March 22, 2017

Sturgeon: Independent Scotland to Keep Pound, Apply for EU Membership

20 March 2017, 05:19 | Rodolfo Wallace

Sturgeon: Independent Scotland to Keep Pound, Apply for EU Membership

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Wales - together with England - voted in favour of leaving the European Union, while Scotland and Northern Ireland opted to remain.

Keith Brown hit out at the Conservatives as the Westminster Government clashed with Nicola Sturgeon's SNP administration over the prospect of a second independence referendum.

The basic logic behind this referendum is absurd.

Maybe they reach sexual maturity very young in Scotland. Low oil prices and the gradual depletion of the North Sea oil fields have cut the Scottish government's tax take from North Sea oil revenue from $14.2 billion in 2008-09 to only $2.2 billion in 2015 and a mere $73 million this year.

There is nothing to distinguish the position of the SNP from numerous other bourgeois tendencies throughout Britain and Europe, who profess their commitment to "progressive values", to "free movement" of labour (or at least skilled European labour) and even "internationalism" exclusively from the standpoint of securing continued participation in the EU as a trading bloc dominated by the transnational corporations and financial institutions. This would bring with it other clear drawbacks. At no stage do they explain why the necessarily global 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. Moreover, Iceland is now insisting Scotland would not be able to transition seamlessly to independence within the Single Market either. With this new commitment to "an independent Scotland within the Community, the charge of separatism disappears", argued Sillars at the time. 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. "Independence is exactly what Scotland needs in order to rid the birthplace of Adam Smith of socialism once and for all - after a brutal but necessary learning experience".

The poll for the Daily Telegraph found that while 59% of people across the United Kingdom were opposed to Scotland leaving the United Kingdom, nearly the same number said Brexit was more important than the potential break-up of the Union.

Sturgeon warned May against trying to block a referendum.

Both the EU Referendum and the first Scottish independence referendum were decades in the making. Over half of those asked just don't want another referendum any time soon.

The latest Panelbase poll for the Sunday Times newspaper put support for Scottish independence at 44 percent, while 56 percent backed staying in the UK.

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'The status quo has been overtaken by events because unless powers now with the European Union are repatriated from Brussels to the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assembly and the regions, Whitehall will have perpetrated one of the biggest power grabs by further centralising power. employment and energy. She is right to do so. It would also mean Scotland would not be bound by the EU's agricultural or fisheries policies, foreign policy, or common defense policy.

May has said she will not agree to any referendum taking place before Brexit, telling Sturgeon "now is not the time" for the vote to be re-run.

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The SNP's cynicism in demanding this referendum now seems to have a hint of desperation behind it.

Scotland is divided on whether to wait for Brexit negotiations to be final before having another vote on independence or not, a new poll suggests.

However, the SNP's Michael Russell, minister for United Kingdom negotiations on Scotland's place in Europe, indicated that he hadn't been consulted.

The SNP have done well to begin to unhitch their wagon from the European Union, but they need to further rethink their vision for Scotland.

In a reference to 2014's No campaign, he added: "It does show us that Project Fear is back, and back in spades".

Yet Brexit creates problems for the nationalists, too.

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