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Thread👇. There’ve been a lot of misleading comparisons between #Brexit & Scottish #Independence recently. Here’s @ScotNational summary from @KirstyS_Hughes @SCER_eu of her scholarly analysis which puts the record straight #indyref2 thenational.scot/news/17454108.…
“With #Brexit we already see a chaotic, divided politics facing stalemate in the Commons, that some suggest starts to look like a failed state. It’s not obvious that such a political dynamic would be replicated on #independence@KirstyS_Hughes
“Scotland, if independent, would gain many more powers for the ...Scottish Parliament, compared to the current range of devolved powers. And as an EU member state, it would have a democratic say at the EU council of ministers that it doesn’t currently have”
“EU citizens in an independent Scotland in the EU would regain the rights they had pre-Brexit (in Scotland not in the rest of the UK).”
“Scottish independence talks are unlikely to be led by a politician who campaigned for No while the Brexit talks are indeed led by a Prime Minister who campaigned for Remain.” @KirstyS_Hughes
“If (as envisaged in Withdrawal Agreemet) the UK is in an indefinite customs union with the EU that would give clarity on one key aspect of the future UK-Scotland deal – they would both be within a customs union.” @KirstyS_Hughes #Indyref2
“It is to be hoped that both sides in a future UK-Scotland negotiation would have greater clarity on options, and fewer internal divisions.”
@KirstyS_Hughes on #independence v #Brexit #indyref2
“There will also be a power imbalance in Scotland’s favour.
If Scotland is in the EU it will have a voice and vote on EU laws and on trade policy – the UK will be a rule-taker where it follows EU rules including on trade policy if its in a customs union.”
“The EU’s accession processes are tried and tested – unlike the Article 50 procedure – so the huge uncertainty hanging over the Brexit talks would not be the same for accession talks” @KirstyS_Hughes on #Brexit v #indyref2
“Ironically, on trade, both countries could end up part of EU trade policy – but one, the UK, being a rule-taker.” @KirstyS_Hughes on #Brexit v #Indyref2
“Overall, there are unsurprisingly similarities & differences between leaving the EU & leaving the UK. The above analysis suggests there are..more differences than similarities both in terms of the issues, the process & the politics.” #Brexit v #Indyref2 Ends
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