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  1. EU Referendum

    If Scotland secedes from the Union, then according to several EU sources ( Herman Van Rompuy / José Manuel Barroso / EU Commission) at the time of Indy1, they would be treated as a 3rd start, rather than a successor state. This means they would need to follow Article 49. The normal EU membership application process. It took Croatia a decade to complete this process. It was estimated that it would take Scotland between 5-10 years to do it via Article 49. Salmond suggested 18 months, but he was assuming that they would negotiate successor state status, which looked very unlikely back in 2014. Not sure if that position would change post Brexit or not?? Some of the more difficult acquis for iScotland to achieve are: No currency No central bank / monetory authority No public broadcaster or broadcasting regulatory framework No tax regulator or enforcement agency No competition authority No financial regulator I am sure there are more & none are insurmountable, but it will take time to implement the relevant frameworks and authorities and then each acquis will be evaluated by the EU before being accepted. This process takes time. On top of that, as a new member with no opt outs, iScotland will be in Shengen, committed to joining the eurozone etc. These are currently probably a step too far for a large % of the Scottish electorate at this time and polling suggests that even in the event of a Brexit, there wouldn't be enough appetite in Scotland to vote to secede in the near future, which means Sturgeon won't call for a referendum.
  2. General News Discussion

    I'm not sure where Dick sourced his image, but looking at all of the published info from the latest persistent poverty study, the picture seems quite different to the impression made using that one graph: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/personalandhouseholdfinances/incomeandwealth/articles/persistentpovertyintheukandeu/2014 For example, the following is a representation of those at risk of permanent poverty: Poverty rates as a percentage of overall population: And tellingly, given Dick's original image showed figures for people in poverty at least once in a 5 year period, the following shows the rate of persistent poverty as a percentage of overall poverty: There is a lot of interesting analysis on the report, but I don't suppose that would grab as many headlines. I did find the snipper comments interesting on the tweet: dan watson ‏@rosehemming4 1h1 hour ago @DickGraceless Norway is not even on the grid, this is a country that Scotland could have emulated. It seems that whilst the comparison between Scotland & Norway is one that just won't go away, some snippers still haven't learnt that Norway isn't in the EU.
  3. EU Referendum

    Is it not funny that he can't even manage to get to lead the official out campaign, when out is his entire raison d'être?
  4. The Dirty Independence Question

    And yet the grant was made outside of normal procedures. Audit Scotland only validated that T met the criteria for a grant - and that's despite Hyslop not fulfilling the SG's own requirements for making a grant (she never read the paperwork to know it met the criteria before making the grant) But don't let that stop you stretching the truth into a lie. I hadn't seen that reported at the time. Interesting comments from the report on BBC though: "There is evidence that the DF Concerts consultants' costs associated with gaining planning consent incurred in 2014 and 2015 for the 2015 event, together with the increase in venue costs, exceeded the grant Scottish government provided. There is also evidence that Scottish government has taken steps to confirm that the money was spent in line with the grant conditions through its review of the final report provided by DF Concerts and related invoices. We understand that Scottish government requires flexibility to react promptly to circumstances as they arise, but in our view this needs to be balanced with enhanced internal clarity and evidence to support decision-making."
  5. The Dirty Independence Question

    I know, it doesn't make sense from someone who professes to actually understand the issues and care for the welfare of his countrymen. Either the SNP were absolutely naive in their economic plans or they were playing very fast and loose with the truth. Neither option would have me supporting them or sticking my head in the sand hoping for better times, but they are apparently still good enough for John's vote.
  6. The Dirty Independence Question

    From reports today I read that the increases in council tax bands could expect to net a further £100m a year. It's going to take a while to repay the ever growing council debt mountain if that's the best they can do. https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/politics/holyrood/848586/scotlands-councils-almost-16-billion-in-debt/
  7. EU Referendum

    So do you object to not having input into who political parties select for candidacy, or do you object to proportional representation in general? yes, the European Parliament has the following legislative powers: Passing EU laws, together with the Council of the EU, based on European Commission proposals Deciding on international agreements Deciding on enlargements Reviewing the Commission's work programme and asking it to propose legislation Why, do you not like them? Campaign against them next time round, or get involved and get yourself on the ballot. If they've done something against the rules, report it to the office of the president of the EP, they have the powers to convene a hearing and apply sanctions if appropriate.
  8. EU Referendum

    Do you not have an MEP?
  9. The Dirty Independence Question

    This makes for interesting reading: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/503481/fiscal_framework_agreement_25_feb_16_2.pdf
  10. EU Referendum

    Of course the Commission has it's own civil service. Did you imagine that the 28 Commissioners could do everything themselves!
  11. EU Referendum

    So will you be visiting Dignitas on your 60th then Barry?
  12. EU Referendum

    Have a look at the Norwegian figures to get some understanding: http://www.eu-norway.org/eu/Financial-contribution An interesting article about their EU relationship & contributions here: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/oct/27/norway-eu-reality-uk-voters-seduced-by-norwegian-model And one from slightly earlier: http://www.euractiv.com/section/global-europe/interview/vidar-helgesen-our-eea-contribution-costs-almost-as-much-as-eu-membership/
  13. EU Referendum

    http://www.gov.scot/resource/0043/00434502.pdf (wong thread, but......) With typical SNP flair for overstatement, they were going to guarantee better than rUK pensions. Mostly due to the fact that people in Scotland die younger than the UK average.
  14. EU Referendum

    That comes from the White Paper doesn't it?

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