RELEASED: 24/07/2022 AUTHOR: PRESIDENT
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Grass won’t be green under shade of neighbour’s tree
I am contacting you in response to the letter ‘The grass is not always greener’ by Brian Gee of Carradale East, printed in The Campbeltown Courier dated Friday July 15 2022.
I note there are many unreferenced and unsubstantiated claims within this letter from Brian.
What Brian fails to recognise is that a key promise from the ‘Better Together’ campaign in 2014 was that the only way for Scotland to remain in the European Union (EU) was to vote no (1).
It took only a few months before David Cameron, Prime Minister at the time, announced a referendum on membership of the EU.
All 32 councils in Scotland backed remaining in the EU with a majority of more than 600,000 votes (2), showing that the will of the Scottish people was blatantly ignored again by the UK Government and the Tories in power.
Brian has also chosen to ignore that the Spanish Government has already stated it would not block an independent Scotland from joining the EU, as long as any referendum was held legally and legitimately, according to their Foreign Minister (3).
The EU has funded several projects in Scotland that have had huge benefits to the people.
These include: Erasmus+ (€90.7m); Horizon 2020 Research Project (€55 per head in Scotland, compared to €40 per head in the rest of the UK), protecting our human rights; cross border judicial co-operation; £15 million to improve urban environments and accessibility; £22 million to reduce poverty; £700 million per year to support farming (4).
We have also lost our right to live and work in 28 countries and access to a market worth almost $20 billion (5).
The grass won’t be green under the shade of your neighbour’s tree.
(4) Impact of the European Union in Scotland – some examples, a report produced by the Scottish Government.
Stirling University Scottish Nationalist Association (SUSNA)
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