SNP is con­flicted over Europe

The Herald on Sunday - - EDITORIAL & LETTERS -

Our First Min­is­ter likes to por­tray the SNP as oc­cu­py­ing the moral high ground on Brexit and the EU. She is quick to crit­i­cise the Tories and Labour for what she con­sid­ers as di­vi­sions and in­con­sis­ten­cies. Yet of all the po­lit­i­cal par­ties none could be more con­flicted over the EU than the party of Scot­tish in­de­pen­dence. If SNP sup­port­ers lis­tened to what Jean-Claude Juncker had to say in his state of the union speech about the future of the ever-closer union project, they will know that “in­de­pen­dence in Europe” is a myth.

Quite apart from what an in­de­pen­dent Scot­land would be ex­pected to agree to in or­der to meet EU join­ing cri­te­ria, the spec­tre of an EU with ever greater con­trol on a pan-Euro­pean ba­sis must surely be anath­ema for many who have Scot­land’s best in­ter­ests at heart. Keith How­ell West Lin­ton

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