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2014 ♦ 2015 ♦ 2016 ♦ 2017

Locations of events are indicated by flags

2014

September

18th September

Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland

- Votes Announced: Overwhelming Majority vote "yes"

- Alex Salmond makes a press statement, saying he is delighted with the result, but warns that the road to independence is not yet over. He also states that he intends for the new country to work closely with the UK and other countries on the international stage.

19th September

- Mass celebrations begin in many Scottish cities, though there are some scuffles as pro-Union supporters wave Union Flags.

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London, United Kingdom

London Stock Exchange

- David Cameron makes a press speech in which he states that he is "disappointed" with the result, but respects the Scottish people's choice, and that the British and Scottish people should continue to work together and remember what they have in common. There are many calls for Cameron to resign after failing to preserve the union.

- Share prices in the London Stock Exchange fall by up to 10% and the Pound starts to fall against most major currencies. Beginnings of Financial Crisis.

Flag of Spain.svg Spain

- Catalan Parliament welcomes result, whilst the Spanish government urges caution, signalling that whilst they will happily work with an independent Scotland, this must not come at the expense of Spanish integrity.

20th September

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom

David Cameron announces his resignation as Prime Minister in the wake of the Scottish independence referendum.

- David Cameron announces his resignation as Conservative Leader, but states that he will stay as Prime Minister until the new leader is chosen.

- There are calls for the UK General Election to be postponed until 2016, as Scottish MPs will affect the vote, especially with the idea that "Scottish Labour MP's could deliver a Labour government that would have no mandate in the rest of the UK."

- Many international leaders release statements congratulating the Scottish people and the democracy used, and their aim to continue to work with both the UK and Scotland.

- Many multinational corporations announce plans to relocate their main offices to London, Many hotels in Scotland notice many cancellations from English tourists. The Royal Bank of Scotland announces that while it will keep offices in Scotland, it will locate its headquarters in London.

2007 Flag of Orkney.svg Western Isles Council Flag.svg Flag of Shetland.svg The Northern and Western Islands

- The Orkney, the Outer Hebrides and the Shetland Islands all call for a second referendum on whether they should join Scotland, or become independent/have affiliation with the UK.

23rd September

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London, United Kingdom

- Theresa May, Andrea Leadsom, Michael Gove, Liam Fox and Stephen Crabb all announce that they will run to become the next Conservative Leader.

27th September

Flag of Spain.svg Spain

- Spanish government announces it will block the efforts of Catalonia. The Spanish Constitutional Court decides to hear the case on 29th September.

29th September

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London, United Kingdom

- A vote of no confidence is held by the Labour party but fended off by the coalition government.

October

7th October

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London, United Kingdom

- Theresa May is elected Leader of the Conservatives, and becomes is invited by the Queen to form a government after Cameron steps down. David Davis is appointed by May to be the inaugural Secretary of States for Scottish Independence.

8th October

Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland

- Scottish Parliament nominates John Swinney as their chief negotiator

December

2nd December

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg LondonUnited Kingdom

- British Government directs Electoral Commission to begin drafting new parliamentary boundaries to be finalized for post-Independence constituencies; options include reducing the number of seats to 600, or remaining with 650 seats.

2015

February

2nd February

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London, United Kingdom

- After preliminary talks stall over the usage of the Pound Sterling, David Davis states that Scotland is “free to use sterling in the same way they use the US dollar in Zimbabwe but there will be no influence on UK or Bank of England policy, and no banking or fiscal or true currency union.”

5th February

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom

- Plaid Cymru announces plans to hold an informal referendum on more devolved powers in Wales .

- Buckingham Palace announces that Her Majesty is planning on appointing Lord Steel of Aikwood as first Governor-General of Scotland .

March

30th March

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom

- Dissolution of Parliament (the 55th); campaigning officially begins for the 2015 General Election

May

2nd May

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom

- Last day to file nomination papers, to register to vote, and to request a postal vote

7th May

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom

- Polling day for the 2015 General Election; polls open at 7am until 10pm, with exit polls showing a hung parliament, with a large swing for the SNP within Scotland.

8th May

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom

- Final results come in; the Conservatives find themselves with a net reduction of 1 seat, whilst Labour has a net loss of two; the SNP sees a surge in support, winning 56 of 59 Scottish seats. The Liberal Democrats further lose 48 seats, meaning the coalition government, effectively dissolved, no longer has a majority. May begins announcing her cabinet.

18th May

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom

- New Parliament (the 56th) assembled

16th May

Flag of Scotland (traditional).svg Scotland

- The Church of Scotland votes to allow the ordination of gay minister in civil partnerships.

27th

June

15th June

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom

- The Royal Family, Theresa May, the Archbishop of Canterbury and other dignitaries attend a ceremony at Runnymede, marking the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.

18th June

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom

- A Government report shows that the Palace of Westminister is in urgent need of repair, and recommends that MPs leave the buildings for two years in order for repairs to take place

July

2nd July

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Birmingham, United Kingdom

- The British and Scottish negotiation teams meet in Birmingham to begin discussions on independence.

7th July

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom

- The country observes the 10th anniversary of the 7/7 attacks.

5th July

Flag of Scotland.svg United Nations Flag.PNG Scotland

- UNESCO gives World Heritage to the Forth Bridge, on of Scotland's best-known structures.

September

9th September

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom

- Queen Elizabeth II surpasses her 2nd great grandmother Queen Victoria as Britain's longest reigning monarch.

Flag of Scotland (traditional).svg Scotland

- Scottish Borders Railway, which was originally begun by the British Government, is officially opened by Elizabeth II.

16th September

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Birmingham, United Kingdom

- German, French and EU diplomats are invited to fringe negotiations to begin discussions on the future relationship between Scotland and the European Union, as well as with NATO. Spain urges caution.

19th September

Flag of Scotland (traditional).svg Scotland

- Scottish Nationals hold "One Year On" Referendum Celebrations, lead by Salmond, Swinney and Sturgeon.

23rd September

Flag of Europe.svg European Union

- EU-Scottish talks finally break ground: Spain withdraws some of their objections, on the condition that Scotland does not "interfere with the internal affairs of Spain".

2016

February

8th February

Flag of Scotland (traditional).svg Scotland

- Natural Gas from the North Sea Fields begins to flow from a new plant on Shetland operated by Total.

- Scotland passes an amnesty law, pardoning men who were cautioned or convicted under historical legislation which outlawed Homosexual Acts.

March

24th March

Flag of Scotland (traditional).svg Edinburgh, Scotland

- The last coal-fired plant in Scotland, Longannet Power Station, is closed.

April

3rd April

Global

Release of 'Panama Papers' showing the names and assets of thousands in overseas accounts, involving many government officials and their associates around the world.

10th April

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom

- After the crisis left by TATA announcing the sale of its Steel Plants in Britain, the Labour Government agrees to buy a large share in them, essentially nationalising it with a small private investment.

2017

January

27th January

Flag of Scotland (traditional).svg Scotland

- Scottish Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and other Scottish leaders condemns the US move on banning immigration from various Muslim-majority nations.

February

11th February

Flag of Scotland (traditional).svg Edinburgh, Scotland

- Alongside global protests, 'Scotland against Trump' organises a peaceful protests against Trump, including speeches.

March

22nd March

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London, United Kingdom

- A terror attack at the Palace of Westminster, London, results in five people dead and fifty others injured.

May

22nd May

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Manchester, United Kingdom

- A suicide bombing was carried out at Manchester Arena following a concert by American singer Ariana Grande as part of her 2017 Dangerous Woman Tour. The perpetuator was identified as Salman Ramadan Abedi, a 22-year-old British citizen who detonated a shrapnel-laden improvised explosive device at the exit of the arena as the event was ending. 23 were killed (including the perpetuator) while 116 remain injured. Among those killed were ten people under the age of 20.

June

17th June

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London, United Kingdom

- A van is driven into pedestrians near a mosque. 1 is killed while 11 others are injured. Police detain Darren Osborne of which the motive is Islamophobia.

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