In Alex Salmond’s Utopia in the event of a Yes vote, Scotland could simply renegotiate the terms of its membership as a new state in the EU and look at using the Euro, given the Chancellor’s refusal to let Scotland use the pound.
But yesterday new President Jean-Claude Juncker has categorically shot down Salmond’s hopes and stated he’s putting a freeze on new members for five years. Rapidly expansion from 15 to 28 in the past decade has lead to concerns that the group has grown too large too quickly, bringing with it economic and social tensions, further exacerbated by the Euro crisis.
In a speech to Euro MPs in Strasbourg, Juncker said, “The EU needs to mark a pause in its enlargement process so that we can consolidate what has been done with 28 members.”
Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander said Mr Juncker’s statement was a “hammer blow” for the SNP, adding that the party’s stance on the EU “now has so many holes in it, it resembles a block of Swiss cheese.”
A Scottish Research Society spokesperson says: “Alex Salmond’s plans, if you can call them that, are like a house of cards – you pull one away and it all comes tumbling down. He simply can’t assume things won’t change just because it doesn’t suit him. It’s time to start making realistic plans based on fact because that’s what Scottish voters deserve.”