Opinion John Downing

Sunday 17 December 2017

Enda Kenny may be asked to back our Celtic cousins in EU membership row

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Collins
Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Collins

A simple question will be put to Scotland's four million voters on September 18: 'Should Scotland be an independent country?'

But the detailed implications of a 'Yes' vote will be felt far beyond the borders of Scotland, with huge implications for the island of Ireland. In Brussels, and across many other member-state capitals, a 'Yes' to independence poses huge challenges and has already led to tensions at many levels. Taoiseach Enda Kenny could be also posed with a serious dilemma at EU level. Kenny may be publicly asked to back our Celtic cousins in a row over future membership - bringing separatist and Celtic issues in these islands to the top of the political agenda for the first time since 1922.

In many ways, Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond set out to bring a European dimension to this referendum long before it seemed likely such a plebiscite would ever take place. Salmond has been a frequent visitor to Brussels and his party's MEPs have worked hard on tracking all the possible EU implications of future independence.

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