Referendum 2014
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The Scottish independence referendum and the debate about Scotland's constitutional future
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Alex Salmond's fisheries threat to EU alarms industry

Alex Salmond's fisheries threat to EU alarms industry | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Salmond claimed 12 countries could be barred from Scottish waters if an independent Scotland was refused EU membership
Peter A Bell's insight:

One can only gaze in slack-jawed wonder at the magnificent hypocrisy of David Mundell. Alex Salmond has done no more than spell out the potential implications of Scotland being expelled/excluded from the EU. It is unionists who talk incessantly of the various barriers to trade and travel that they intend to put in place as retribution for the people of Scotland exercising their democratic right of self-determination.

Of late, we've had the likes of George "Cataclysmic" Robertson making a huge fuss about how Scotland restoring its rightful constitutional status would have an impact on the rest of Europe and the world. Salmond is merely stating the rather obvious fact that the punitive sanctions being threatened by the British state would also have consequences.

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Tavish Scott: Spain sure to go fishing after a yes

Tavish Scott: Spain sure to go fishing after a yes | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
FOR any who turn their back on the traditional turkey next week fish is an alternative. It is best when fresh, lightly cooked and not smothered in a stultifying sauce.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Were any still in doubt that Tavish Scott is a slavering buffoon following his irresponsible dalliance with the politics of partition, this doubt will have been dispelled on reading his daft notion that Scotland's independence will magically mean more fish in the sea.

With this idiocy in mind, we may then more appropriately assess the credibility of Tavish Scott's latest work on behalf of Project Fear - his scare story about Spain taking over Scotland's fishing grounds if we vote Yes.

What strikes me most about this is the way the Tumshie automatically assumes that Scotland will be powerless in negotiations with the EU and that we would be obliged to accede to whatever demands Madrid makes. This is yet another manifestation of the British nationalist's innate contempt for Scotland.

As a unionist, Tavish Scott is quite incapable of regarding Scotland's fishing grounds as a bargaining chip in the hands of the Scottish Government. Something which, along with renewables potential and much else, would strengthen the bargaining power of Scotland's negotiators.

Just as the oil is a benefit to Britain but a liability to an independent Scotland, so to Tavish, as to all British nationalists, a seat at the top table is only a valuable advantage so long as that seat is occupied by a representative of the British state. The default assumption is that Scotland simply couldn't cope. Norway does well as a small country negotiating on its own behalf. But Tavish simply cannot conceive of Scotland aspiring to do likewise.

Being as shallow-minded as British nationalists tend to be, Tavish misses another point. Member states in the EU do not stand alone. They form groups. Blocs using their combined negotiating power to pursue some common interest. Tavish Scott, blinded by his British nationalist ideology and his sneering contempt for Scotland, sees no possibility of Scotland being part of any such grouping. He envisages Scotland powerless and alone, shunned by the rest of Europe which he imagines standing in solidarity with the British state's petty desire to seek revenge for the perceived slight of a vote to restore Scotland's rightful constitutional status.

It simply doesn't occur to the clown that Scotland and Norway would have a shred interest in protecting North Sea fishing grounds.

Look closely at Tavish Scott. Ask yourself whether this is the sort of person you want to empower by voting No.

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Alex Salmond threatens to blockade North Sea over EU membership

Alex Salmond threatens to blockade North Sea over EU membership | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
An independent Scotland would threaten to blockade the North Sea from foreign trawlers unless it was offered acceptable terms for joining the EU, the First Minister's spokesman has said.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Another day, another deranged offering from Simon Johnson. As less terminally prejudiced observers will be aware, there is no "threat" here. Simply a statement of the plain facts. If Scotland were somehow ejected from the EU - and bear in mind that no unionist mouthpiece has ever managed to explain how this might come about - then those countries which currently have access to Scotland's fishing grounds would lose that privilege.

It seems that rabid British nationalists such as Johnson simply can't stand the idea that Scotland might actually have some cards to play in the post-independence negotiations. All these Britnat fanatics are interested in is that Scotland should be punished for having the effrontery to challenge the divinely ordained British state. And they are deluded enough to imagine other countries will sacrifice their own interests in order to support rump UK's little low-level war of retribution.

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Hague all at sea on Common Fisheries Policy | Scottish National Party

Hague all at sea on Common Fisheries Policy | Scottish National Party | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

During Foreign Office questions today at Westminster, Foreign Secretary William Hague suggested that what he referred to as the ‘disastrous’ Common  Fisheries Policy (CFP ), was an example of the kind of reform that the UK  Government would aim for before the in-out referendum which eurosceptic Tories want in 2017.

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Fishing sector 'to gain' post Yes

Fishing sector 'to gain' post Yes | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Scotland's Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead has insisted the country's fishing industry would be stronger under independence.

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SNP in threat to block foreign fishing boats from North Sea

AN INDEPENDENT Scotland would block the North Sea to foreign fishing boats unless it could strike a favourable deal to join the European Union, SNP ministers have warned.

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