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Scottish Independence and Scotland's Future
Scotland in Europe

"Scotland in Europe" is not an empty phrase. Scotland is in Europe whether we like it or not. That does not mean that we have to be a part of the 27-member European Union (EU) representing just over half of the total number of European states.

Trident costs each man, woman and child in Scotland 340 pounds per annum, EU Membership 207 pounds, C.A.P. (Common Agriculture Policy) 312 pounds, C.F.P. (Common Fisheries Policy) 283 pounds = 1142 pounds per annum for every man, woman and child in Scotland. The SNP routinely quote 250 Million as being the annual cost to Scotland of Trident on a pro-rata basis. What they don't realise is that the whole cost of Trident is allocated to the Scots account all 1.9 Billion annual cost of it.

On 24th June 2016 the UK voted 52% to 48% to leave the EU.

Scotland in Europe
A paper by Dr James Wilkie updated in Dec. 2016
The EFTA Side of the European Economic Area
A paper by Dr James Wilkie.
Scotland's International Relationships
A speech given by Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
European Movement in Scotland

The European Movement is Scotland’s only dedicated pro-European campaigning organisation. We believe in a strong and united Europe. See the main Players in this movement here.
David Cameron has one great ally: the people of Europe
By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard 27 Jan 2013
The Waldheim Affair in Austrian Politics
This is a paper by James Wilkie and while not about Scotland is illustrative of the type of politics that can be seen in the EU and that Scotland must be prepared to deal with. (pdf)
Independent Scotland’s EU bid would be welcomed
An interesting article from the Scotsman and the comments are equally interesting and informative. See a pdf of the comments.
Speech to European Policy Centre in Brussels, 26 February 2013
By Nicola Sturgeon
John Curtice: EU is not high on agenda
A report from the Scotsman 17th May 2013
The UK would be better of in EFTA than in the EU
A report from the Bruges Group
Letter to the Scots Independent Newspaper
Sent in by Dr. James Wilkie.
EU budget interactive: where does your money go?

How much do French farmers benefit from you personally? What about a Polish justice project? Use our interactive to calculate your own contributions to European initiatives in different countries.
Video about whether an Independent Scotland should be in the EU
I decided to make a wee video about this issue hoping it might help to clarify the issues. Created on 24th May 2013.
Alyn Smith: Say Yes to being a modern European nation
Article and Rebuttal on Scotsman article on 8th June 2013.
European Union – The Birth of an Idea
By James Wilkie. This paper shows how the EU came into being.
EC Official confirms no legal barrier to continued Scottish EU membership
Scotland can legally negotiate a continuation of its current membership from within the European Union following a Yes vote, an EC official has confirmed. Article from NewsnetScotland 4th October 2013.
Scots would need EU allies
An independent Scotland would have to build alliances in Europe to promote its policies or it will find it difficult to make an impact, according to a former Slovakian foreign minister. Scotsman
Scottish independence: Country would leave EU
With a comment from Dr James Wilkie
George Kerevan: Europe break-up gives Scots choice
What is the point of exchanging our bosses in London for their counterparts in Berlin and Brussels, asks George Kerevan. Article published in the Scotsman.
Independent Scotland ‘would have to reapply’ to EU

From the Scotsman newspaper.
The Norway Option
Re-joining the EEA as an alternative to membership of the European Union by Dr Richard North, The Bruges Group
Scottish independence: EU financial benefit outlined
An article from the Scotsman and comments by Dr James Wilkie 16th Jan 2014
Scottish independence: ‘Yes vote will end in court’
Article from the Scotsman by by SCOTT MACNAB
The SNP-EU situation
By Dr James Wilkie
Corruption across EU breathtaking
The extent of corruption in Europe is breathtaking and it costs the EU economy at least 120bn euros (£99bn) annually, the European Commission says.
Bill Jamieson: Slowcoach Europe derails growth
As Euroscepticism spreads across the continent, voters may feel their ballot efforts are wasted, writes Bill Jamieson. See also first comment by Dr James Wilkie.
UKIP's impact on the Scottish Referendum
An assessment by David Thomson
Willie McRae and the Scotland-UN Committee

Letter to Dr. Franz Fischler 17 May 2003 from John J.G. McGill, FSA Scot.
Balance of Competences Review - Scotland's Priorities for EU Reform
Some thoughts on why we shouldn't be in the EU
My take on Brexit by Alastair McIntyre, 21st June 2016
My take on where we go now after Brexit by Alastair McIntyre, 24th June 2016
On reflection where might Brexit take us?  29th June 2016
A wee video clip from Yes Minister
Change or Go
How Britain would gain influence and prosper outside an unreformed EU
What’s wrong with the WTO Option?

Scotland in Europe
Nicola Sturgeon's speech to the Scottish Parliament 20th December 2016
A view on Membership of the EU
From the Scots Independent Newspaper November 2020 issue.

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