A Toxic Legacy Hangs Over Scotland's Brexit War

Posted March 20, 2017

At no stage do they explain why the necessarily worldwide struggle for socialism makes separation either desirable or necessary, because in reality they have no intention of fighting for a "socialist" Scotland, England, Europe or anywhere else.

The point is that, in the course of the first referendum on Scottish independence, though 55 percent voted no, as opposed to the 45 percent who voted yes, a national consciousness was raised that is not going to sleep any time soon.

"Thirteen mentions of independence or being independent, yet not one mention of poverty - the SNP's priorities neatly summed up". Scotland's deficit, larger than that of any EU Member State, would be a major obstacle to Sturgeon's original plan to have an independent Scotland join the EU.

As the SNP probes its way towards a second referendum we have had confirmation that the party would seek to take an independent Scotland back into Europe.

May is a unionist and will fight hard to keep Britain together but her government will be stretched in trying to negotiate a "good deal" with the European Union and keeping vocal eurosceptics in her ruling Conservatives onboard.

In an interview on ITV's Peston on Sunday programme, Miss Sturgeon admitted there may be "room for discussions" about the timing of the proposed referendum.

"And I will always ensure the voices and interests of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are represented as we negotiate to leave the EU".

All that is required to accept this account is to ignore the SNP's role as a representative of Scottish business interests that has spent its years imposing the cuts demanded by Westminster-and which would do the same if cuts were demanded by Edinburgh and Brussels.

The motion, which will be debated tomorrow and Wednesday, "mandates" the Scottish Government to start negotiations with the UK Government over holding a rerun of the 2014 referendum.

'The starting point for consideration is that Scotland would use the pound, ' she said.

Mr Brown used his platform at the inaugural Adam Smith Festival of Ideas in Kirkcaldy to target the third way which he says is "critical to the future of our country".

The First Minister has insisted there will be a legal independence referendum before the UK leaves the European Union despite the UK Government saying it will not grant one. It would also mean Scotland would not be bound by the EU's agricultural or fisheries policies, foreign policy, or common defense policy.

The stand-off emerged this week when Sturgeon called for a referendum between Autumn of 2018 and Spring 2019.

"We will set out a very clear proposition but I think it is right. that we do very serious work before we come to putting that proposition forward", Sturgeon said. As the Prime Minister said, politics in not a game, and it would be an insult to the people of Scotland, and the rest of the United Kingdom, to continue asking this question every few years, every time the SNP finds a grievance to play up.

"In 2014, when I was arguing the case for independence, the United Kingdom was very firmly in the EU", Sturgeon said.

The Government has ruled out a vote before the end of Brexit negotiations, and Theresa May has told Sturgeon "politics is not a game".

Apart from London, Scotland faces opposition from several other European Union states including Spain, which is facing independence campaigns from several regions, and whose leaders have said that a newly independent state would have to go through a years-long negotiation process to rejoin the bloc.