Luxembourg has got some advice for Scotland: don’t dump the Queen.
Scotland will hold a referendum in 2014 so its citizens can decide whether they want to remain part of the United Kingdom. But Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said that with the current economic catastrophe still causing problems in Europe, member states need to remain united, rather than “going separate ways,” according to the BBC.
In response to Asselborn’s imploration, Scottish Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said, “Go choke on some haggis, ya bastard.” OK, maybe I’m assuming that’s what she thought when she heard Asselborn’s remarks. She actually said that the foreign minister is “entitled to his view.”
If Scotland becomes its own country, the current government aspires to apply for EU citizenship and does not support the Conservative effort, headed by Prime Minister David Cameron, for an in/out referendum on EU membership for the UK.
According to the Scotsman, the Scottish government wants out of the UK before the referendum.
“Our hope and expectation is that before the UK government holds its planned in/out EU referendum in 2017, Scotland will be an independent nation with our own seat at the top table,” the (Scottish government) spokeswoman said.
So why does this upset Luxembourg? Perhaps because support for the EU in Scotland remains relatively higher than in England and Wales. In a YouGov poll, the Scottish population was split 43/43 for withdrawing or remaining in the EU, compared to 51/35 and 46/38 in England and Wales respectively. If Scotland hightails it out of the UK, there would be fewer people supporting the EU in the 2017 in/out referendum. If the United Kingdom left the EU, it might be huge blow to the organization’s future.