Universities and Brexit: A degree of uncertainty

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The graduation season is all but over, and those attending the ceremonies have been struck by the high proportion of be-gowned foreign students collecting their parchments.

This week's Audit Scotland report into the state of Scotland's universities draws the evidence together.

It raises some big questions about the sustainability of the current model for funding higher education. It also draws attention to a neglected part of the heated debate about immigration.

And it chimes with a new report from the Fraser of Allander Institute, urging politicians of all hues and parliaments to review all their economic thinking in the wake of the Brexit vote.

The massive challenges aren't ahead, they say - they're already here.

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Curious George turns the taps from austerity to tax cuts

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Image caption George Osborne is now talking about a tax cut

There is still barely a question about the impact of Britain's exit from the European Union to which the answer is clear. On the big questions, even the options look unclear.

What we know for sure is that uncertainty is stalking the British economy. That's expected to mean business investments being stalled, and consumers postponing their bigger spending decisions.

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A man with a plan, and ruthless truth

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The Bank of England behaves a bit like a religious order. To show just how much it's on top of things, its most senior cleric intones in a sort of obscure economic theology.

Uncertainty, points out Mark Carney in his latest speech, can "weigh on employment and aggregate demand, creating disinflationary pressures, while the freeze in resource reallocation can hold back productivity and aggregate supply, creating inflationary pressures".

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Brexit upheaval: structural damage and development potential

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The markets may have found a floor, for now. Some traders have picked themselves off it.

The FTSE 100 index is back where it was before the Brexit result. But many within that corporate elite are global companies. And this was far from being an even recovery.

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Stuck in the middle with EU

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Image caption Greenland chose an Arctexit from the EU in 1985 while remaining tied to Copenhagen

I'm old enough to remember when Lib Dems were consigned to the political margins by party members' eccentric fascination with constitutional questions.

Now, the constitution feels like the only game in town. Which reminds me - whatever happened to the Liberal Democrats?

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Brexit and Consequences

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Quickly established as the dominant explanation for Thursday's referendum vote on European Union membership: the "leave" voters were largely from parts of the country and communities which feel left out of prosperity elsewhere.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says they feel abandoned, left behind and ignored, often with low-wage, insecure jobs - symbolised by a Sports Direct warehouse on the site of a former coalmine.

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Business and Brexit: whatever next?

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Has business been crying wolf? Heavily weighted to the Remain side, the voices of business Britain and corporate Caledonia raised a lot of serious concerns about the economic consequences of Brexit.

They lost the vote. And now, they're telling us they can cope with the upheaval that's being thrown at them.

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Brexit and the bottom line

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Image caption The Ford car company says it is concerned about the UK leaving the EU

Ford says a break from the European Union would cost it "hundreds of millions of pounds". That's because it's not only a manufacturer and exporter, but its finance arm is regulated as a bank.

Other motor manufacturers, headquartered in Germany, the US, Japan and India, have also voiced their concern collectively.

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Parenting: it's payback time

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Father's Day: a commercial opportunity to lavish crass cards and tacky tankards on dads.

Or less cynically, it's a time to consider what it is to have a dad, and what he means to you.

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Job hopes blown on the wind

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Once upon a time, there were high hopes of Scotland becoming an industrial powerhouse for renewable energy.

You may recall the "Saudi Arabia of renewables" rhetoric. Land was earmarked for Dundee and Leith and Renfrew and Methil. Thousands of jobs were attached to the announcements.

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