Scottish independence worries Spain

Spain could wield veto over Scotland's EU membership


Independence for Scots could embolden separatists in Catalonia and Basque region, Madrid fears


Spain is standing in the way of Scotland's ambitions to become an independent nation within the European Union because of fears that it could spark the break-up of the Spanish state.

Spanish officials have registered concerns with counterparts in the United Kingdom over the Scottish government's independence blueprint, senior Whitehall sources confirmed yesterday.

Spain has indicated it could block an independent Scotland's accession to the European Union, sources said. It has already refused to recognise Kosovo's existence as an independent state. Madrid fears such moves will encourage separatist ambitions in Spanish regions, particularly Catalonia and the Basque region. Spain's refusal to recognise Kosovo has frustrated the former Serbian province's ambitions to enter the union.

Source: The Independent



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Do you think Scotland should break free of the UK or do you think there would be more disadvantages with a split?




Comments

Michael Follon said…
This post is obviously based on the article 'Spain could wield veto over Scotland's EU membership' in todays edition of 'The Independent'. Here is the link to a post on Craig Murray's blog titled 'Anti-Scottish Propaganda' http://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2012/01/anti-scottish-propaganda/ about the article.
Anonymous said…
Good night Graham:

I always have thought everything depends of everything. The cell depends or the tissue, this of the organ, this of the system, this of the organism, this of the species, this of the life, this of the Eart, etc. Everything depends of everything and nothing is independent. Now, I am sure absolutely.

I think the people say they are independent because want to have the advantage. The piece of country that wants to be independent is because is richer than the rest. I suppose the Scontland is richer than other parts of the United Kingdom. In Spain, País Vasco and Cataluña vere the regions richest, although now no.

It´s possible the Spanish government worries by that, but the Spanish public opinion has changed and there are too many people that want the independencie of both, principaly the young people.

In the Europe Union the most important country is Germany that is the union of the west Germany and the east Germany and the countries with least power are the small countries, like Portugal, Ireland and Greece.

Anyway, when the Frenche revolution, in 1789, it said freedom, fraternity and equality and nowadays it says freedom, freedom and freedom.

See you soon. José.
Graham said…
José,

Good night? Nooooooooo - you should say "good evening"; "good night" is like saying "goodbye" but when you go to bed.


I HAVE ALWAYS thought everything DEPENDS ON everything. CELLS depend ON TISSUE, WHICH DEPEND ON ORGANS, WHICH DEPENDS ON the system, WHICH DEPENDS ON the organism, WHICH DEPENDS ON the species, WHICH DEPENDS ON life, WHICH DEPENDS ON the Earth, etc. Everything DEPENDS ON everything and nothing is independent. Now, I AM ABSOLUTELY SURE.

I think PEOPLE* say they are independent BECAUSE THEY want to have AN advantage. The piece of country that wants to be independent is BECAUSE IT is richer than the rest. I suppose Scotland is richer than other parts of the United Kingdom. In Spain, País Vasco and Cataluña were THE RICHEST REGIONS, although now THIS ISN'T THE CASE.

It´s possible the Spanish government WORRIES ABOUT IT, but Spanish public opinion has changed and there are too many people that want INDEPENDENCE FROM both, MAINLY YOUNG people.

In the Europe Union the most important country is Germany, WHICH is the union of WEST Germany and EAST Germany and the countries with least power are the small countries, like Portugal, Ireland and Greece.

Anyway, when the French revolution HAPPENED in 1789, THEY said freedom, fraternity and equality and nowadays THEY SAY freedom, freedom and freedom.


I don't think you can compare the case for Scottish independence to the situation in Spain. As far as I know, Catalonia and the Basque Country have never been independent states.

The Scots nationalists claim that oil revenue alone would mean Scotland can be self-sufficient. However compared to much of the Uk, Scotland is "poorer".

The referendum is not until late 2014 so we will hear a lot more about arguements for and against independence.


See you on Tuesday.
Anonymous said…
Thanks very much Graham.

I talked about the independence of countries in generally. I don´t know about your country Scotland because we studied the history about England and I thought Scotland was inside it. I´m sorry. I would like to learn about Scotland, so I´m going to look for internet but you should make up a post about it. I don´t think it was very hard for you, because you don´t have problems to open a page everyday.

See you tomorrow. José.
Graham said…
Oh nooooooo, José! You disappoint me - I thought you were more knowledgeable than that. LOL

The UK is a union like the EU if you like, only much older and with fewer members.

And who knows? It might be HEADING FOR a BREAK UP.


I talked about the independence of countries IN GENERAL. I don´t know about your country Scotland because we studied the HISTORY OF England and I thought Scotland was inside it. I´m sorry. I would like to learn about Scotland, so I´m going to LOOK FOR INFORMATION ON THE internet but you should make up a post about it.


I'll try to create a post sometime to help you learn more about Scottish history. IN THE MEANTIME, you can CHECK OUT the label "Scotland".