19 MAY 2011
By William Dove | International Business Times
Alex Salmond, leader of the SNP and once again First Minister of Scotland, has said that he wishes his nation (by which he does not mean the United Kingdom) to have greater influence in the European Union.
Among his proposals, for example, is the idea that British delegations to the EU should include Scottish ministers and officials.
While not a bad idea in itself, one can only describe the idea of Scotland having greater influence in the EU as a fantasy.
Should Mr Salmond ever get his way and become Prime Minister or President of an independent Scotland, he would in effect be the ruler of just another EU province and a rather minor one at that.
The United Kingdom is one of the largest contributors to the European Union as well as being one of the more powerful nations in it.
Despite this the United Kingdom often has its needs and wishes overruled by the great EU leviathan (or octopus as former UKIP leader Lord Pearson used to call it).
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