SCOTTISH independence is a "folly on a grand scale" that would significantly weaken UK global influence, Sir John Major told MPs.
The infinitely forgettable John Major has no say in government policy, of course. But might it be that he is flying a kite for David Cameron? When he asserts that Scotland will face a "decade-long fight to be admitted to the EU", this can only mean that the UK/rUK government intends to obstruct the transition process. No other member state would have any interest in doing so.
What Major fails to explain is how the UK/rUK government would go about this project to prevent Scotland's membership of the EU. He does not explain how the UK/rUK government will contrive to have Scotland ejected from the EU in the first place, Currently, there is no process by which this can be done. So the UK/rUK government would have to devise such a process, which would then have to be approved by all the other member states.
What kind of fool believes that getting approval for an expulsion process is more feasible and more likely than Scotland being accepted as a continuing member of the EU?
And what of the danger that UK/rUK will be seen as "damaged and diminished" in the wider world? With all the vaunting arrogance of the British nationalist Major blithely assumes that the sacrifice of Scotland's interests for the benefit of the British state is a price worth paying. He literally cannot comprehend why anyone might object. The sovereignty of Scotland's people is as nothing compared to a face-saving exercise on behalf of the British establishment.
With a shallowness of thought that is as characteristic of the British nationalist ideologue as puffed-up arrogance, Major totally fails to consider the effect on the British state's reputation of a petty and petulant effort to force Scotland out of the EU. It will be plain to all that there can be no rational explanation for such conduct. UK/rUK will be seen to be acting on the basest of motivations. Does Major seriously believe that such puerile spitefulness is what wins a nation respect in the world? Or is he merely harking back to an earlier age when power was its own justification and the pointless exercise of power was part of the ritual of empire?