November 29, 2013
After 300 years of common history Scotland wants to separate from the United Kingdom. Alex Salmond, the popular leader of the Scottish National party, has presented a 700 page White Paper on November 27 setting out the case; and in September 2014 the Scots will be invited to vote on their independence by way of referendum.
From a European perspective this is not a welcome development. Europe should not split up in small entities. With just five million inhabitants Scotland would be among the very small EU member states. Its secession would reinforce similar trends in Catalonia.
The Scottish leader has announced the intention of an independent Scotland staying within the EU, while maintaining the British Pound as its currency, rather incompatible options.
The small share of the oil and gas revenues (8%), equal to the demographic share being the main reason for the desire to quit the United Kingdom, the EU should […]