George Galloway dismissed suggestions from Nicola Sturgeon over Scotland applying to join the European Union once independent from the United Kingdom. The Scottish First Minister was refused a new independence referendum earlier this year after a campaign in which she claimed Brexit would have a devastating impact on the national economy, calling on Scots to back her plans to become an EU member state in the future. But Mr Galloway pointed out one single EU state could block any Scottish attempt to accede the union because of concerns of a domestic break.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Galloway said: “It only takes one vote to veto it. That vote would most likely come from Spain, but it could come from Italy, too.
“The Spanish would have to think very carefully about voting to allow a breakaway part of Britain to enter the EU because there are plenty of breakaway parts in Spain that would like to do the same thing.
“Moreover, very foolishly the Scottish Government, the SNP, have gotten themselves way too deeply involved in the Catalonia question – giving asylum to fugitives from Spanish justice, waving the Catalan flag at every opportunity, both literally and metaphorically.
“They have done everything they could to enrage the Spanish state. You certainly can’t rule out Spain would cast a nay vote on that.”
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George Galloway warned the SNP “enraged” Spain with their vocal support for Catalonia
Scotland refused Spanish requests to extradite Clara Ponsatí, the former Education Councillor of the Generalitat of Catalonia, over the role she played in the disputed independence referendum of October 1, 2017.
The Catalan economist, the former director of the School of Economics and Finance at the University of St Andrews, initially went into exile in Belgium after the Spanish Government threatened her with arrest after the Constitutional Court of Spain declared the referendum to break away from Madrid unconstitutional.
Despite warning Spain would likely veto Scotland’s request to become a member state, Mr Galloway suggested Brussels could be willing to accept Ms Sturgeon’s request should she secure the independence from the UK.
He continued: “A kind of schadenfreude would guide the European Union to accept Scottish entry into the union, but only on the fiscal rules.
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“The EU cannot afford to allow Scotland a deficit of 12 percent because if Scotland can have a deficit of 12 percent, then so could they all. In this case, the European Central Bank and the euro are bankrupt.
“But they might for reasons of discomforting the remaining British state.”
Appetite for a second referendum on Scottish independence grew following the Brexit decision, where 62 percent of Scottish voters chose to remain, with 38 percent voting to leave.
Petitioning Boris Johnson, Ms Sturgeon requested that the question of independence once again be put to the Scottish people for a final decision.
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Appetite for a second referendum on Scottish independence has fluctuated since the Brexit referendum
However, in a decisive move, the Prime Minister formally rejected the bid, putting his foot down on the issue.
In a copy of the correspondence to the First Minister posted on Twitter, Mr Johnson told Ms Sturgeon “you and your predecessor made a personal promise that the 2014 Independence Referendum was a ‘once in a generation’ vote.”
As a result, the Prime Minister said he could not agree to “any request for a transfer of power that would lead to further independence referendums.”
Mr Johnson went on to state that another referendum could “continue the political stagnation Scotland has seen for the past decade.”
He said: “It is time that we all worked to bring the whole of the United Kingdom together and unleash the potential of this great country.”