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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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  • User AvatarWilliam Ross 20th Jan - 1:46pm
    This is an interesting article and the subject raises much interest in Scotland. It is terribly important to avoid a hard border in Ireland. Though...
  • User AvatarSteve Trevethan 20th Jan - 1:22pm
    Thank you for an insightful article which highlights the dangers of border troubles in Ireland. How will the diary industry cope? It is easy to...
  • User AvatarAlan Depauw 20th Jan - 1:11pm
    It seems clear that the UK government will not allow considerations of this kind to block its chosen course. Hiding them behind emollient words for...
  • User AvatarLorenzo Cherin 20th Jan - 1:03pm
    Laurence It irritates me that we only ever , in this party now at top level, get criticism of our own side on Brexit, none...
  • User AvatarDavid Becket 20th Jan - 12:59pm
    A blog from myself has just been posted on the SLF website, in the hope that this debate can continue and ensure the party wakes...
  • User AvatarPeter Watson 20th Jan - 12:51pm
    @Mark Goodrich "Let’s see our campaigning link up economy, jobs and pensions along with the loss of international influence and talk less about process." But...