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An exit from Brexit?

A second independence referendum for Scotland would open up a new bunch of questions

Mar 15, 2017
A second independence referendum for Scotland would open up a new bunch of questions
 
In early March, British Prime Minister Theresa May took to the stage in Glasgow to address a gathering of Scottish Conservatives as talk of a potential second Scottish referendum gathered pace. Mrs. May adopted a strategy of attack: lambasting the Scottish National Party (SNP) for “tunnel vision nationalism”, including in its approach to the EU referendum.
 
The SNP had been highlighting the significance of retaining single market access to the EU, but this, she said, clouded the fact that the U.K. domestic market was worth “four times more to Scottish firms” than Europe. She then pointed to an example of what she believed could be achieved outside the EU. She noted that Scottish whisky represented just a 1% share of the Indian market, thanks to a tariff of 150%. “I am determined we should do better than that for our key industries,” she said. “That’s why I led a major trade delegation to India last year, and why I was delighted to take the Scottish Whisky Association with me.”
 
That speech — delivered just over a week before Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s momentous announcement that she would be seeking Scottish parliamentary approval for a second referendum on independence — highlighted one of the challenges facing Scotland, which will have to weigh up EU and U.K. membership should a new referendum on independence go ahead.
 
Read more at: http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/an-exit-from-brexit/article17468199.ece
 
The Hindu, March 16, 2017

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