It seems that Scotland’s unpopular future lame duck First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said that the UK should only be allowed to leave the European Union if all four home nations agree.
Unsurprisingly Prime Minister David Cameron has completely dismissed that idea out of hand.
Sturgeon is now finding out that she is entirely irrelevant in British politics, there are six SNP MPs at Westminster and they are meaningless.
It is looking increasingly likely that there will be a vote in 2017 regarding whether Britain should stay as a member of the European Union.
The rise of Ukip down south makes that possible as well as a Labour Party struggling to appear as a government in waiting under Ed Miliband.
Although proposals for an in/out referendum on the UK’s future membership have been put forward by the Conservatives, the leadership want to stay in and be part of the European project, their problem is that ordinary people are looking less favourably on it.
The issue of immigration is an issue, but the issue of free movement of labour could have been addressed by the EU having an EU internal immigration policy.
Free movement of labour is fine while a balance can be achieved by when the balance is out of sync it creates problems.
Sturgeon believes for any vote to leave the EU to be valid must have a majority of voters in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to agree to leave.
That isn’t correct; a majority of people in Britain is all that is needed for an EU exit. In this issue there will be no SNP voice passing itself off as Scotland.
When Sturgeon says Scotland should not “drowned out” by anti-European sentiments in England what she is saying is that the democracy will only applies if she and the SNP agree. Alex Salmond is stepping down as SNP leader in disgrace, he is a loser and losers have got to go, but equally Sturgeon is as much a loser as Salmond as she was the ‘face of independence’.
Sturgeon isn’t the ‘new generation’, just the tail end remnants of the old.
As she starts her a series of rallies, if is typical old dullard thinking that she thinks she is leading a government, changing the name from Scottish Executive to Scottish Government doesn’t make her case any less vacuous.
When legislation for an EU referendum is introduced at Westminster, the SNP will table an amendment.
That amendment will fail for two reasons, no one likes the SNP at Westminster and can be bothered with them, and secondly the amendment is a load of rubbish as it seeks to undermine the sovereignty of Parliament, in this case Westminster and change the voting system.
“It is clear from recent by-elections in England that the anti-European politics of Ukip is on the rise. An in/out referendum on EU membership in 2017 now seems inevitable - almost regardless of who wins the general election next May.”
Apparently it looks like Sturgeon doesn’t like democracy because Ukip’s rise is because they are addressing the views of ordinary people.
She added it is “entirely possible that the UK as a whole could vote to exit the EU, but that Scotland would vote to stay”.
This vote will be a British vote; Sturgeon had her chance at independence and was rejected.
My funny bit of Sturgeon’s rambling was when she said that:
“I don’t think the EU is perfect. Far from it. It badly needs change and reform”.
If that was the case why was Tasmina Ahmed-Shiekh selected as a candidate then?
Why was the SNP President Ian Hudghton?
Why was Alyn Smith?
Why did the SNP only select cronies of Salmond and Sturgeon?
The SNP even selected serial loser Chris Stephens of Pollok as a candidate, admittedly he was placed last on the list and wasn’t elected much like Tasmina.
“But I do believe - strongly - that our interests are best served by being in, not out, of the EU. The impact of an exit on jobs and on the economy would be disastrous. And to be taken out against our wishes would be democratically indefensible. So I am making this proposal. Should a Bill be tabled in the House of Commons for a referendum on European Union membership, my party will table an amendment. That amendment will require that for the UK to leave the EU, each of the four constituent nations - England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland - would have to vote to do so, not just the UK as a whole.”
Just peddling grudge, I am sure it will have the ‘idiots’ impressed in the SNP who don’t do any thinking but blindly accept the rubbish that the leadership spouts. But in reality, Sturgeon isn’t going to alter anything.
And she is utterly wrong that this proposal “transforms the terms of the UK debate on Europe - which so far has been all about the Westminster parties dancing to Ukip’s tune”.
One thing which will not be happening is Westminster parties dancing to the SNP’s tune; people don’t listen to broken records.
It is interesting that ‘home rule’ Sturgeon presumably to secure free seats in the Royal box at Wimbledon said:
“What I’m suggesting is the kind of double majority system you see in some federal states like Canada and Australia, that for the UK to leave the European Union it would require not just the UK as a whole to vote for that but for each one of the four home nations also to vote for it. I think that is right, it’s sensible, it’s reasonable. It would also be in line with what the Westminster parties told us during the referendum on Scottish independence was the case that is that the UK is a family of nations, a partnership of equals.”
And she can take comfort that a Scotsman can have exactly the same voting rights as an Englishman that is a partnership of equals which will apply in this debate, the SNP don’t speak for Scotland, they don’t speak for me.
Sturgeon cannot manipulate the vote, the question or timing like the SNP could in the Scottish independence referendum, it’s all out of their hands.
Ordinary people have a right to decide whether they wanted Scottish independence, the majority said No, that question has been settled for now, people of Britain have a right to decide if they want to leave the EU.
But the SNP don’t want people to have their say if it looks like they will not agree with them, so want to change the rules, this really is pathetic stuff.
Sturgeon’s intervention looks like an attempt to use any excuse to call for an independence referendum on a made up pretext.
You lost Sturgeon, your party lost Sturgeon, your ‘jolly fat man’ Alex Salmond lost Sturgeon.
Not even in the top job and already talking utter trash on EU!
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University