January 8, 2007


Doubts over automatic EU entry for an independent Scotland (HAMISH MACDONELL, 1/08/07, scotsman.com)

THE SNP's case for independence was dealt a damaging blow last night when the European Commission and senior academics challenged the Nationalists' core assumption - that an independent Scotland would automatically become a member of the European Union.

The EC stressed that Scotland's entry as a member state would have to be "negotiated" and would not be the "seamless" transition the SNP has claimed.

The Commission's representative in Scotland, Neil Mitchison, confirmed that Scotland would not be granted automatic entry into the EU, as the Nationalists insist.

"The situation is unprecedented and therefore negotiations would be needed. Things would have to be discussed and negotiated," he said.

Of course, Scotland will be followed shortly by the Basque region of Spain and various other new/old states, as secular Darwinist Europe sinks into ever more precise nationalism.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 8, 2007 8:08 AM

One assumes that the SNP forgot that nearly every EU country has some region with a group that would like to declare independence. The Belgians and Spanish, for example, can hardly be expected to support the Scottish here.

Posted by: John Thacker at January 8, 2007 9:19 AM

Won't it more difficult for these small states to support their armies of slackers?

Posted by: erp at January 8, 2007 9:43 AM

I won't believe it until every Swiss canton opts for independence from the Confederation.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at January 8, 2007 10:59 AM


Perhaps soon the city states will start clamoring to be reborn.

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 8, 2007 11:48 AM

Mrs. Erp, that's the secret selling point. It's one thing to be a parasite when the goverment is big and impersonal, and the taxpayer is distant. As the governing bodies get smaller and smaller, social pressure will remove many from the dole. There will still be broken people out there, but gaming the system is hard to do when the people paying are watching.

Posted by: Robert Mitchell Jr. at January 8, 2007 12:21 PM

It's the same with the public schools. When local communities were footing the entire bill, they were a lot less wasteful and a lot more productive.

Posted by: erp at January 8, 2007 12:31 PM

Smaller states do better economically. it's their ideology that dooms them.

Posted by: oj at January 8, 2007 12:54 PM