Tony Miklinski told Express.co.uk that Scotland’s current economic performance and aging population has resulted in the country being unable to thrive. The Conservative councillor for Cupar questioned why the European Union would want to burden themselves with Scotland’s economic dependence following the devastating impact of the coronavirus crisis, as Nicola Sturgeon continues to push for independence.
Mr Miklinski said: “I do not think they would want to break cover until the question was asked but why would you take on a country that is in need of economic assistance?
“If you look at Scotland’s deficit, when you look at the expenditure on public services, the balance of the population, the demographics, Scotland certainly has so many good things going for it but right with the aging population and its economic performance it is not able to thrive as things stand.
“I can’t see why the European Union would want to take on any further burdens given the fact they are already coping with their own problems post COVID.”
During the same interview, Mr Miklinski warned Scotland’s First Minister the economic impact of Scotland joining the EU would be huge.
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The Scottish Conservative politician also outlined Scotland does not currently meet the criteria for membership of the bloc.
Mr Miklinsk saidi: “Various politicians have been quoted as saying ‘we would look favourably on a Scottish request for concession’.
“However, the rules say that in order to join the EU they need to see you take the euro as the currency.
“They need to see a deficit that is less than three percent.
“Scotland’s currently sits at minus seven percent and is worsening, it certainly will post COVID-19.
“So that is the kind of austerity that would be required.”
He continued: “Remember what happened when a country was told to take somebody else’s currency, Greece, when they didn’t have the economic platform to build on it.
“Scotland is in a worse position than any of the other European Union countries.
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“So the economic impact would be huge.
“Why the EU would want to make an exception for Scotland is not at all clear to me.”
Nicola Sturgeon campaigned for Scottish independence during the 2014 referendum.
Despite Scotland choosing to remain part of the UK, Scotland’s First Minister has continued to call for a second referendum on Scottish independence.
Source Daily Express :: UK Feed