Friday 9 December 2016

Scotland will be dragged out of the EU against its will

Published 28/06/2016 | 02:30

Scottish independence supporters ahead of the 2014 referendum there. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Scottish independence supporters ahead of the 2014 referendum there. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Life is full of the most unexpected ironies. When Scotland voted to remain in the UK despite all the 'Braveheart' patriotism, there was a huge sigh of relief, not least within Scotland itself.

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Now to its horror, precisely because of that vote, Scotland finds itself dragged unwillingly out of the EU thanks to a majority Leave vote in the same UK it had opted to remain in.

Had it voted out of the UK several years ago, it would have been free to chart its own waters. We Irish are familiar with this scenario: from the 1801 Act of Union to independence we almost always lost out to the wishes of the greater populations of England and Wales and few were the times when Westminster acted in favour of this province alone.

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