Cookie Monster Posted November 14, 2019 #351 Share Posted November 14, 2019 1 hour ago, L.A.T.1961 said: SNP look like they are digging themselves into a hole. The stop brexit approach does not square with the leave UK IndyRef2 position. Demanding a new IndyRef lost the SNP votes at the last election and should have cost Sturgeon her job. The Scottish deficit gives a black hole in their economy, if independent, that would require super austerity or big tax rises to fill. Scotland’s notional deficit stood at £12.6bn or 7% of GDP, including North Sea oil revenues, compared with the UK’s total £23.5bn deficit, which includes Scotland’s figure. The UK deficit is equivalent to 1.1% of its GDP. Scotland’s notional deficit was the highest in the EU. Cyprus had the next nearest, at 4.8%, while Romania’s was at 3% and France at 2.5%. EU membership rules require member states to have a budget deficit below 3%. If Scotland wants to rejoin EU it will have to meet their deficit targets first. SNP wants Trident scrapped and confirmed that a Scottish government would refuse to repay its share of UK debt after independence. Not something everybody in Scotland will be happy with. The SNP do well when sat on the sidelines and sniping at Westminster but not when the GE spotlight is shone in their direction. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/aug/21/scotland-2018-deficit-higher-than-uk-as-a-whole-last-year North Sea oil supplies were discovered in the 1970s centuries after Scotland joined in union with England. Not only that but the bulk of UK owned rigs exist 300km to 500km off the shore of Scotland rather than just a few miles off its coast. So the shear arrogance of the SNP claiming that Scotland will inherit those oil fields is remarkable. They have never been a Scottish asset, they have always been a UK asset in UK territorial waters. Scotland makes up 10% of the UK population so its only fair they should get 10% of the oil taxes. Mind you, saying that, I of course dont believe in an independent Scotland. The UK union does more for it than the EU one as the rest of Britain is its major trading partner. The SNP want independence for independence sake because its comprised of politicians who hate the English. 4 Top Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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