Anonymous said: Just wanted to run this scenario past you, since you're pro Scottish independence. What do you think will happen if Scotland votes no, then David Cameron gets back in as Prime Minister (maybe with a majority in the Commons). And then has his referendum on the EU and the rUK votes to leave the EU? Is Scotland pro-Europe, didn't it elect a UKIP MEP?
Wow, great question. I try not to think about these types of questions, as I’m focussing on getting a yes vote and believe we will vote for independence.
But the question you ask is a really important one. Let me just answer the part is Scotland pro-Europe or not. Consistently polling has shown that Scotland is not as fiercely Eurosceptic as England has become. There has been a consistent majority in favour of remaining in Europe, although this is modest, usually in the mid-50s percentage wise. For me personally, the fact a UKIP MEP was elected in Scotland was an utter embarrassment, but democracy is an imperfect beast. over 100,000 voted for UKIP in Scotland so we can’t dismiss that. But UKIP squeezed in because the left and centre-left vote was split between the Greens and the SNP.
Now as to a no vote and the Tories taking us out of Europe, well that’s quite the scenario. In my opinion, if Scotland remains in the Union and David Cameron achieves a majority or forms another coalition with a pro-referendum party, tries to renegotiate Britain’s membership to the EU and then puts the results to the people in an in/out referendum, then two things will happen.
Firstly (and I don’t think this will happen, because political, Scotland is absolutely electric at the moment) we will just accept it and say nothing, even if we voted to remain in the EU.
Secondly - and much more likely- if Scotland votes to remain in Europe, but is pulled out because of the Eurosceptic vote, particularly in England, there will be absolute uproar. I have no doubt, there will be a mass demand for another referendum on whether Scotland should remain in the UK, and if one is granted, we will vote yes, dissolve the political Union with the rUK and seek to join the EU as an independent state.
Its a good question you asked, hope this response is satisfying.