No answer from No campaign
By Ian McKerron
Three important questions about Scotland and the European Union were put to the head of the No campaign Alistair Darling today.
They were posed when he and Yes Scotland chief executive Blair Jenkins went head-to-head for the first time in a Daily Politics television interview.
Q1. Asked by Blair Jenkins – Will you withdraw the No campaign’s false assertion that an independent Scotland could be forced to join the euro?…..No answer.
Q2. Asked by Blair Jenkins – Is it the No campaign’s official position that an independent Scotland would find itself outside the EU and would have to re-apply for membership?.....No answer.
Q3. Asked by Jo Coburn, Daily Politics interviewer –Alistair Darling, you’re scaremongering?.....No answer.
Perhaps not altogether surprising from the chairman of the No campaign!
The answers he should have provided:
1. No I won’t, even though I know an independent Scotland couldn't be forced to join the euro.
2. Yes it is, although I couldn't possibly admit that in public.
- Question Mark image by Colin Kinner, via flickr
by Angus Millar
In a series of interviews published today, senior politicians and academics from Denmark have said that the country would ‘welcome’ an independent Scotland into the European Union, and that the transition process to independent membership of the EU would be a ‘mere formality’ which could ‘happen overnight’.
by Toni Giugliano
Last night Croatia became the 28th Member of the European Union. Thousands celebrated the country’s accession through the streets of Zagreb as the country became the second ex-Yugoslav state to join the EU. On the same day, Lithuania took over the EU Presidency, from Ireland, for the first time since joining in 2004.
Yes Scotland today welcomed comments by an adviser to the German government that Scotland would remain part of the European Union after independence.
The Sunday Herald reports that economics professor Roland Vaubel said the idea that an independent Scotland would not be a EU member had "no basis" in European treaties.
People from a range of EU countries and now living in Scotland came together today to voice support for a Yes vote in next year's independence referendum.
Citizens from countries such as Poland, Italy, France and England gathered in Edinburgh to say why they want Scotland to stay in the EU - and why independence is the best way to guarantee it.