On 23 January 2013, David Cameron - the British Prime Minister (PM) in his speech regarding the future position of Britain in Europe concurred with the stated position of the SDA. To hold a referendum to obtain the views of the people.
The British PM proposes a referendum with a simple In or Out of the European Union (EU).
The PM also proposes that Britain renegotiate to remain within the European Union (EU) as a trading partner in Europe.
But it is not quite that simple. At present, there is no mechanism within the EU for the renegotiation that the PM is talking about. Any significant changes would require the full support of the other 26 nations.
At present Britain is in the EU side of the European Economic Area, the EU-EEA (with 27 members). One alternative is to come out of the EU and join the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) side of the EEA, the EFTA-EEA (with 3 members, Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein, who also trade with the EU members). The other alternative is to set up bi-lateral treaties with the EU-EEA countries.
It is highly unlikely that the three relatively small countries in EFTA would be keen to have a large domineering member like the rump UK (r-UK) in their organisation.
Sovereign Scotland should become a member of the European Economic Area (EEA) and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). The EEA provides open access to the Single European Market as well as the European research and development facilities, allows participation in drafting EU legislation, leaves Scotland to manage its own fishing and agriculture policies and more, and provides all the economic benefits that Scotland needs.
The SDA has already established contact with EFTA countries.
SDA policy is that in sovereign Scotland, Referendums should be used to obtain the views of the people on all key issues., such as EFTA/EU, In/Out NATO, Trident Stay/Out, etc.
On Saturday 2nd February, between 2pm and 4pm the SDA will be holding a Blether in Edinburgh for members and interested persons. Join us and have your say on issues along the path to Independence. Location is Cafe Flip, 54 Clerk Street, Newington, Edinburgh - good coffee and chat.
On 22 January, at a lecture at Glasgow University, Ambassador David Scheffer, Mayer Brown/Robert A. Helman Professor in Law gave an enlightened picture of Scotland's path as a sovereign state. Scotland as a sovereign state, which went into partnership with a larger domineering neighbour, but is now on the path to resuming its position as a sovereign state. James Trolland, SDA deputy chair attended and can advise that the lecture content confirms the long stated position of the SDA on self-determination for Scotland.
As one of the oldest nation states in the world, Scotland's progress can be likened to a stairway. The first long flight of steps was Scotland climbing successfully as a sovereign nation. From 1707, we have been crossing a landing together with a neighbour. Now we are getting ready to resume our path upwards on the next flight of steps, again as a sovereign nation.
As part of the current process of re-structuring of the SDA as a politically active party, a Diplomatic Team is being created to formulate SDA Diplomatic Strategy, towards and post - Independence. The lead position in this team will be advised shortly.