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A welcome independent take on last nights @afneil interview with @NicolaSturgeon from @akmaciver. Independent experts will tell you that joining the #EU is a process, been done in last 25 years by countries as diverse as Finland, Austria, Slovenia and Poland
And #Scotland is ahead of all these countries in having spent 46 yrs in #EU. Of course establishing an #Independent country takes some time but plenty of countries have done it whether Slovenia & Czech Republic or Baltic states throwing off Soviet bloc..
Naturally there will be technical work to be done, technical but it’s not rocket science. It’s been done before and from a standing start
The #EFTA countries of Finland, Austria & Sweden took just over 2 years from start of talks to accession to #EU. Normal route is to have detailed trade & cooperation agreement aka.Association Agreement for close relations during talks so no #Brexit like limbo
On border with England; movement of persons will still be covered by the Common Travel Area & on trade even @BorisJohnson says he’s aiming for no tariffs or quotas with #EU.
If #Brexit is hard there will be some frictions at the border but if #CU much less & doesn’t mean no trade also #Scotland likely to get big Foreign Direct Investment boost = dynamic benefit to offset any border costs
In currency the aim is to move to new currency as soon as practicable and Scotland wd then be fully in line with obligations on monetary policy including on exchange rates, and if necessary could ask for transitional/temp derogation
There’s lots more on this in @KirstyS_Hughes paper… & I’m also indebted to my service on #Brexit select committee for these insights
These matters need mature realistic consideration not the hectoring approach of @afneil or hysterical scaremongering which is why @akmaciver is right & @NicolaSturgeon remains the most talented of the party leaders & has the answers on Scotland in Europe
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