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I read today that the President of the Government of Spain has chosen to chip in to the referendum debate by offering his opinion that an independent Scotland would have to negotiate EU membership from the outside. The right-wing Sr Mariano Rajoy is notorious and deeply unpopular within his own country. He is beset by crisis and personal scandal that would have driven him out of office were it not for the fact that nobody wants his job, and in those circumstances he is seizing each and every opportunity to deflect attention from his own troubles. We have had the Gibraltar harassment for  months, and now it seems he wants a piece of Scotland’s action. Of course his interest is driven in part by the Catalan situation, with Spain’s richest province demanding its own independence referendum, having been driven  beyond the point of tolerance by Rajoy’s refusal to grant it the same degree of fiscal economy enjoyed by other parts of the country. That being the case he may have shot himself in both feet.

El Presidente has a reputation for being intransigent and authoritarian; he also has a reputation for being wrong. As the pigmies on the Scottish opposition benches were told when they attempted to cash in on Rajoy’s intervention, the Scottish Government has firm advice from authoritative sources that the Scottish state’s future relationship with the EU will be negotiated from within in the event of a Yes vote. But what of England, Wales and Northern Ireland? What would their position within the EU, since the present EU member state will no longer exist as such? That might be a tricky one, since Westminster has damn few friends within Europe at this moment.

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  1. November 28, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Correct me if I’m wrong but did the English sporting hierarchy ask permission to change the English Anthem played prior to sporting events from ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ to ‘God Save the Queen’ which I understood to be the British National Anthem..
    The reason I’m asking is because I wonder how Mariano Rajoy would react if the Catalan people replaced ‘Els Segadors’ with ‘Marcha Real’.

  2. November 28, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    If they really thought he’d hate it, they might, but only when he could hear.

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