Everybody expects the Spanish EU admission
Everybody expects the Spanish EU admission. Even the unionist commentators who constantly tell us Spain would veto Scotland’s EU entry.
Why wouldn’t we expect it as the Spanish have never said they would prevent Scotland joining the EU.
Still, it was nice to hear Spain’s foreign minister, Alfonso Dastis, reiterate the following when he was asked if Spain would block Scotland’s EU ambition.
We don’t want it [Scottish independence] to happen. But if it happens legally and constitutionally, we would not block it.
He is the second Spanish Foreign Minister to do so in recent years as Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo said it when he was in the job. Several other members of the Spanish ruling party have also said so including Esteban Gonzalez Pons only a few weeks ago.
Those who say Spain will veto Scotland know there is no evidence for the claim.
They do so to monger fear. That’s why it was particularly sweet to see Willie Rennie repeat the claim on the same day that Alfoso Dastis said otherwise.
Willie must have cooked an omelette from the liquid he scrubbed for his face moments after he said:
For the SNP to believe Spain will bend over backwards and just wave Scotland into full EU or EFTA membership is delusional. The Gibraltar situation should be a hard lesson for the SNP that Spain will look after their own interest. That means making sure nothing aids Catalonia’s bid for independence.
Anyone who has been paying attention to the news this week knows that Spain isn’t too bothered about UK territorial integrity.
The same UK press and politicians who warn us about Spain blocking Scotland’s EU entry are up in arms about Spain using the Brexit negotiations as leverage to try to pinch Gibraltar from the UK.
In response to this ex Tory leader Michael Howard suggested we would be willing to go to war with Spain if they got up to any funny business.
Thirty-five years ago this week, another woman prime minister sent a taskforce halfway across the world to defend the freedom of another small group of British people against another Spanish-speaking country, and I’m absolutely certain that our current prime minister will show the same resolve in standing by the people of Gibraltar
So, really we should be thankful to the Spanish this week for helping clarify two things most readers of this blog already know.
The first is that Spain won’t Veto Scotland joining the EU despite a widespread UK propaganda effort to the contrary. The second is that one of the good things about the EU is that it stops European nations going to war over far flung rocks.
It’s only been a few days since we sent the article 50 letter and we are already seeing rhetoric we haven’t seen for 40 years.
Hopefully now Willie and co will stop droning on about the Veto they have lied about so many times that they probably actually now think it is true. His time would actually be better placed coming up with a viable plan for Scotland’s future. His current idea of keeping Scotland in the UK and the EU was clearly written by Hans Christian Anderson.
I suspect he will just move onto scaremongering about the imaginary EU queue while telling Sturgeon, who has a workable plan, to get on with her day job.
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