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“Transitional arrangements” for Scotland if it gains independence? July 1, 2016

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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Where the day before yesterday there seemed to be sympathy but something of a rebuff for the SNP from the EU in relation to it remaining a part once the UK – whatever that may be departs, yesterday we had this:

Discussions on transitional arrangements for an independent Scotland to remain in the European Union (EU) after the UK leaves are taking place in Brussels, a former senior adviser to the European Commission (EC) has disclosed.

As the Press Association reports, Dr Kirsty Hughes told MSPs discussions are taking place about putting Scotland in a “transitional holding pen” after Brexit to avoid “an absurd out and then in process”.

There’s more:

She urged MSPs to hold a second independence referendum by summer 2017 at the latest, if it is judged to be in the best interests of Scotland, to allow the EU to start work on these transitional arrangements.

However, she warned the EU “does not want a mini-UK” and said Scotland is unlikely to keep the UK’s “awkward squad” opt-outs of the euro, justice and home affairs and the UK budget rebate.

Some or all of the above may be an issue. A lot depends. But that such views are being articulated publicly…. remarkable.

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1. benmadigan - July 1, 2016

Great news – way forward.
Now let’s hope Enda gets the finger out for NI and a re-united ireland – that is of course unless he’s not too busy being England’s new best friend.
Someone might like to remind him he’s got 26 allies in the EU

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WorldbyStorm - July 1, 2016

+1

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paulculloty82 - July 1, 2016

Presumably he canvassed for Scotland because Sturgeon specifically asked him to – can he bat for NI unless Stormont takes a unified stance on wanting to stay in the EU?

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benmadigan - July 1, 2016

the majority of people have voted to remain – either it’s a democratic decision or it isn’t.

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gendjinn - July 1, 2016

I can’t see FG bucking traditional policy on the north – shaft SF at all costs.

The only reason I can think of why the southern leaders aren’t promoting a border poll is because they don’t want re-unification – for whatever reason(s).

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2. Gewerkschaftler - July 1, 2016

It’s fascinating in terms of international law. Can Scotland inherit treaties as a kind of rump UK? No idea, but it isn’t going to harm the SNP if they try.

But, as I mentioned elsewhere, I don’t think Brexit will actually come to pass.

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