Sometimes it seems as if the current crop of British politicians is afraid of their own shadows. Fearful of what the EU might do to us has been a background to the long saga over triggering Article 50 and is certain to continue during the forthcoming negotiations for Brexit.
Now there is a new fear entangled with the first – that the Scot Nats will cause endless trouble unless they get their way and stage a second referendum on separating from the United Kingdom at a time of their choosing.
What is the Law on Scottish Separation?
Issues around the constitution of the United Kingdom are NOT devolved to the Scottish or any other assembly in the United Kingdom. They are exclusively a matter for the United Kingdom Parliament to approve or disapprove. The SNP government does not have any power to decide if, still less when, a binding referendum on the separation of Scotland can be called. It is a thousand pities that the Prime Minister did not immediately say that she and her government would not allow it before the EU negotiations were finalised and Britain had legally left the EU, if then.
Impossibility of Negotiating with the EU if one part of the UK could decide to separate itself before the UK has actually left the EU
How could the EU and UK governments reach any agreement if one part of the UK proclaimed that the agreement would not apply to them? All the more if an SNP government said that it wanted Scotland to stay in the EU accepting free movement of EU nationals into Scotland, with an unknown currency, continued fishing by EU fishermen in Scottish waters, customs and immigration checks along the England-Scotland land border while Scottish citizens with their newly minted Scottish passports would have to go through the foreigners’ channels at all airports in England, Scotland and Wales. Have those saying to polling organisations that they would vote for a Scotland separated from the UK even begun to imagine this? …[more»]