NICOLA Sturgeon, Leader of the Scottish National Party and First Minister of Scotland, is obsessed about independence from the United Kingdom to the detriment of all else, except membership of the other union, the EU.
At the recent SNP conference in Aberdeen, she declared: ‘The question should be demanded of the Westminster parties – what gives you any right to deny people in Scotland our ability to choose our own future?’
Sturgeon’s demand comes from the fact that in the 2016 referendum on EU membership Scotland voted ‘Remain’, and as she expects the whole UK to accept her demands, she believes that that if Scotland says Remain (Scotland has only a similar population to Yorkshire) the rest of us must Remain too.
She conveniently forgets that we joined the EU as the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, and that therefore the referendum was based on the majority of all the UK, not on the components England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Our Accession treaty starts:
‘Treaty between the Kingdom of Belgium, the Federal Republic of Germany, the French Republic, the Italian Republic, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the Kingdom of the Netherlands (Member States of the European Communities), the Kingdom of Denmark, Ireland, the Kingdom of Norway and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland concerning the accession of the Kingdom of Denmark, Ireland, the Kingdom of Norway and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the European Economic Community.’
The terms were:
‘Whereas it is an essential feature of the legal system set up by the Treaties establishing the Communities that certain of their provisions and certain acts of the Community institutions are directly applicable, that Community law takes precedence over any national provisions conflicting with it, and that procedures exist for ensuring the uniform interpretation of this law; and whereas accession to the Communities entails recognition of the binding force of these rules, observance of which is indispensable to guarantee the effectiveness and unity of Community law.’
Before entering politics Sturgeon was a solicitor in Glasgow, and you would expect her as a law graduate to understand the above paragraph.
So before she gets over-excited, she should find out from the EU if they would accept membership of a country whose leader disregards Treaties, because being a member of the EU, presently 28 members, means you behave and act as one. The only reason I can see for the EU allowing Scotland to be a member of the EU is to take over Scottish fishing waters and asset-strip to the benefit of other EU member states coastal communities.
Thankfully from day one as Prime Minister, Boris Johnson was on the warpath against the SNP stating: ‘It really is extraordinary that the Scottish Nationalist Party is returning to the issue of fish. It is now clear that its whole policy is not just to join the euro and submit to the whole panoply of EU regulations, but to hand over control of Scottish fisheries – Arbroath smokies, kippers and all – to the EU. That is its policy, and I would like to see it try to get elected on that.’
On leaving the EU Johnson will have to make sure UK fishing policy is working immediately for the benefit of Britain; if not, the SNP will haunt him and use it to their advantage – a situation the PM would not recover from.