UKIP wants to preserve the United Kingdom, but if Scotlands wants to leave it could give the rest of us the golden opportunity to say goodbye to the EU, writes UKIP MEP Gerard Batten
• According to the Mail OnLine
the European Commission has said that Scotland’s membership of the EU will “cease to apply” if it votes Yes in the 2014 independence referendum and leaves the UK.
If Scots vote for independence the Scottish Government will then have to negotiate its terms of exit from the Act of Union: equally it would then need to renegotiate its terms of entry to the EU in its own right.
However the interesting question here is what then happens to England’s (and Wales and Northern Ireland’s) membership of the EU. The United Kingdom joined the European Economic Community on 1st January 1973. If and when Scotland leaves the UK then that legal entity will no longer exist and will have to be redefined. If Scotland is no longer a member of the EU then equally how can the UK (or what remains of it) be a member of the EU?
In October I made a Written Question to the European Commission asking them to clarify the situation regarding the UK’s position following a Yes vote in the Scottish referendum. The Commission replied that ‘it was unable to express any view on the future relationship given that the terms and results of any referendum are unknown’; and that the ‘terms of any EU Treaty are decided by the Member States and the EU’.
They side-stepped the question, and so I restated it in different terms, and I am still waiting for an answer. But their latest pronouncement indicates that Scotland would have to ‘renegotiate’ its membership. My question about the status of the remainder of the UK now comes to the fore again.
How ironic it would be if Scotland decided to leave the UK and that gave the English, Welsh and Northern Irish, the opportunity to free ourselves from the EU. Just imagine the political turmoil if the Coaltion Government were forced to ‘renogotiate’ the UK’s terms of membership in 2014/2015 just before the next general election. UKIP would soar in the polls, and who knows what could happen. This is precisely why UKIP must stick to a policy of unconditional withdrawal.
UKIP wants to preserve the United Kingdom, but if Scotlands wants to leave it could give the rest of us the golden opportunity to say goodbye to the EU. Sadly a Scottish Yes vote would also promote the EUs’ long term strategy of destroying nation states and breaking down its member states into regional entities.
The best thing to do in a burning building is get out before the roof falls in.