Utter Bollocks

November 25, 2006

BBC NEWS | UK | Scots split would harm UK – Brown

Mr Brown will tell the Scottish Labour Party conference that the economic futures of Scotland and the rest of the UK are inextricably linked.

“Two-and-a-half million people in Scotland have a family in England,” he wrote in the Daily Record newspaper.

He also pointed to other signs that England and Scotland are moving closer.

“Almost one in six Scots make their home south of the border and 400,000 people who live in Scotland are English-born.”

In his conference speech, he will also claim that Britain is a model for how countries can co-operate together.

I suspect the worst effect of Scottish independence would be to prevent a certain Fife MP from being Prime Minister. And that would never do. I suppose New Labour have to make this argument, but it’s utterly unsustainable. To come close to believing it you have to utterly ignore, for example, the Benelux region. Or Scandinavia. Or the Republic of Ireland. Or, to be frank, the entire European Union.

After all, no other country in the world has foreigners living in it! There are no Swedes married to Norwegians or Turks to Bulgarians. The very thought.

Tony Blair recently spoke of the “constitutional nightmare” of Scottish independence, and that’s even more ludicrous. The present settlement is a constitutional nightmare. Independent countries co-operating through European institutions would not be. A new settlement would make considerably more sense, so why resist it?

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