The Wee Black Book

What happened after Scotland voted No
What happened after Scotland voted No

Europe

One of the arguments put forward most forcefully by the “Better Together” campaign was that voting No was the only way to stay in the European Union.

leave eu if yes vote

Yet just a few weeks from the publication of this book, a Scottish electorate which overwhelmingly wants to stay in the EU (polls show a margin of between 2:1 and 3:1 in favour of remaining) faces the prospect of being dragged out against its will by the votes of England, which as we write are poised on a 50/50 knife-edge.

This is happening despite the firmest assurances during the referendum campaign of Alistair Carmichael, the Orkney and Shetland MP and former Secretary of State for Scotland, who was the subject of this Farmers Guardian report of a National Farmers Union debate in March 2014:

carmichael says no mechanism for eu vote

The chances of an independent Scotland being forcibly ejected from the EU were effectively zero, because nobody actually wanted that to happen.

But the danger of it happening because Scotland chose to stay in the UK is now very real indeed. Whether or not you may personally want to remain in the EU, the democratic wishes of Scotland face being steamrollered.