European Union membership debates have been happening around for the past year.
Scotland and Membership Of European Union
However the debates about membership of European Union have been carried out through both sides talking to the national press.
UK government is saying Scotland will lose our European Union membership and have to reapply.
The SNP spokespeople are saying as the UK (and that currently includes Scotland) is already a fully member so we should be able to go straight in a relatively simple process. This would not involve waiting for years applying and negotiating entry terms.
There have been no exact legal precedents within the European Union for this situation since it started. But there has been no detailed discussions allowed by the UK government between Scotland and the European Union. So how can we know what is best?
I believe, from what limited research I have been able to do, that the European Union should be begging Scotland to join. After all Scotland will be their largest energy producing country with a very sound economy. The European Union needs these assets now more than ever. With so many of its members like Cyprus, Greece and Portugal having severe financial problems it cannot realistically refuse Scotland full membership. We deal with issues like Scottish currency euro etc on this page.
Maybe the UK government is scared of Scottish voters discovering the truth about the EU.
For example, just how straight forward the transfer of membership would be. Or could it mess up the current EU Membership problem amongst Tory MP’s. This has resurfaced because of the recent success of the UKIP in local elections. They found a lot of voters support saying the UK should leave the European Union totally. Senior Tories want to simply just renegotiate budget contributions.
I know there will be also be realising that the UK power base will suffer. As a much smaller country after Scotland becomes independent of the UK they should expect a small number of MEPs within the European Parliament and negative budgetary changes. Many parts of Scotland are currently classed as special needs areas and extra cash is given back for those geographical area. However in reality not all that cash is passed over as it is hidden in the UK general budget pot.
If Scotland were independent the money would always come straight to the geographical area rather than the M25 London ring road..
Either way we, as Scottish voters, should have the clear facts about the European Union presented to us. We should not be denied them by the current UK government. What do they have to hide?
Let us know if you agree Scotland should be allowed to at least discuss potential membership criteria (if any!).
Or maybe you can help us to understand why the current Tory led UK Government is not allowing us to have the facts about our future . We need them before the Scottish Independence vote takes place in 2014.
See also the following Scottish Independence articles
Scottish Defence policy.
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