Yesterday I wrote a blog, laying out my concerns regarding the Scottish governments policy on Brexit. I said I hoped I was wrong.
I wasn’t wrong. I read through the 64 page document this morning. It gives a lot of information about elements of membership and part membership of the EU. None of which the Scottish people voted for at the EU referendum.
Quite simply, the Scottish people voted for full membership with all the advantages that this brings including a strong possibility of a referendum, in the event of Scotland voting to stay in the EU, but being dragged out against its will because of a majority in other parts of the UK. That is not what the Scottish government was addressing today in this paper.
So, to save you all reading through the whole 64 pages (a lot of which were repeating earlier parts) I have condensed it to one sentence which sums it up and sums up my fears contained in the blog I did yesterday.
Dear Mrs May.
If you wish to keep Scotland in the union, then simply come to an arrangement with the EU for the UK or indeed Scotland to retain membership of the single market or the EEA (European Economic Area).
This should not be much of a problem as I feel you will be doing that anyway.
Yes, indeed a road map at last, but unfortunately a road map to Unionism.
2 thoughts on “I Told you so”
I do not think Nicola could have done anything else just now, Bob.
But she has given the Tories a lot of points where they can squabble amongst themselves.
She has also said a lot of nice things about Europe.
Neither the Tories nor the Labour lot will want Nicola’s plan to be on the table since they have not got one.
The EU can now look at Scotland’s assets and determine whether they want them and think of ways to induce Scotland to stay in the EU or not.
I agree with you apart from that, it could be regarded as “A Road map to Unionism.”
However, I do not expect the UK government to return our control over farming and fishing, I do not expect the UK government to offer us anything more than sweeties.
Therefore Nicola has won the moral right to hold another referendum.
Secondly, Nicola has the EU leaders looking at Scotland as a new country and if they see the benefits of having Scotland in the EU they will be working out the inducements they can offer us to stay in and have them ready to present to us as soon as article 50 is triggered.
16 EU nations fish in Scotland’s fishing waters.
So we are better armed for the second referendum and Nicola has not really done anything.
Except antagonise the English who will be more ready to get rid of us.
And she has also allowed the EU to look at the facts on the Scottish economy, culture, education and other assets.
Important, because if the EU produce facts about the Scottish economy during a referendum which they will be entitled to do since they want us to stay in the EU.
The balance of the media will be seriously changed in our favour.
But right enough nothing concrete.