EFTA response to SDA initiative


Scottish independence: European Free Trade Association could be EU alternative


12-011-2012  Following the visit of the SDA Deputy Chair to the Secretariat of EFTA in Brussels the following article contains EFTA's response.  

Scotsman - Published on Monday 12 November 2012 00:00
SCOTLAND would be welcomed into the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) if it votes for independence and then leaves the EU, a spokesman for the body has claimed.
The claim came after SNP grandees Gordon Wilson, a former party leader, and Jim Sillars, a former deputy leader, said that Alex Salmond should look at alternatives to EU membership such as EFTA whose members include Norway, Iceland and Switzerland.

EFTA senior information officer Tore Gronningsater said: "Scotland could apply, but it would be a question of whether the EFTA members would like to see more members."

Labour MSP Patricia Ferguson said: "The SNP has to be straight with the Scottish people, and be clear what its idea of a separate Scotland would look like.

A government spokesman said: "An independent Scotland would adopt an approach based on international co-operation, working closely with our neighbours, our trading partners, and through bilateral relations with other nations."

A spokesperson from the SDA welcomed the claim from the EFTA spokesman.

Link to Scotsman Article     Link to BBC Article    Link to Herald Article    Link to Express Article

08-11-2012:    Bob, congratulations on organising the Blether at Perth to co-incide with the SNP conference. It was great to have the opportunity to discuss with local SDA members and friends the wide range of topics that were of interest to them. There we were in the George Hotel, resplendent with SDA bannersin full view of all the SNP delegates attending the fringe meetings within the hotel.  I also enjoyed the opportunity to meet the new Deputy Chair of the SDA who had been attending the Big Debate with Brian Taylor - being broadcast live from Perth Museum. Well done.  Alex Wilson from Edinburgh.

06-11-2-12:  Bletherin Schedule 2012  The final Blether this year will be held in Edinburgh at Holyrood Parliament on Saturday 8th December between 2pm to 4.30pm. For security reasons persons who wish to attend at the Scottish Parliament are required to notify the SDA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of their contact details by the 1st December as these details have to be transferred to the security at the main entrance enable entry to be granted..

A Blether will be held in Inverness on Saturday the 17th November at the Thistle Hotel between 2pm and 4pm -all welcome.

01-11-2012:   The next Blether will be held in Aberdeen Friday on the 9th November, 6.30pm to 8.30pm at the Starbucks Cafe in Union Square, All members and interested parties are welcome for an informal chat which will be hosted by the SDA Deputy Chair James Trolland.

Amended membership Fee.

30-10-2012:   The membership fee for Joining the SDA has been amended to a standard £12 for all.


A Blether at Perth

 19-10-12 On Friday the Deputy Chair and Chief Executive met with local members of the SDA  to blether about current issues.

Outcomes from the Blether included:

a) Support Yes for Independence.

b) EFTA not EU.

c) Security of Scotland's energy, water and maritime assets.

d) Draft Constitution to be offered for public debate.

e) Citizen's Income.

f) [Scottish] National Sustainability Fund.

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                                              The Chief Executive with two members of the Perth Bletherin Group.


 17-10-2012 Deputy Chair James Trolland represented the SDA at Brian Taylor's Bog debate - Referendum Special on Friday 19th at Perth.

 15-10-2012 We have now launched the members only forum, when you login to the website you will find an additional option appears called 'Members' under this menu is the option "Forum".

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Appointment of Political Leader

14-10-2012 The board of the SDA are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr James Trolland as deputy chair and spokesperson on political matters.

10-10-2012 Under Constitution read the explanatory notes extracted from the SDA draft Constitution.

Read the latest status on EFTA 2012


March and Rally for Independence

A letter has been sent to Jeff Duncan congratulating him on a successfull March and Rally for Independence in Edinburgh on the 22nd Sept. SDA members from Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Fife were in attendence on the March and at the Rally. During the rally SDA pamplets were distributed and it was enlightening to hear feedback that so many people had read the SDA website.

New Subscription Charging System

The SDA aims to attract members and encourage participation in politics from all strata of our society, to this end we have reviewed our membership charges and have produced what we believe to be a fairer arrangement of fee's. As always we welcome any feedback This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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