THE Herald has launched a major new series called Beyond Brexit, looking at how leaving the EU would affect Scotland.
The Glasgow-based broadsheet today (Tuesday Nov 15) devoted the whole of its front page and two inside spreads to the launch, along with an 800-word leader.
It plans big hits on the series between now and next week’s Autumn Statement where the implications of the June 23 vote is expected to underpin many of Chancellor, Philip Hammond’s measures.
Scotland voted overwhelmingly to ‘remain’ and acting editor-in-chief, Graeme Smith, said the aim of Beyond Brexit was to highlight Scottish solutions to the many problems thrown up by the vote to Leave.
The exclusive splash on day one by chief reporter, David Leask, and political editor, Tom Gordon, was based on comments by respected academics who said Scots would be able to maintain access to the single market by using an adapted passport.
The Herald story said it was understood First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, and the Scottish Government were actively looking at such a plan.
Smith said: “Our specialist reporters have been working on this for a number of weeks and have unearthed a huge amount of fascinating material.
“Over the coming days, Beyond Brexit will be looking at various sectors including immigration, transport, health, education, business, sport and local government.
“By speaking to experts advising the Scottish Government, we aim to suggest some solutions to provide a comprehensive plan to ensure Scotland is best placed to deal with the fallout from Brexit.”
The Beyond Brexit content was co-ordinated by group news editor, David McCann, who, along with the paper’s specialist correspondents, took time off diary to work up material.
Former Sunday Herald editor, Richard Walker, was brought in to design special layouts for the series.
The paper’s website, www.heraldscotland.com, will carry all the content and will have a special Beyond Brexit section where the material can be found together.
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