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Scotland's papers: Budget hole and blocking Brexit

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The SNP has boosted the possibility of Brexit being blocked or delayed by MPs if a Commons vote is called on triggering the UK's exit from the European Union, reports The Scotsman.

One of Scotland's most senior judges has said Theresa May "acted unreasonably" when she dismissed a former Sri Lankan militant's asylum bid after he claimed his life would be at risk if he returned home, says The Herald.

The Times of Scotland writes that a "97% fall" in oil revenues has left Scotland facing a massive hole in its budget, which is being filled by taxpayers throughout the rest of the UK.

However, The National leads with the words of Nicola Sturgeon who claimed that the foundations of Scotland's economy "remain strong" as figures on the country's finances showed growth of £1.9bn in onshore revenues.

The Scottish Daily Mail declares that the SNP's dream of independence is "dead in the water" after Scotland's deficit reached almost £15bn in the last financial year as revenues from North Sea oil and gas fell by "more than 50%".

Nicola Sturgeon's independence dream took a "£15bn blow" as our economy's "massive black hole" was exposed, is how The Scottish Sun reports the story.

Meanwhile, The Press and Journal writes that Scotland's oil revenues would have accounted for less than 10 hours of government spending last year.

The Daily Record says a footballer has been told to set aside £100,000 ahead of a damages action hearing brought by a woman who claims she was raped by him.

TV personality Katie Price considers herself to be "worth more than pop superstar Rihanna" - at least if the price of her UK tour is anything to go by, claims the Daily Star of Scotland.

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