Scotland is a pro-European nation that rejects David Cameron’s referendum on wresting back powers from the EU, Nicola Sturgeon has told an audience in Brussels.Well that last bit seems to make the statement appear to be a bit of wishful thinking on Sturgeon's part, though in this she's actually toeing the SNP party line in that rule by England = bad, rule by Brussels = good. This is despite having their own parliament (which is more than the English have) as well as more control over what happens to their countrymen and women (ditto)
The Deputy First Minister said Scots are far less sceptical of Europe than the English and pledged that a separate Scotland would be “proud and constructive partners in the European family”. She said the Prime Minister was “sleepwalking towards the exit” from Europe by promising an in-out EU referendum after he negotiates the repatriation of some powers back to the UK. Speaking to an audience that included representatives of countries like Andorra and Montenegro, but none of the major powers like Spain or Germany, she admitted for the first time Scotland's EU membership cannot be taken "for granted". But she faced accusations of departing from reality after claiming a separate Scotland could negotiate membership within only 16 months, while at the same time obtaining special treatment on the euro and the UK’s £3 billion rebate. Her statements on Scottish attitudes to the EU partly clashed with an opinion poll published earlier this month, which found 58 per cent of people backed the EU referendum planned for 2017 and 36 per cent are opposed.
Frankly if the SNP want to go their own way most English would cheer them on, if they want to take our place in the EU we'd no doubt assist them in doing so. Problem is, most English cannot see them doing so, but we hope. Perhaps if the SNP had allowed the English a vote as to whether we wanted to keep Scotland, the referendum on independence might have been a foregone conclusion.
It does rather strike me that the SNP's narrative vis the English seems to be more a figment of their own imaginings, most of us have far more contempt of Westminster than they do seeing it as British rule of the English nation. Certainly the MP's elected there don't seem to go out of their way to look after the largest nation.
Still I suppose it's a case of the big lie theory. Keep pushing the English = bad and no doubt some will believe it, certainly the number of violent attacks on the English by Scots as well as casual bigotry by some would appear to indicate that hate is a stronger binding factor than persuasion.
Still it might be the ultimate act of revenge by the English on the Scots, pushing through their membership of the EU as we get out.