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Scottish Independence: one brief letter, one big problem for the Yes campaign?

Here at Liberal Democrat Voice, I have occasionally drawn the attention of readers towards the Lords Select Committee on Economic Affairs and its inquiry into the economic implications for the United Kingdom of Scottish independence. And this week, the Committee appears to have obtained an answer to a question which has hung heavy over the debate until now, i.e. would an independent Scotland automatically become part of the European Union.

In response to an invitation from the acting Chair of the Committee, Lord Tugendhat (a former two-term European Commissioner), Jose Manuel Barroso wrote;

Whilst refraining from comment on possible future scenarios,

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Opinion: Europe’s moving ahead. Are we part of it or not?

In his annual State of the Union address on Wednesday, European Commission President Barroso issued a clarion call for a ‘federation of nation states’ to take on the challenges facing Europe. The only way forward is more unity and more European integration, said Barroso. But this must be accompanied by more democracy – placing the European Parliament in a central role – and subsidiarity – concentrating EU action on the real issues that need to be dealt with at European level.

There is much for Liberal Democrats to welcome in the speech. The emphasis on the European Parliament, national …

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    Thank you Nick for this tribute and in particular for getting it put here on LDV for the rest of us to read. In our...
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    Yes, spoiled children make all sorts of remarks about how their parents are unfair when they don't let them get what they want! Somehow the...
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    @JohnTilley Meanwhile, over at Animal Farm, Young Bore the Labour leader summoned the flocks to listen to him speak, again. SnowBalls and co cheer him...
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    @PBBrown I am sure Tim is not heartbroken, but aware of the difficulties we are in and obviously ready to fight back. His recent speeches...
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    This is such a good debate, thank you for starting it Robin! I think the Citizens Income is a great idea. I've not seen anything...
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    A truly inspiring tribute to a truly inspiring leader.
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