The EU has turned into an austerity state. So why will I still vote Yes?

Iain Macwhirter

The decision on the EU referendum in 2017 looks easy for supporters of independence. Just follow Nicola – she seems to be right about most things. Aren’t the anti-Europeans like Nigel Farage of Ukip just narrow minded little Englander xenophobes? If he wants to leave, the European Union must be getting something right.

But it’s not quite as easy as that. I will probably end up voting Yes to Europe, if only because of a lingering commitment to internationalism. But there is a contradiction at the heart of SNP policy on Europe which hasn’t really been addressed.

If Scotland wants to be independent of the rest of the UK, why does it not want also to be independent of Europe? At least the UK is a democracy, the EU is run by unelected bureaucrats.

It’s not as if Europe has been all that keen on keeping Scotland aboard. During the…

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