Sunday, April 20, 2014
Is Scotland already free?
The EU has confirmed that Scotland would need to reapply for membership in the event that it was no longer part of the UK.
But this may have happened already.
A previously blogged legal point raised in Rodney Atkinson and Norris McWhirter's "Treason at Maastricht" said that Maastricht, by diminishing the political rights of Scots, broke the Union with Scotland Act and therefore severed the two countries in 1993.
It follows from this that Scotland is not now, and has not been for the past 21 years, in the European Union, and so has gained full sovereign independence at a stroke.
Perhaps one day we could see the formation of a new, non-EU Northern Alliance between Iceland, Norway and Scotland.
And in that case, what of the economic basis on which England seeks to threaten the Scots? Think of North Sea oil (and other mineral rights), fishing, whaling, an Iceland-style firm hand with banks and bankers (and so a safe offshore haven for panicking European investors keen to avoid bail-ins)...
Suddenly the dream is not just an ethereal castle in the air.
Oidhche mhath! God natt! Góða nótt!
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