Scotland and the EU.
Baroso is on record as saying “an independent Scotland would have to negotiate entry into the European Union”. Finland’s negotiations took three years. The SNP counter with “but of course they would let us in, why wouldn’t they?” and that negotiations would take just 18 months. The answer to that is simple. Several countries in the Union have regions with significant secessionist movements: Spain (Catalonia, the Basque country), France (the Basque country), Italy (South Tyroll). Spain have already indicated they would have serious issues with Scotland being let in without at a fight, lest it encourage the Catalans who’re voting soon in a non-binding referendum.
It shouldn’t matter, but it does. The Scots are therefore probably about to have a referendum on continued EU membership, and they’re the most Euro-enthusiast nation of the UK. There’s no reason why a small country can’t prosper outside the EU, like Norway one of the Richest countries in the world, so why is the SNP’s line so patently dishonest?
Can someone with better knowledge of Scots politics tell me why the normally competent Alec Salmond has let himself be caught in such an obvious bear-trap?
Because he like many others, has begun to believe his own press.
When the lie's so big they even manage to fool themselves. Add an extremely large dose of arrogance and it's bound to catch up with any politician even an apparently "talented" one. Mind you, everything's relative.
significant secessionist movements: Spain (Catalonia, the Basque country)+ Galicia, Navare and the Balearics, France (the Basque country) + Brittany, Alsace and Corsica, Italy (South Tyroll)+ the entire north.
If Scotland is to be regarded as a new applicant to the EU then surely the rump United Kingdom Of England & N. Ireland would have to be likewise?
Because it needs to seem as if the extravagant Scottish welfare state can survive independence.
"If Scotland is to be regarded as a new applicant to the EU then surely the rump United Kingdom Of England & N. Ireland would have to be likewise?"
Because the UK minus Scotland would clearly be the successor state of the UK and would therefore inherit its international responsibilities.
Scotland isn't going to vote for independance and everybody knows this.
When, after 40 years of strutting and posturing they say no, that's when it gets interesting.