Speaking to Express.co.uk, the former SNP deputy leader claimed Nicola Sturgeon's dream for Scotland to rejoin the EU as an independent nation will
Speaking to Express.co.uk, the former SNP deputy leader claimed Nicola Sturgeon’s dream for Scotland to rejoin the EU as an independent nation will be crashed by Spain. Mr Sillars argued Spain will use its veto against the Scottish leader’s quest to stop Catalonia having a precedent for independence inside the Brussels bloc. He said: “I don’t believe we could go back into the European Union because Spain with veto our application.
“For as far as Spain is concerned, Scotland means Catalonia.
“And if Scotland can get in so can Catalonia, so Spain will use its veto.
“In fact, when the Spanish council general in Edinburgh made a speech along the lines that Spain would veto, he was immediately sacked by the Spanish government.
“So I think she’s way down a cul de sac.
“You know, it’s stupidity that takes her there.”
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Mr Sillars also claimed Scottish voters will refrain from turning up at the polling station should a vote on a second independence referendum be attached to the condition of Scotland rejoining the EU.
On Thursday, the Scottish First Minister received a “direct challenge” from an SNP MP after he backed the idea of a separate pro-independence party standing in next year’s Holyrood election.
Kenny MacAskill, who served as justice secretary in Alex Salmond’s government, said the focus of the ballot is “almost certainly” going to be on the constitution, so having such a party on the regional list section will provide voters with greater choice.
His comments come after a poll for the pro-independence Wings Over Scotland website found 26 percent of Scottish voters would either definitely or probably give their list vote to a party led by former first minister Mr Salmond.
With opinion polls currently suggesting the SNP is on track for a record fourth Holyrood victory, Mr MacAskill warned the party’s success in the constituency section of the ballot could limit the number of seats it wins via the regional lists.
Writing in the Scotsman newspaper, the East Lothian MP said: “‘Both Votes SNP’ just doesn’t work.
“The focus of the election is almost certainly going to be on the constitution. What better way of allowing Scottish voters a choice than a specific ‘independence’ option on the list.”
But Labour shadow Scottish secretary Ian Murray said Mr MacAskill’s backing for a separate pro-independence party is “clearly a direct challenge to Nicola Sturgeon’s authority from a sitting MP”.
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He added: “What’s most telling is that Mr MacAskill and his supporters want to make next year’s election all about constitutional division.
“When you scratch under the surface it’s always about independence for the SNP, when it should be about the NHS and jobs.
“The priority should be economic recovery and protecting our health service, not dividing the people of Scotland once again.”