Wednesday, 29 October 2014

BBC News: SNP's Sturgeon says UK withdrawal from EU 'must have' four nation backing

BBC News: SNP's Sturgeon says UK withdrawal from EU 'must have' four nation backing


David Cameron has promised a referendum on EU membership if the Conservatives win next May's General Election.

At prime minister's questions, Mr Cameron insisted any vote would be decided by a UK-wide majority.

In response to a question from Conservative MP Bill Cash on Ms Sturgeon's comments, he told MPs: "We are one United Kingdom. There'll be one in/out referendum."

UKIP MEP for Scotland David Coburn said Ms Sturgeon's idea was "ridiculous".

David Coburn: "We are part of the United Kingdom. Our country is Great Britain."
Ms Sturgeon plans to write to other political parties seeking support for her idea.

Ms Sturgeon plans to write to other political parties seeking support for her idea.

She suggested that if a referendum Bill came before the House of Commons her party would table an amendment.

Nicola Sturgeon: "The UK is not a unitary state it is a family of nations."
It would require that, for the UK to leave the EU, it would need "not just a majority across the whole UK but a majority in each one of the four nations - England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland".

In an interview with BBC Radio's Good Morning Scotland, Ms Sturgeon said: "If you look at states like Australia and Canada there are some circumstances where changes to their constitution requires not just a majority across the country but in each of the provinces as well.

"The UK is not a unitary state it is a family of nations, it is made up of the four home nations.

"We were told during the referendum that each of these nations had equal status, that our voices mattered.

"If that is the case I think it is right that something that would have such significant consequences for jobs, for the economy, for our standing in the world, it should require the consent of not just the UK as a whole but that family of nations."



Go for it, Nicola!

She's absolutely right. It would be monstrous if a majority of English voted to leave the EU while a majority of Welsh and Scots voted to stay. If the government are serious about maintaining the Union with Scotland, they must take Scottish views on Europe into account.

The Scots and the Welsh will never accept the grotesque Little Englander vision that Tory backbenchers and UKIP want to impose on our nation.

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