The Conference

You’re invited.

Scottish Sovereignty Research Group Conference

29,30,31 July 2022 at the Carnegie Conference Centre Dunfermline

Come and take part in SSRG’s first conference and play your part in helping to shape the future of Scotland.

Your Ticket

Tickets cost £25 for the full three days of the conference including for any breakout meetings you wish to attend. Refreshments and meals may be purchased separately from the venue’s restaurant.

The Conference

EMPOWERING THE NATION is a deliberately ambitious event where we will cover many of the important issues currently facing Scotland, discussed by well-known expert speakers from Scotland, other parts of the UK, and further afield including Prof Alf Baird, Prof Richard Murphy, Sara Salyers, Prof Paul MacCartney, Billy Kay, Peter A Bell, Dr Tim Rideout and many more to be announced.

We’ll be covering:

• Six Routes to Self-Determination
• Scotland’s economy post independence, currency, taxation and more
• Language, Culture and Identity
• Land Ownership and Natural Resources
• Scotland’s Defence requirements and policies
• Media Ownership and Regulation
• International Recognition and Relations, EU, EFTA and more
• Strategic National Infrastructure & Trade
• Scotland’s Constitution – the Historic Constitution, based on the Claim of Right, and the development of a modern written constitution

EMPOWERING THE NATION is not just a conference though. Delegates (that’s you) are invited to participate and contribute to work streams related to each of the topics, with the aim of generating practical follow-up actions in each of the topic areas.

Friday, 29 July: Day One


10:00 - 12:00

Canmore Suite


Come along 11, meet the organisers and your fellow delegates, have a bite to eat before the conference starts at 2pm. Remember to bring your ticket!


13:00 - 13:15

Canmore Suite

Introduction and Welcome

SSRG Founder: Dr Mark McNaught

Mark will go through the agenda for the next three days and set out the aims of the conference.


13:15 - 15:00

Canmore Suite

Six Routes To Self Determination

Speakers: SSRG and others to be confirmed

Mark will introduce the speakers who will present on each on these routes.

The presentations will cover a number of defined routes and principles whereby Scotland could become a normal country

  • Section 30-enabled referendum and Scottish Government-organised referendums, ie, no Section 30
  • Plebiscitory Election
  • Manifesto for Indy
  • Claim of Right
  • UN Decolonisation Process

15:30 - 17:00

Canmore Suite

Scotland’s Economy, Currency, Taxation, Banking and other factors

Speakers: To be confirmed


18:00 - 19:30

Canmore Suite

Televised ‘Scottish Questions’

Televised “Scottish Questions” live recording of “Scottish Questions” with a balanced expert panel and chair.

This programme will be recorded as live and is scheduled for broadcast on Sky Channel 191 at 9pm

Saturday, 30 July: Day Two


9:15 - 10:15

Canmore Suite

Language, Culture & Identity

Speakers: Billy Kay, Professor Alf Baird

Scottish Languages, Culture & Identity. Panel discussion followed by audience Q&A

10:30 - 11:30

Canmore Suite

Land Ownership, Taxation and Natural Resources

Speakers: Graeme McCormack and one more to be confirmed

Land Ownership, Taxation, and Natural Resources Ownership in Scotland, today and in an independent Scotland

11:45 - 12:45

Canmore Suite

Media Ownership and Regulation

Speakers: David Henry and others to be confirmed


15:30 - 16:30

Canmore Suite

Defence requirements and Policy in Scotland

Speaker: To be confirmed


16:45 - 18:00

Canmore Suite

International Law & Relations, Recognition, the EU and EFTA

Speakers: Prof Paul McCartney, David Younger and others to be confirmed

The key questions about how an independent Scotland will fit in the world and be recognised as a full member of the international community

18:30 - 19:30

Canmore Suite

Play: 3000 Trees

A one-man play starring Andy Paterson , about the Life and untimely Death of Willie MacRae

£10 admission, licensed bar

Sunday 31 July: Day Three


9:15 - 10:15

Canmore Suite

Strategic Infrastructure and Trade

Speakers: Professor Alf Baird, Gordon Ross (Indecar) and others to be confirmed

Scotland’s strategic infrastructure has been sold off and under-invested for decades, leaving us seriously uncompetitive. How should this be
rectified ?

10:30 - 12:00

Canmore Suite

A Constitution for Scotland

Speakers: Dr Mark McNaught, Sara Salyers, Dr Elliot Bulmer

Sara will cover Scotland’s own historic constitution, uncovered in her work on the Claim of Right. Mark and Elliot will discuss how our historic constitution can feed and develop a modern constitution for Scotland.


13:30 - 16:00

Canmore Suite

Next Steps

Group Facilitators

Findings, Conclusions and Actionable Outcomes from Group Working Sessions on all policy areas and calls for specific actions.

16:15 - 16:30

Canmore Suite

Close of Conference