Humza Yousaf warned SNP’s ‘absurd’ bid to rejoin EU will make Scotland ‘a basket case’ | Politics | News | EUROtoday
Humza Yousaf’s SNP dangers turning Scotland into an “utter basket case of a failed state” along with his social gathering’s plan to take an unbiased Scotland again into the European Union, Reform UK deputy chief Ben Habib has warned.
Mr Habib was commenting after the publication of the SNP’s seventh paper on independence, entitled: “An independent Scotland in the EU.”
The 78-page doc says the method of re-joining the bloc can be “closely aligned” with the method of building a Scottish pound, one thing mentioned in a earlier paper.
The doc additionally described plans for checks on items that are traded throughout the border between an unbiased Scotland and England, envisaging what it calls a “single trade window” on-line.
However, former Brexit Party MEP Mr Habib was removed from satisfied.
He instructed Express.co.uk: “The fact is, Scotland would not be independent if it joins the EU.
“It would have given up its ancient successful union with the rest of Great Britain to join a failing one with the EU.”
It was apparent that there could possibly be no route for Scotland rejoining with out “standing on its own two legs” for at a lot of years, Mr Habib identified.
He defined: “The EU will insist on being able to assess Scotland as a genuinely independent country, test its economic capability and indeed its general ability to govern itself.
“The notion that it could hop and skip its way into the EU is absurd.”
It was this intermediate interval of real independence which uncovered Mr Humza’s ambitions as unworkable, Mr Habib stated.
He continued: “Right now, it is English generosity that props up Scotland.
“What will he do when that ends? Launch a new currency? Print his own monopoly money with no meaningful economy to back it up?
“All the complaints made by him about the post-Brexit British economy will pale by comparison to the utter basket case of a failed state he would create.
“The new Scottish currency would tank; Scotland would be bust before you could say Robert is your father’s brother.”
Referencing Hilaire Belloc’s 1907 poem Jim, wherein the title character is famously eaten by a lion throughout a visit to the zoo, Mr Habib added: “No Mr Humza, you will not be able to deliver. My advice to you is:
“…Always keep a-hold of Nurse, for fear of finding something worse!”
Unveiling the paper last week, Constitution Secretary Angus Robertson said: “A Yes vote in a referendum on that question in Scotland would begin the process of our negotiations with the UK and then, in time, with the EU.
“And, we would imagine that, that would take in the same sort of order as other countries that have joined, that’s anything between two years and five years.
“But we would be starting from a very different position.
“We’re literally the only part of the European Union that’s been taken out against our will and we’re the only part of the formerly part of the European Union that is seeking to rejoin.”
Mr Robertson subsequently told Express.co.uk:
External Affairs Secretary Angus Robertson said: “Independence would give Scotland direct representation in European decision-making for the very first time, providing opportunities for our economy to grow inside a market which is seven times the size of the UK and escape the damage of the UK’s hard Brexit, which is hitting Scotland’s economy and communities hard.”