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    Thursday: Polling for an independent Scotland hits 50%, so is a fresh referendum on the cards for 2018? And the problems facing the Irish tourist industry as its biggest market prepares to exit the European Union.

     

    As a new survey of Scottish public opinion puts support for independence from the UK at fifty percent, Scottish National Party leader and First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, has said the “common sense” time to hold a second independence referendum would be autumn next year. But how likely are the UK to grant a second referendum before the UK exits the EU?

    As countries around the world, including some of America’s own allies, begin to formally investigate the scale of the CIA’s global hacking and surveillance activity, how badly damaged is US intelligence and what additional steps might they take to tighten up their internal networks?

    Brexit poses a significant challenge to Irish tourism in both the immediate term and longer term…. That’s according to the Irish Tourist Industry Confederation, who’ve released a “call for action” aimed at protecting the Republic of Ireland’s tourist industry against the impact of its closest neighbors exiting the European Union.

     

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    European Union, CIA, Nicola Sturgeon, Julian Assange, United States, Scotland, Ireland
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