28/03/2017 Reporting Scotland


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The Scottish Parliament has voted in favour of asking Westminster

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for the powers to hold a second independence referendum.

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The vote followed a heated and sometimes angry debate.

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It ended 69 to 59, with the Greens backing the SNP.

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But the UK Government says there will be no

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negotiation until the Brexit process is complete.

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Our political editor Brian Taylor reports.

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From Beijing to Bute House, Chinese visitors to Edinburgh top-up their

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The tourists are well up on the controversy

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Nicola Sturgeon acknowledges that the argument was robust,

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and she urged an open and respectful approach.

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She said she wished the Prime Minister

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well in pursuing a Brexit deal, but that was matched with a warning.

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I simply want Scotland to have a choice when the time is right.

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I hope that the UK Government will respect the will of this Parliament.

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If it does so, I will enter discussion in good faith and with a

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However, if it chooses not to do so, I will

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return to the Parliament following the Easter

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recess to set up the steps that

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the Scottish Government will take to progress

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Ruth Davidson accused the SNP of promoting

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This is not a reasonable plan of a government, it is the SNP

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cooking up the same recipe for division.

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It might have worked once, but it stinks and the

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people of Scotland are not buying it.

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The First Minister says that Scotland must have the choice of

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independence, the Prime Minister says the focus must be on the Brexit

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She argued firmly against a referendum.

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85% voted in the last referendum and voted decisively to

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That is the will of the people and it should

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My message to the First Minister remains unchanged.

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We are divided enough, do not

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The Liberal Democrats say you don't fix Brexit by breaking the UK.

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The decision to withdraw from Europe broke my heart.

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As an internationalist, my response could

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never be to up sticks from the one union of nations I have left.

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The greens backed the SNP and insisted

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Brexited changed everything for Scotland.

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We face being dragged out of the single market with no mandate

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from the people of the UK or Scotland.

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The SNP plus Green equals a majority demand for

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Applause, cheers, but a solemn looking First Minister,

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Chief among them, convincing the Prime

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Minister to grant Holyrood the

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Despite a majority, that will require

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persuasion, pressure and that will be complex.

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The vote went as expected and the First Minister has a mandate

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now to seek permission for a second

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But Westminster is emphatic that now is not the time.

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The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Secretary David Mundell

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People need to know what the choices on offer are. And until Brexit is

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complete, people could not possibly know what they are alternatives

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were. -- what the alternatives were. That is why we are saying no one now

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and will not be entering into negotiations until the Brexit

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process is complete. Now is the time for the Scottish Government to come

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together with the UK Government, work together to get the best

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possible deal for the UK and that will mean a full Scotland also, as

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we leave the EU. So following this evening's vote,

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the Scottish Government will write to the UK Government to formally

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request the power to hold an independence referendum

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between Autumn next year But the Prime Minister, Theresa May,

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has already made pretty clear So what now for the to

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sides in this debate? Our political correspondent,

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Glenn Campbell reports. Near Falkirk, voters have

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conflicting advice for the Prime Minister on how to deal

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with a formal request from the First Minister for the power to hold

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another independence vote. I think we have to wait

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and see what happens It just seems ludicrous to jump

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into a decision before we know I don't think she can

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say no, because, knowing the Scottish psyche,

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if she says no, people up here are just going to be up in arms

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and say, OK, what right has she got

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to tell us what to do? But it doesn't look like Theresa May

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will feel obliged to bow If the Prime Minister

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will not budge, the Scottish Government could call

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a referendum anyway. But that would be open

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to legal challenge, and the chairman of the yes campaign in 2014

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thinks it could go wrong. The problem there is,

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I think, that a lot of the unionist people,

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a lot of the people that voted no last time, will say stuff this

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referendum, we are not going to take

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part, and if there is a massive boycott,

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the result would be lacking

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in credibility. What about having an early Holyrood

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election and making is the I am not going to propose

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that at this stage. But it is maybe

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a possibility that the The 2014 referendum

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took place after the UK and Scottish governments

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agreed the terms. SNP ministers want

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to replicate that. But this former Conservative

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adviser thinks Theresa We think that people do not want

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a referendum right now, If they can take this to the general

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election in 2020, and the Scottish election in 2021,

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they think they could What they have to watch

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is the narrative of a London, Tory Government saying no to something

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the Scottish Parliament It could have severe

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long-term consequences. Might it be in the Prime

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Minister's entrusts She may not need to get

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Nicola Sturgeon onside, but it would help her to not have this constant

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issue in the background as she is trying to conduct

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those negotiations. One way to avoid that being a major

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distraction is to have some sort of agreement

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for a referendum at some point in future, after

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the negotiations are complete. But, right now, the two

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sides seem as far Today's vote at Holyrood

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was held back from last week following the terrorist attack

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on Westminster, which included the murder of police

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constable Keith Palmer. Today, Police Scotland deployed

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officers armed with tasers Senior officers say it's NOT

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in response to any specific threat. Our Home Affairs Correspondent,

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Reevel Alderson reports. Firearms officers are to be on duty

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24 hours a day at Holyrood but Armed response officers

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with are already on routine patrol around the area and on other

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iconic locations throughout Scotland to follow a review of security in

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the wake of the Westminster attack. I'm not suggesting

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for a minute that we jump straight into

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arming the police. But rank and file police,

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meeting in annual conference, heard They asked a series

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of questions of the Government. ready access to specialist firearms

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officers and firearms? What impact is the

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financial cuts having on these specialist officers

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and their equipment? And when the Government said

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they expected more for less, What more can an officer

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give than his life? The conference heard

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unarmed police were Members called for the equipment

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they need to protect themselves and the public even if it

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meant being armed. We know that society in Scotland

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is maybe not ready for that particular step, but there has to be

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an education programme taking place, there has to be an understanding

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that police officers put their lives at risk every day and if we ask

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the police to protect the politic we have to ask the question -

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how do we protect the police? Police Scotland now has 600

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officers, trained to The number of armed

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response vehicles available almost trebled

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in the past six months. Senior officers said the security

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threat was under constant review, based on intelligence

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here and the wider UK. What you see in Holyrood today

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is a were you dented measure, operational contingency not

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in relation to any threat. I can reassure people

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that we constantly practice our test

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and response in times of crisis or extreme need

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and what you have seen over

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the last few days, is those plans kicking

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into place, at speed and without any

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hesitation, right across Scotland. Armed officers in

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Aberdeen this afternoon. It wasn't a firearms incident,

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but this may become a more The targeted waiting times

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for cancer treatments in Scotland have been missed for the fourth year

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in a row. The Government target is 95%

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of patients starting Figures published today show that

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only 87 per cent of patients Only five out of 14 health

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boards met the target. Average speed cameras

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are to be installed The Scottish Government says

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there have been 60 fatal and serious collisions on the route in the last

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five years, and action is needed. The new system will start

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operating this Autumn, replacing the existing

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fixed and mobile cameras. More than 400,000 people

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in Scotland are now saving into a workplace

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pension through auto-enrolment. The scheme was introduced five years

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ago by the UK Government, to encourage more people

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to save towards their retirement. But some businesses have warned

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of the rising cost they'll have Well, It's over to Christopher now

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for tonight and tomorrow's weather. Was cloudy for many of us today and

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still cloudy now. The rain is fizzling and fading away, so most of

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us will get dryness tonight, but cloudiness. Reasonably mild, too.

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The wet weather is fading away and leaving most of us dry and it is a

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dry store tomorrow, too. But cloudy quite misty and misty and murky and

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places, particularly across the south-west through Dumfries and

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Galloway and parts of South Ayrshire and Lanarkshire. It is a dry, and

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loudest, temperatures 7-9 C: mild, that is cool in the north-east and

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perhaps the final. Generally though, cloudy, grey and dry. It doesn't

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stay like that though, because through the course of the morning,

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in the South west of the rain starts to arrive and move northwards

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through the course of the day. Bands of rain pushing central belt by

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lunchtime. Through -- across the UK as a whole it is connected to an

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area of low pressure and rain is coming up to the north of England

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through Wales on the south-west. The Midlands and down to the Saudis,

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dry, cloudy, temperatures in the mid teens and it will be cold tomorrow,

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but it will do well. -- but it will teens and it will be cold tomorrow,

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be wet. Into Wednesday night, the wet weather holds on and slowly

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eases off to leave things reasonably dry for a time. Was that rain

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clears, there is more on its way from the south. Thursday, cloudy and

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damp to start, but it should clear away. At some point during the

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afternoon, drying out with sunshine coming through at times and in the

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sunshine, pleasantly warm temperatures 15-16 C.

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Our next update is during Breakfast at 6.25am tomorrow morning.

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But, from everyone on the late team here in Glasgow

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One man had the vision to take inspiration from the ancient

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