The following article is an extract from the UK Parliament, House of Lords, Publication and Records, EU External Trade Written Question HL2605. This gives the lie to Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, and her Brexit Minister Michael Russell's assertion that for the good of Scottish business, Scotland must remain within the EU single market. The evidence revealed from the answer to the UK Parliamentary written question HL2605, shows that a staggering number of foreign states are already trading goods freely with the rest-EU, (i.e. minus the UK) without being members of the European Economic Area (EEA) or the EU itself, and to a higher volume than they trade with the UK. There is a similar pattern with trade in services. This is probably one of the reasons why Theresa May is displaying so much confidence in moving forward with steps to take the UK completely out of the single market. The UK Prime Minister will most probably also be aware that, should the SNP Scottish Government now go ahead with holding a second Scottish Independence referendum, using the argument that, "A majority of the Scottish electorate voted to remain in the EU", such a move will most likely lead, once again, to a failure to convince Scottish voters to plump for Scottish independence, now that there is clear evidence that Scottish business currently carries out approximately £48 billion worth of trade yearly with England, Wales and Northern Ireland, as opposed to only approximately £11 billion with the rest of the EU. It's time for the SNP to now take stock and review their so called "Independence within the EU" stance.
Asked by Lord Stoddart of Swindon
Asked on: 25 October 2016
Department for International Trade
EU External Trade HL2605
To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are countries outside the single market which carry out a greater level of trade with the rest of the EU than with the UK; and if so, which countries.
Answered by: Lord Price
Answered on: 08 November 2016
Data are not available from a single source for trade in goods and services combined. The value of trade is calculated by summing exports and imports. The single market here is defined as the EU countries. Data for 2014 taken from Eurostat show there were 194 countries and territories where the value of trade in goods with the rest of the EU was higher than the value of trade in goods with the UK. These countries are listed in Table 1 - attached.
Data for 2014 taken from Eurostat show there were 200 countries and territories where the value of trade in services with the rest of the EU was higher than the value of trade in services with the UK. These countries are listed in Table 2 - attached.
The two tables mentioned in the article, are shown as PDF files, attached, below, and can be downloaded.
The Scottish Democratic Alliance (SDA) has revised its policy proposals regarding "Scotland in Europe". The revision takes into account the fluidity of the ongoing UK Brexit developments, and lays out a vision of an independent Scotland within Europe, but outside the European Union. This to counter the nonsensical stance of the SNP in relation to the EU, and that party's view that a so called 'independent' Scotland can benefit from remaining part of that failing union, while the rest of the UK sets out on a different path.
The full range of SDA policy proposals can be found by clicking on the following link which points to the 'Policies' section of this web site, specifically the "Scotland in Europe" part: https://is.gd/Q2fIwe
Interested readers of this web site should download the PDF file "Scotland in Europe", which can be found in the attachments section of the "Scotland in Europe" page, underneath a short condensed compilation of some of the content of that document. Alternatively, skip the actual policies page, mentioned, and just download the "Scotland in Europe" PDF file, shown, attached, below:
RAISING his hand in a hall full of attendees, financial services expert and pro-independence activist Mike Fenwick placed a pound into a four litre bottle and challenged "all those who want to see change" to also place a pound of their money inside.
Making the case for the creation of a Scottish central bank during a recent currency debate organised by Yes Rutherglen, Fenwick sought to simplify the concept by inviting audience members to take part in a symbolic action which he plans to take all the way to Holyrood.
Up to 60 individuals signed promissory pledges to fund a people's central bank, however the organiser told CommonSpace that £72 in coins had been submitted.
The voluntary bottle collection will last from the present day to Hogmanay and Fenwick hopes to present the final proceeds to the first minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, for safekeeping. Fenwick hopes the stunt will highlight hopes from the pro-independence camp for the creation of a central bank for the Scottish people free from control by private capital, and solely a publicly funded institution.
Speaking to CommonSpace, Fenwick, said: "One of the questions last night was how do you explain what we are doing to the man/woman in the street - it is a crucial question.
"Much of what we use as currency and think of as money is a piece of paper with a promise printed on it by a Bank, it is not legal tender, and often the printed promise is being given by bank boards and chief executives who left in disgrace."
"What we are attempting is to change that with a promise signed by individuals in their own name, in their own hand, and which is backed in full by legal tender, and to allow everyone in Scotland to get used to another form of currency, in the form of a "medium of exchange", bearing a name which can be trusted - the Scottish ‘Hand’.
"It may also begin to allow everyone to better understand what having a Scottish Central Bank means in practice, one based on assets, not debt."
The idea for the Scottish ‘Hand’ was inspired from the lyrics of Auld Lang Syne, which say:"Around the world on Hogmanay, people will join hands and sing or say these words, “And here's a hand my trusty fiere! And gies a hand o' thine!"
Another advocate of the idea, Jim Stamper of Yes Rutherglen, said it was the perfect symbolism to launch a new Scottish currency and central bankwhich "can embodyfriendship, unity, and above all trust".