Headline bears no relation to text as ‘Scotland looks well-placed to re-join EU’

Kirsty Hughes, an Associate Professor specialising in Human Rights Law, joint General Editor of the European Human Rights Law Review and Deputy Director of the Centre for Public Law, University of Cambridge does not, as far as I can see use the term ‘hurdles.’

Indeed, disappointingly for the headline writer perhaps, her piece is peppered with very encouraging phrases such as:

It’s not obvious why an independent Scotland would look more problematic, as an EU candidate than say Greece after its dictatorship, the divided island of Cyprus or Latvia and Lithuania after decades in the Soviet bloc.


And independent Scotland, in this broad picture, looks well-placed to re-join as a full member state, not least having been in the EU for 47 years as part of the UK.

Yet, if independence happened in the next few years, Scotland would surely have a big advantage over many earlier EU applicants since many, perhaps most of its laws would still be aligned with EU ones.

And EU observers, asked to comment on such a scenario, frequently suggest suggest that an independent Scotland would be welcome and face a rather swifter accession process than the the more complex path facing current western Balkans candidates.

Hughes does refer to details but the clear message, contrary to the headline, is no problem.


5 thoughts on “Headline bears no relation to text as ‘Scotland looks well-placed to re-join EU’

  1. I feel that our elected MP’s and MSP’s plus those non elected people that support independence are often woefully prepared to answer questions on all the project fear issues that have been with us since 2013. It is not hard to get information on pensions, EU membership, U.K. debt, the economy, a constitution etc etc.
    Yes groups, Believe in Scotland, YouTube, HMRC and many other sources have all this available. The sad fact is that most of our Yes supporting people that are asked by the media questions on specific areas of interest are still not educated on many facts making themselves and the cause look ill prepared. Time to wake up.

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  2. Difficulties in (re) joining the EU ?
    Alternatively why not pose the question –
    ”Why would any country/territorial area wish to join ( remain in ) the present blatantly corrupt , incompetently governed UK where the Poor are constantly asked to make sacrifices to protect the rich , where many taxpayers freeze as Energy Firms make sky-high profits , where one of the world’s wealthiest families is subsidised by the poorest ( and this is called ”service to the nation ” ) , where a billionaire chancellor cuts £20 per week from the poorest and is seen as the favourite to become the next leader of the country , where the Governor of the Bank of England ( sic ) on a salary of £575,000 exhorts workers NOT to ask for a pay rise , …

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  3. It obviously reflects the bias of the Herald newspaper, and Tom Gordon in particular, but at least its a start in what should be a national debate.
    Without a media which recognised ethical journalism, we may never get a serious informed debate on our future.
    You get a flavour of this in the recent “pension discussion”, where Brit Nat Ultras overwhelm us with nonsense–this while the State Pension is being REDUCED by the Chancellor, by a whopping £500 per annum.
    You wont see that as a headline in the Herald!

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  4. Unionists are going to try and compare England’s Union with the European one and suggest to people that extracating yourself from a union after 300 years will be much more challenging than the 40 years as part of Europe and that the difficulty will be magnified by a factor of 8 as a consequence.
    Ireland has managed to do this in recent history quite successfully and there is no doubt that had they still been part of England’s Union they would be in a pretty sorry state today.


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