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Events & Roadshows

You’re invited.

Want to find out why re-running indyref1 isn’t the best way of restoring our independence? We’re running roadshows on all things independence across the country plus a conference in July. Come along, learn about your Sovereignty and contribute to the discussion.

Around the Country Roadshows

Come along. We’ll be in Aberdeen, Inverness, Edinburgh, Dumfries, Glasgow, Perth, Markinch and Dunfermline.

National Conference

A three-day convention from 29-31 July on independence and Ending the Union

Saturday, 30 April: A Written Constitution & the Legal System

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10:30 - 16:30

Station Hotel, Aberdeen AB11 6GN

Constitution & Legal System

Event Organiser: Geoff Bush

This roadshow will discuss the need for a written constitution for Scotland, the electoral franchise and related audit bodies. Also included in a busy agenda are local authority reform and how to achieve more local democracy.

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11:00am – 1:00pm

Room 3

Written Constitution

Speaker: Dr Mark McNaught

Mark will present the need for a written constitution for an independent Scotland and look at other countries’ constitutions. The UK is famous – or infamous – for having what’s called an ‘unwritten’ constitution. An independent Scotland needs to avoid that approach.

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11:00am – 1:00pm

Room 3

The Electoral Franchise

Speaker: Yvonne Ridley

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2:00pm – 4:00pm

Room 3

Improving Local Government

Speaker: Lesley Riddoch

Lesley is a well-known broadcaster and evangelist for restoring our independence. She, along with Phantom Power Films, produced and narrated the Nation films about our small, independent neighbours, Iceland, the Faroes and Norway. Her roadshow presentation is on another subject that she’s very passionate about, that of bringing local democracy closer to people.

Saturday, 14 May: Individual Rights & Responsibilities

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18:00

Station Hotel, Aberdeen

Individual Rights & Responsibilities

Event Organiser: David Henry

Saturday 28 May: Currency & Economic System

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Central Bank, Currency, Economic Organisation

Speaker: Dr Tim Rideout

Those who attended the 2019 SNP conference will remember Tim Rideout’s speech at which the membership voted against the leadership and passed the motion to establish a Scottish currency as soon after independence as practicable.

Tim will discuss the process and timetable for the introduction of the new Scottish currency.

Saturday 4 June: Relations with Europe & rUK

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Edinburgh

Relations with Europe & rUK

Speaker: Jim Sillars

Jim will discuss Scotland’s relations with rUK after independence and how trade will continue with England & Wales. Trade with the EU will also be on the agenda with Jim arguing that EFTA, not the EU is the better organisation for an independent Scotland to join.

Jim Sillars is one of Scotland’s best known politicians. He founded the pro home rule Scottish Labour Party and served as the SNP’s deputy leader from 1991 to 1992.

Saturday 11 June: International Recognition & Relations

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International Recognition & Relations

Speakers: David Younger and Paul McCartney

David is part of the team at SSRG and was a contributor to advice given to the EU Commission on the status of Scotland within the EU post independence. He and Paul will discuss international recognition for Scotland after it withdraws from the Treaty of Union.

Saturday 18 June: Media, Language & Culture

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Glasgow

Media, Language & Culture

Speaker: Professor Alf Baird

In this fascinating presentation, Prof Baird tackles the British war that has been waged on Scottish culture head on. Historically the Scots have suffered more than most from a heavy dose of British Anglophone cultural imperialism.

He says that only national sovereignty and independence can guarantee of national culture, and that therefore Scotland needs to halt the ongoing ‘symbolic violence’ inflicted on its people and allow Scottish culture and the Scots language, which collectively form the basis of Scottish identity and hence national consciousness, to develop naturally and respectfully and without undue external influence and domination.

Saturday 25 June: Defence

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Perth

Defending an Independent Scotland

Speaker: Andrew Parrot

Lt-Col (Retd) Andrew Parrot is co-author of the 2013 publication, Securing the Nation, a report on what the security priorities should be for the government of a newly independent Scotland; and what a Scottish Defence Force (SDF) should look like in order to meet these priorities.

Saturday 4 July: A Digital Democracy

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Markinch

A Digital Democracy

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At the turn of the century, Estonia embarked on a mission to technologically transform its society. It would go on to become world-renowned for its digital-first ethos and has seen Estonia rise to become one of the most digitally advanced nations in Europe.

Is this a template that an independent Scotland could or should adopt?

Saturday 16 July: Strategic Infrastructure

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Inverness

Strategic Infrastructure

Speaker: Professor Alf Baird

Prof Baird was, prior to his retirement in 2016, Professor of Maritime Business and Director of the Maritime Research Group at Edinburgh Napier University and holds a PhD in Strategic Management in Global Shipping.

He will discuss the reality of Scotland’s outdated obsolete seaports, and its embarrassing lack of sophisticated, frequent international shipping connections with the outside world.

His vision for an independent Scotland is to develop two major national strategic port priorities and opportunities: at Cockenzie on the site of the former power station aimed at developing intra-European trade, and the unique natural deep-water harbour of Scapa Flow, positioned as it is at the crossroads of the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.

Also on the agenda will the wider strategic transport and utility imperatives needed for independence like the road and rail networks, and energy and communications distribution and ownership.

29 – 31 July: End the Union – An Independence Convention

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Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline

The Convention

A three-day independence conference and convention.

 

Register for the Conference

The independence conference is being held over three days from July 29 to July 31. To register your interest, please fill in the form.