Solutions for Scotland to escape England’s fiasco
Living next door to England’s chaotic circus keeps us all on edge. We jeer and laugh but find them scary. Though the clowns promise they won’t drag us into their act, or throw a rubber chicken or a bucket of water at us, you know they’re lying.
What the hell is happening?
The Tory government and it’s wooden headed propaganda agents kicking Scotland’s fetlock are unwilling or unable to explain what will happen to Scotland when they give Johnny Foreigner the heave-ho. They keep their own regions in the dark. We’ve seen evidence of the worst to come: long-time respected residents repatriated, a sharp diminution in critical migrant labour, the steady loss of civil rights.
Cameron is replaced by a sleazy bunch of vainglorious poseurs. There’s a likelihood the idiots call out their own name when they climax during sex.
To the arrogant Englishman, Brexit is a gift from Heaven, the perfect device to ignore the Irish, stuff the Welsh, use Gibraltar as an ace negotiating card, and “tame the Nats”. Optimists say there’s still time to turn back the clock, pessimists say English racism has elevated hatred to a patriotic virtue, the circus is in town.
Who to Trust
Some unionist Brexiteers and a small group of SNP Brexiteers think leaving the EU will gain a few extra powers for Scotland. Their strategy is to stay passive.
More accurate to call it supine, roll over, and pretend to be dead. Anybody who thinks Westminster grabbed Brexit in order to enrich Scotland needs sectioned immediately.
The SNP argue all four nations – graciously calling Northern Ireland a nation – should have a veto to reject or accept the outcome of Brexit talks. Dismissed out of hand by the Tories – a veto no one gave them, and a sign they mean to have first dibs on our nation’s oil and gas wealth – duplicitous Labour and the discarded placenta called the Liberal Democrats refused to support the idea. What England wants England gets.
A soft Brexit
Some of the electorate are ready to accept staying in the Single Market. Freedom of movement is guaranteed in that event, something Scots value. SNP policy acknowledges cut off from the EU leaves Scotland at the mercy of rapacious England. The world’s best economists, Yanis Varoufakis among them, agree Scotland is more than capable of surviving as a nation state again, guaranteed to prosper if part of the Single Market.
If a few more Tory MPs could be sacked for improper behaviour, (such as being an MP) we could see some modesty for a cross-party consensus for staying in the Single Market, but Etonian-bred Exceptionalism trumps all else.
[Since writing this essay a number of Tory and Labour MPs defected and regrouped as an ‘independent’ party. 07.03.19]
Scotland has everything to gain by staying in the Single Market irrespective of what the other nations do. Securing that gives us a status analogous to the European Economic Area (EEA). In fact, there’s nothing stopping us becoming a member of the EEA.
Agriculture and fisheries would be excluded. That solution keeps Aberdeen fishermen of the far right happy so long as Scotland gains control over both. It also avoids tariffs between Scotland and our dear departing neighbour, border controls too, allowing the free movement of workers between Scotland and Europe, the workers we need, and the opportunities Scots want to pursue.
Scotland gets to participate in Social Provision, exchange research, and EU Justice. We sit at a top table hitherto denied us. So, this solution is devoutly to be wished. Where would the phantom ‘No Borders’ campaign be then? Personally, I don’t mind border controls. It means jobs. Lots of them. When you think about it we will need some way of keeping out all the clones created by UKip and the BNP. In any event, controls are in place in the Schengen area for third country nationals and it works extremely well.
How easy is EU-EEC membership?
The father of the EU Parliament, Elmar Brok, has stated publically, membership will be easy for Scotland. Reading EU advice confirms membership is technically easy to attain. (Cue pasty-faced Brit zealots screaming “Spain will veto!”)
However, the EU says there are challenges to overcome being in both the EU Single Market and trading with rUK, but they are not insuperable.
Lichtenstein – a miniscule independent country minding its own business and keeping British tax evasion safe – is in a customs union with Switzerland, both are effectively in the Single Market by virtue of Switzerland’s treaties with it.
This is where it gets complicated.
The EU puts it succinctly: “In order for Scotland to remain compliant with Single Market regulations, the Scottish Government and Parliament would require new competences across a wide range of Single Market matters currently reserved to Westminster.”
I think what that means is a lot of hard negotiation to place Scotland in the best EU category, as well as pleasant discussions on mutual benefits.
There is hope in an open border between rUK and the Republic of Ireland being applicable to Scotland. Nothing is impossible. As for the expected English redneck backlash aimed at Scottish immigration freedom of movement, control of immigrants can be monitored at the place of work, (a solution agreed by the EU), not a difficult law to police considering Scotland is a nation of only 5 million, with only a few thousand economic migrants entering each year, and a large number leaving.
Once upon a time the SNP looked upon Europe with suspicion. We were just free of World War II and German imperialism. Thankfully, today Scotland is wiser. We realise the value of remaining a European state. The SNP was re-elected with a mandate to hold a second plebiscite if there was a material change in circumstances. Brexit is an humungous ‘material change in circumstances’. We want to remain in the EU.
The Scottish Government has reaffirmed its faith in, and commitment to, a free Europe. And while aspects of the EU undoubtedly require democratisation – a process already in process by the DiEM25 movement in each nation that includes radical change to the way the EU bank operates – there is no basis in EU law that blocks or forbids Scotland from becoming a full EU member.
Threat of vetoes issue from General De Gaulle’s pathological distrust of English influence in Europe. He had a point. De Gaulle thought England a vain nation; it had a navy not to see the world, but to have the world see it.
That aside, no European country has stated it will veto Scotland’s entry. Nada, zilch. Nor is there a queue to join. Europe is just as adept at multi-tasking as any institution.
It all takes time
Yes, regaining membership to the EU will take time, but we could have been there now had only a few thousand No voters the backbone to reinstate self-determination when it was offered.
We’re faced with a growing number of Scotland’s citizens who want rid of England’s corrupt influence altogether. Unless we rebel absolutists know things will get worse.
In the short-term
In the short term Scotland can be part of the EEC and EFTA and so benefit immediately as part of the Single Market, while keeping out of the controversial fisheries policy. Like all the other solutions there will be complications to surmount, but it’s either that or becoming the mirror image of England’s grotesque swing to the far right. Go there and expect to see the face of Nigel Farage and Tommy Robinson on banknotes.
In the meantime we can watch the clueless Tory clowns at Westminster go through the motions of pretending they know what they’re doing, if not their intellectual faculties. They talk but don’t think. Their opinion of their abilities isn’t just high, it’s in orbit.
The vanishing vision of Scotland a nation state
There are three things destined for lethal jeopardy: a bird in the hands of a child, a young girl in the hands of an old man, and Scotland in the grip of England.