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The ideas and aspirations to build a better Scotland didn't end in September 2014 when we lost the referendum. Join us as we discuss and debate the ideas which will help us win the next independence referendum.


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We support an independent Scotland.

We actively encourage debate and discussion on any and all political topics but insist that contributions are conducted in a civil manner. Bad language and abuse do not contribute to understanding and will not be tolerated.

Although, we support an independent Scotland this would not preclude us from accepting articles which logically and coherently made the positive case for the union. Go on, convince us!

No individual party, politician or policies will be given preferential treatment.

We support independence and are independent.


A short timeline showing some of the major events that brought us to where we are today.

  • 2011, May 5th

    Election win

    The SNP win the Scottish Parliament election held on Thursday, May 5th, 2011. The SNP had been the party of government in the previous session but this time they had an absolute majority. An independence referendum is now inevitable as the SNP had it as a manifesto commitment.

  • 2012, May 25th

    Yes Scotland

    The lead pro-independence campaign group, Yes Scotland, was formally launched in Edinburgh on the 25th of May, 2012 with Dennis Canavan as Chairman of the advisory board and Blair Jenkins as the CEO.

  • 2012, October 15th

    The Edinburgh Agreement

    The Scottish and UK governments jointly signed The Edinburgh Agreement "to provide a clear legal basis for the holding of the Scottish independence referendum" by the end of 2014.

  • 2012, November 11th


    November 11th, our birthday. The domain yeshighland.net was registered for the first time on this day in 2012.

  • 2013, March 21st

    Referendum date announced

    The date of the referendum was announced by the Scottish Government on the 21st of March 2013. The date of the referendum would be September 18th 2014. We now had something to plan for and work towards.

  • 2013, November 26th

    Scotland's Future

    Scotland's Future was the Scottish Government's white paper on independence and the "most comprehensive blueprint for an independent country ever published".

  • 2014, September 18th

    Referendum Day

    The referendum was held on the 18th of September, 2014. The result was a win for No by a margin of 55% to 45%. Although recognising the result countless thousands of people in Scotland inspired by the message of hope by the Yes movement continue to campaign for a better, fairer and independent Scotland.

  • 2016, June 23rd


    "Scotland faces being taken out of the EU against our will. I regard that as democratically unacceptable." First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaking the day after the UK votes to leave the EU and Scotland votes to remain. This is a "material change".

  • 2017, March 13th

    ScotRef announced

    The First Minister gave a speech at her official residence, Bute House, on the 13th of March 2017 where she announced the Scottish Government's intention to hold a second independence referendum at some point before the spring of 2019.

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