SNP hatches fresh plot to rejoin EU – but Boris immediately slaps down ‘reckless’ plan

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SNP ministers have developed the “Steadfastly European, Scotland’s past, present and future strategy” which outlines how the Scottish Government will move forward with a second independence vote and rejoin the EU in an independent Scotland. But nationalist ministers were last night accused of “stoking division across Scotland” after the strategy was published yesterday.

The document says the Scottish Government “profoundly regrets” both the UK Government’s decision to leave the EU and the “terms on which that is happening.”

Edinburgh officials added in the document: “It is under no illusions as to the gravity of those choices – imposed on Scotland, not made by Scotland.”

However, they stressed the Scottish people had the “democratic right” to decide whether a better “future is as an independent country or country presently within the voluntary union of the UK.”

As an independent country, SNP led administration officials stressed Scotland “wishes to contribute to EU values as a member state.”

Taking aim at Boris’s Johnson’s Government, the Scottish Government, continued: “Whilst the UK Government has chosen to secede abruptly from the forward-looking internationalist project which is the European Union, the Scottish Government’s intention is that Scotland will return to the EU fold.

“Like the EU, the UK is a voluntary union of countries.

“That is a foundation upon which the UK constitutional order is constructed.”

The document, which has been signed off by Constitution Secretary Michael Russell, claimed that the UK “must not be deaf to the democratic wishes of its constituent nations.”

Committing to maintaining friendships with the rest of the UK, the strategy stressed: “Scotland will always be the firmest of friends with our closest neighbours in the rest of the UK.”

It made clear that future Scotland “faces today outside the EU is one that is fundamentally different to that promised by those who campaigned for a no vote in 2014.”

Last night, officials also admitted that staff in their Brussels office were in “daily contact” and having “informal discussions” with their EU counterparts amid increasing tensions over dealing with post-Brexit trade obligations.

Speaking at Holyrood’s Europe Committee, Fergus Ewing, Scotland’s Rural Economy Secretary, added: “The formal legal responsibility—indeed, the duty—rests with the UK to make progress with the Commission.

“These are largely operational problems, and they result because—we repeatedly warned both Mr Eustice and Mr Gove about this—the imposition of a brand-new bureaucratic system was bound to lead to tears.”

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But Dean Lockhart MSP, Scottish Conservative Constitution Spokesman told the Express: “The last thing Scotland needs is another reckless and illegal independence referendum.

“Instead of civil servants spending extensive time producing documents on constitutional matters, we should all be focused on fighting the pandemic and rebuilding our communities.

“Language like this from the SNP Government only helps to stoke division across Scotland.”

In response, a UK Government spokesman said: “Now, more than ever, people in Scotland want to see the UK Government and devolved administration working together to protect lives and livelihoods.

“The United Kingdom is the most successful political and economic union the world has ever seen, and this pandemic and our collective response, from the furlough scheme to vaccine procurement and the backing of our military personnel, has shown that we are at our strongest when we work together towards a common goal.

“The Prime Minister remains fully committed to strengthening and levelling up all parts of the country by empowering local communities across the United Kingdom.”

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