so its back to Scotland this week in @UKandEU #Brexitwitnessarchive with an interview with former SNP Europe spokesperson @StephenGethins. Lets pick out some highlights...
we start with the role the debate about Europe played in the 2014 independence referendum
Gethins was elected to Westminster in the SNP sweep in 2015 ... and spoke straight away on the EU referendum..but the govt did not engage at all with the SNP over the terms of that referendum - wonder if David Cameron regrets not taking those amendments?
and a shout out to the benefits of being a member of the @CommonsForeign
and on the problems created by the timing of the referendum so soon after Holyrood elections..
and Gethins shares the view of many others we have interviewed, that the Remain campaign learnt the wrong lesson from the 2014 referendum
fascinating aside on how difficult "balance" was for broadcasters in Scotland..
and the Brexit vote made being part of the UK that bit harder for nationalists...
on the lack of appetite for engagement or compromise from HMG after the referendum and the SNP ideas for the future
the SNP were caught out by the 2017 election .. but ended up with fewer MPs but "more influence"....but not as much as the DUP...Gethins on the failure of Westminster to get to grips with minority government
on the not as easy as it looked decision to back a second (EU) referendum
and on the difficulties of engaging with Jeremy Corbyn on Brexit ....
on the prospects of a Johnson premiership
and how the general election nearly didn't happen
Brexit has driven support for independence...clarified the choice... but Gethins acknowledges the SNP will need answers on the future border with England
read the full interview with Stephen Gethins here…
and for more from the SNP we have @joannaccherry… @Feorlean… in the archive ENDS

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