There is a hangover from Scotland’s Vote for Independence – disappointment for the Yes voters and relief for the ‘No’ voters. Will there be another move towards Scottish Independence by the next generation? My last post remains for posterity – if articles are accessible, will most newspapers have become paid subscriptions by then?
The Telegraph gives a comprehensive overview of the Referendum resulting in Scotland remaining in the UK. It is a relief to most that we still belong together.
The E. U. is also relieved over Scotland’s NO vote – although the article in the Irish Times does reveal EU intentions – the idea of nationhood is anathema to EU aims.
“Belgian EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht, whose native Flanders region is in thrall to a growing nationalist movement, said a Scottish split would have been “cataclysmic” for Europe, triggering a domino effect across the continent. “If it had happened in Scotland, I think it would have been a political landslide on the scale of the break-up of the Soviet Union, ” said De Gucht, a liberal who does not support demands from some of his fellow Flemings for their own state. “A Europe driven by self-determination of peoples … is ungovernable because you’d have dozens of entities but areas of policy for which you need unanimity or a very large majority,” he said, adding that “parts of former countries” might behave in a very nationalistic ways.” I guess the EU must think the UK troublesome!
It does seem to me a contradiction for Scottish Nationalists to want to break away from the UK to eventually lose their identity in the mix of the EU to ultimately be governed from Brussels. At least the UK government, trying to keep ahead of UKIP, or feeling pushed along by UKIP, is offering an in-out referendum to the UK if the EU rules become non-negotiable, which most of us think will be the case. It is the UK which allowed for a Scottish say over its future, the Irish Times article makes quite clear that the EU sees nationalism as anathema to its overall aim, a Federal State.
There is now a lot of talking and negotiating, not just about Scotland but also about England, Wales and Northern Ireland. All must be treated fairly. Among other things there is the Lord Barnett Formula to discuss and decide on, which even Lord Barnett now sees as unfair. There is also the West Lothian Question; a busy autumn for Parliament.
But at least, Leslie Duncan can relax – she, along with so many others who might have been thinking the same, they don’t have to move over the border now!