SNP con­fu­sion over Europe

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - COMMENT -

Sir, - Ni­cola Stur­geon’s at­tempt to de­flect the de­bate from the fail­ing pub­lic sec­tor (es­pe­cially ed­u­ca­tion), the un­sus­tain­able fis­cal deficit, our GDP fall­ing be­hind the UK and the fact that most Scots do not want a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum, by re­cy­cling her Brexit de­mands is doomed to fail.

For ex­am­ple, Ms Stur­geon’s plan to re­join the Euro­pean Union as a full mem­ber (if in­de­pen­dent) is now in tat­ters as she scram­bles around for an in­terim po­si­tion un­til per­haps Scot­land could meet the cri­te­ria re­quired to join.

Her lat­est po­si­tion is to de­clare that Scot­land may have to ini­tially join the small Euro­pean trad­ing block EFTA. But what about our largest trad­ing part­ner, the other coun­tries within the UK?

With re­gard to her fan­ci­ful claim that some­how the Com­mon Fish­eries Pol­icy (CFP) would not ap­ply to Scot­land is also silly, oth­er­wise why did Ice­land’s fish­ing min­is­ter say that their coun­try would never join the EU in or­der to re­tain con­trol over their fish­ing grounds.

Her com­ment on an euro cur­rency is equally sus­pect as she should know that all new mem­ber states have to join the euro (when the cri­te­ria is met) and sign up to the ever-closer EU po­lit­i­cal union dom­i­nated by Ger­many.

No mat­ter how the SNP twists and turns, the elec­torate in Scot­land is fed up with di­vi­sive­ness and wishes to have a gov­ern­ment that gets on with the day job. Ian Lakin. Pinelands, Mur­tle Den Road, Mill­tim­ber.

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