We need to think about what’s best for UK

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - COMMENT - Mark Open­shaw. 42 Earl­swells Road, Cults.

Sir,– Cli­mate change, poor pro­duc­tiv­ity, age­ing pop­u­la­tion, fall­ing ed­u­ca­tion stan­dards, mass mi­gra­tion, en­ergy se­cu­rity and cy­ber threats are all ex­am­ples of the many prob­lems that our so­ci­ety faces.

Af­ter years of de­bate and a ref­er­en­dum, there is still no clear ev­i­dence, or ma­jor­ity of opin­ion that re­main­ing in the EU would solve any of our “real” prob­lems.

The same can be said for leav­ing the EU, whether it be un­der the ne­go­ti­ated deal, no deal, EEA, Nor­way or Canada style with var­i­ous pluses.

While we and our politi­cians de­vote most of the na­tional de­bate to ar­gu­ing over Brexit, lit­tle progress is made on tack­ling the is­sues that re­ally mat­ter to us.

What­ever your views on Brexit, one thing that should be ob­vi­ous to us all is that any at­tempt to add Scot­land’s sep­a­ra­tion from the UK into the mix would be ir­re­spon­si­ble folly.

It would sim­ply add to the dis­trac­tion with no clear no­tion of which of our prob­lems it is sup­posed to ad­dress.

There are three postBrexit sce­nar­ios.

It could be a suc­cess for the UK – in which case why would Scot­land want to sep­a­rate?

It could be a dis­as­ter – in which case why would Scot­land want to re­peat and com­pound the er­ror by sep­a­rat­ing from its big­gest trad­ing and cul­tural part­ner?

Or it could be some­where in-be­tween leav­ing us won­der­ing why we have spent so much time on it.

Let’s re­solve Brexit one way or an­other and then get on with mak­ing the UK the best it can be.

Pic­ture: Getty Im­ages.

There is still no real ev­i­dence that be­ing a mem­ber of the EU would ben­e­fit the coun­try, ar­gues one cor­re­spon­dent.

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