Friday, 2 November 2012
Am I Missing Something?
Membership of the European Union is a problem, not only for Westminster Tory MPs who want to leave the EU, but for those formally debating the membership of an independent Scotland.
The goings-on in Westminster will be of little interest to the Scottish Government but nevertheless the SNP MPs will keep a close eye on the situation. We must hope they're not learning lessons from David Cameron on how to scunner voters with his nonsensical mutterings about changing Britain's contract with the EU.
Aside from David Cameron's EU problems at Westminster, for months now EU membership has been a topical issue on the Scottish political front. Last week Alex Salmond found himself in a little difficulty because of some legal advice he had forgotten to describe as general, but he's not making the matter easy for himself.
Indeed, yesterday Graham Avery, an Honorary Director General of the EC, said he believed an independent Scotland would not need to apply for EU membership,
Mr Avery's remarks make sound common sense but other 'experts', such as Jo Murkens of the London School of Economics and Professor Robert Haxell of University College, London, whose joint submission to the Westminster Foreign Affairs Committee said : 'An independent Scotland will not automatically join the European Union but will have to apply.'
The UK government is not prepared to contact the EU in order to establish the rules of membership. What I don't understand about this stooshie is why Alex Salmond doesn't write directly to the the EU heid bummer and ask the procedure for (continued) membership of the EU. Someone in Brussels must have the answer and be prepared to reply to the enquiry.
Surely a letter is an easy solution, or am I missing something? Why do I occasionally have doubts that there is anyone in the EU who knows the answer and if such a person exists, why do I feel they object to putting the legal facts in writing