The Centre for Scottish Constitutional Studies
have recently circulated a 'Prospectus for an Independent Scotland'. The Prospectus is based on the basic proposals developed by the Scottish Democratic Alliance (SDA) over many years. In that regard it is a document which is worth studying in the expectation that Scotland's independence becomes a reality in the near future. See PDF file below or visit http://www.scottishconstitution.scot:
Reply to Warning from Peterhead Retired Skipper (Aberdeen Evening Express, Wednesday 8th May 2017)
Retired Peterhead Skipper, John Buchan has stated that, in his opinion, "it would be downright reckless for the Scottish fishing industry to jeopardise current EU trade deals and EU markets for their seafood produce, in a naive belief that it will be easy to find alternatives, post Brexit."
Anybody with half a brain should be able to see that with a properly managed and sustainable fisheries under full UK control, free of EU regulation and requirements, markets will be beating a path to our door, both European and worldwide. People must understand that the European Union (EU) is only a block of 27 member states. Europe, as a whole, consists of 51 countries. Think of the regenerative effect that regaining full UK sovereignty rights over the North Sea and North Atlantic fishing waters would have on the towns of Peterhead, Fraserburgh, Macduff and Buckie. It's a "no brainer". Perhaps the SNP's recent slide in fortunes in the North East could be halted if that political party changed it's stance on remaining in the EU, and adopted the slogan "It's Scotland's Fish"
B Watson, Aberdeenshire
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.