Brexit ru­ral fear

Vet­eran Labour MEP reck­ons an in­de­pen­dent Scot­land would be fast tracked back into Europe

Daily Record - - NEWS - BY ANDY PHILIP

BREXIT has cre­ated un­cer­tainty – and no one knows how it will end.

This dread­ful Tory Govern­ment are be­ing driven by right-wing lit­tle Eng­lan­ders hell­bent on their dream of a low-tax, low-reg­u­la­tion UK.

They aim to cre­ate a coun­try where com­pas­sion and fair­ness have no place, where only per­sonal wealth is wor­thy of re­spect.

If they get their way, dam­age will be caused in ev­ery cor­ner of these is­lands.

A Euro­pean Union of­fi­cial has now warned ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties, in par­tic­u­lar, could suf­fer badly post-Brexit.

Once key EU schemes end, much-needed fund­ing is likely to dry up. The knock-on ef­fect could be the de­pop­u­la­tion of ar­eas like our pre­cious High­lands.

Farm­ers have been told cur­rent fund­ing lev­els will be guar­an­teed un­til 2022. But what hap­pens next for ru­ral Scot­land? The Clear­ances MkII?

SCOT­LAND would be wel­comed into the EU if it backed in­de­pen­dence, a vet­eran Labour MEP has claimed.

David Martin risked un­der­min­ing his al­ready splin­tered party by re­ject­ing some of the key ar­gu­ments Labour used against in­de­pen­dence dur­ing the 2014 in­dyref.

Martin said Scot­land would not have to join a “queue” of other coun­tries be­cause of its track record and his­tory in­side the EU.

And he claimed Scot­land wouldn’t have to adopt the euro – even though it is a re­quire­ment to sign up.

Martin, who voted No in 2014, said op­po­si­tion in Europe to Scot­land leav­ing the UK has turned to sym­pa­thy since Brexit.

He said: “They know that Scot­land voted to Re­main and I think they would be very sym­pa­thetic if Scot­land came back and said ‘Scot­land be­came in­de­pen­dent and it wants to join the EU’. It would be wel­come.

“The sec­ond part of that though is you would get a be­spoke deal on the euro be­cause other coun­tries have it and it wouldn’t be a prob­lem that you didn’t sign up to the euro.”

Martin added that we “would have to … go through the process of the ne­go­ti­a­tion and ful­fil all the con­di­tions.

“Fair wind … you are talk­ing a min­i­mum of two years but it would prob­a­bly re­al­is­ti­cally be three.”

A Labour spokesman said: “These are hy­po­thet­i­cal state­ments which do not re­flect Scot­tish Labour pol­icy in any way, shape, or form.”

CLAIMS Labour MEP David Martin

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