Minister gunning for a referendum

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I call it nonsense because most people in Scotland do not want it.

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Then, Labour spotlighted the North Sea slump.

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The truth John Swinney can't escape from is that the economic case

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for independence is well and truly bust.

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John Swinney found this twin attack familiar,

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as he recalled that Labour and Conservative had worked together

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Isn't it revealing that at the first available opportunity,

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It's like they've never had a moment apart.

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It was a magnificent performance by John Swinney,

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a rhetorical triumph, but did he answer

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No, not exactly, just to say Britain had received a bonus

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In a referendum campaign, nationalists would argue

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the fundamental Scottish economy remains robust and would be

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Then, if, when there is another referendum campaign, other things

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For example, you can bet Labour and the Tories would be

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Brian Taylor, Reporting Scotland, Holyrood.

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Back now to Brexit, and Theresa May is in Brussels this evening

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for what's expected to be her last European Council summit before

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the UK starts the formal process of leaving the EU.

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But what role, if any, is Scotland expected to play?

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Our political correspondent Nick Eardley reports from Brussels.

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Welcome to Brussels, the epicentre of European politics,

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a hub for European institutions, for negotiating and

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Theresa May was not feeling chatty as she arrived for talks

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Almost certainly her last at the top table before Brexit formally begins.

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At the end of that process, the Prime Minister says the UK

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will be out of the single market but the Scottish Government

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still hopes Scotland could be allowed to remain in.

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As she gets ready to start that formal Brexit process,

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what role is Scotland playing in all this?

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What are our politicians in Brussels doing?

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Is there any appetite for Scotland to have different

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Few know better about Scotland's relationship

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David Martin has been a member of the European Parliament

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I would say at the moment, there is sympathy and understanding

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of why the Scottish Government brought forward those proposals

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but I don't think yet that translates into support for it.

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Not everyone is convinced by a separate arrangement.

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The Spanish in particular have reservations.

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In this building, lobbying for the EU's regions takes place

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and the man who makes the case for nationalist parties

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Europe understands the Scottish people wanted to remain

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in the European Union and I think Scotland needs to take

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What happens in the end, we don't know because

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But there's a limit to what Scottish ministers can achieve.

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The EU negotiates solely with the UK Government and there's little sign

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it is about to put Scottish demands on the table.

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There's a lot of water to flow under the bridge yet.

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I'm conscious I may well sound like the last soldier

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coming out of the jungle, but I still think

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Others think overtures to Scotland are all part of Europe's game.

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The best deal, they say, is one that works for the whole UK.

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We need to be absolutely united to get the best possible deal

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because there are canny negotiators on the other side who will do

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all they can to disunite the UK to their own ends,

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to their ends, not to help Scotland or the UK, but to help themselves.

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Which of these views is reflected when UK ministers start talks

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Then the process of discussing where Scotland and the UK stand

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Nick Eardley, Reporting Scotland, in Brussels.

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400 jobs are set to be lost in Livingston at a healthcare

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manufacturer owned by Johnson Johnson.

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It's planning to close its Ethicon plant in the town.

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Most of the workforce here are local. They are involved in that

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skilled production of medical sutures for surgery, but warned by

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Johnson and Johnson they are small part of a much bigger operation and

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it seems as though size has counted against them. Today staff were

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called in to a meeting to be told that it is the company's intention

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to close here. Part of a global restructuring that the announced

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last year, which would see production moved to existing plants

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in Porto Rico, Brazil and Mexico. What will now follow is a 45-day

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consultation, but the Scottish Government has said that the focus

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is on finding a new owner for the plant as well as supporting staff.

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The unions have said they are shocked and angry but local

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politicians have been considering what it might mean for the area. We

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will call for an urgent meeting with Johnson and Johnson and to meet any

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trade unions. We want to do all we can and leave no stone unturned to

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try and ensure a secure future for this plan. Clearly if that proves

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impossible it will have a significant impact upon the local

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economy in West Lothian. Ethicon has a long history as an employer in

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this area, 14 years ago this plant survived but two others in Edinburgh

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and a distribution centre here amongst them closed, but the loss of

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850 jobs. Tonight it seems as though this plant's time is almost up.

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Police Scotland needs to urgently reassess its IT needs,

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according to spending watchdog Audit Scotland.

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It follows the collapse of a ?46 million project to create

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Fundamental flaws were discovered when the system was passed

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The contractor repaid money it received and the costs

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of developing the system, but the estimated ?200 million worth

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of savings for the force will now not be realised.

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The first of a fleet of five warships being built on the Clyde

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A bottle of whisky was broken over the bow of the 90-metre offshore

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patrol vessel this morning at BAE Systems' Scotstoun shipyard.

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She's expected to go into service next year and will be used

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for counter-terrorism, anti-smuggling and

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Rangers are a step closer to announcing their new head coach.

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Pedro Caixinha has been given permission to come to Glasgow

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He's been heavily linked with the vacancy following last

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Orginally from Portugal, Caixinha quit playing football

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at the age of 23 to study sport science and has since

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coached in Mexico, Greece and the Middle East.

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A free-runner has recreated the opening scene from Trainspotting.

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16-year-old Robbie Griffith runs, jumps and somersaults around

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The music is the same, the place is the same

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Robbie Griffith was not even born when the first film came out

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but he has put his own spin on the opening scene,

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Robbie is one of the UK's leading parkour athletes.

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He's been doing it since he was ten and even has an agent.

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Despite this, there's astonishment at how many hits the video has got.

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I had no idea it would blow up as much as it did.

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Next morning I woke up and it was over 100,000 views.

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I don't think I've ever had that many.

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I hope it helps parkour grow to a bigger audience and that more

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people recognise it so it is not about hoodlums hanging

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The boys, who became friends through a love of the sport,

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wanted to show it is fun, athletic and not dangerous.

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The video was shot in a weekend by Johnston, a film student.

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Then it took me a while afterwards to edit.

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It was a simple idea that Robbie came up to me on the Friday

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night and the next day, the next morning, we went

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Parkour has been criticised for being risky but this video

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is supposed to show how controlled and precise the movements are.

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Parkour has been recognised as a sport in the UK

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It is about discipline, control and focus.

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Suzanne Allen, Reporting Scotland, Coatbridge.

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Well, it's over to Christopher now with the weather outlook

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Thank you. Hello, good evening. Some lovely spring sunshine around today.

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Tonight, mostly dry, chilly and the countryside with rain on the Bay.

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Here is the chart, a ridge of high pressure with us to start, but you

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will see this weather front arriving tomorrow morning, bringing some

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outbreaks of rain. For many, tomorrow will be cloudy compared to

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today. Somehow the brightness but this across the Borders and the

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Lothians, up through part of five, Stirlingshire, 70 Angus and

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Aberdeenshire. Cloudy for the West and the meaning like that. Our

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breaks of rain, light and patchy. Towards the far North, Caithness and

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Shetland getting the brain. Through tomorrow, that cloud and those

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Sharia outbreaks of rain edging in words with some murky hill fog

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around the coast. Strengthening winds around the West coast.

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Brightness for the East but the cloud will turn any sunshine hazy.

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Across the UK as a whole, in the South East and East Anglia still

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some sunshine. Elsewhere the cloud moving in words. Mild in the South,

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into the Lothians, but further North, especially for us, because

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cooler day than today. Our breaks of rain. As we head to the this time

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tomorrow night that is when the real wet weather arrives. This persistent

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band of rain edges in and it is a cold front and moves through. It

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passes quickly but Saturday begins cloudy and damp. It improves, the

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rain moves and it dries up and brightens up with some lovely

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afternoon sunshine. 13 of 14 Celsius is possible. Sunday, some brightness

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around for the East coast, murk Rather the West and showers.

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Temperatures down a notch or two. To sum up the weekend, generally, mild,

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both days. Saturday begins cloudy and damp but should improve with

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sunshine by the afternoon. Some bright spots on Sunday but also a

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few showers. That is your forecast. Laura Maciver's back with updates

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during Breakfast tomorrow morning. From everyone on the late team

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here in Glasgow and around It was the most beautiful view

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I've ever been through.

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