When it comes to the advocates of EU membership, hypocrisy is never in short supply. But it might have found its purest form in Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party and Leanne Wood’s Plaid Cymru.
These two leaders and their political parties are determined to break up Britain in their pursuit of independence for Scotland and Wales respectively. But if their argument is based on the ideal of democratic self-government for their two nations, why are they so keen on the EU?
Post-independence, both Sturgeon and Wood want their newly independent states to join the ailing bloc of European states in the undemocratic European Union. By doing so they would be forced to sign up to using the euro, as well as having over 75 percent of their laws made in Brussels instead of Edinburgh or Cardiff.
It would be fair to reason this means the nationalists are only in favour of nominal independence, with the majority of their nations’ decisions continuing to be made in Brussels as they currently are while part of Britain.
This is strangely reminiscent of Ireland. After hundreds of years of struggling for independence from Britain, more often than not violently, the Irish achieved independence in 1922.
Less than 40 years later, in 1961, Ireland was trying to join the EU’s forerunner, the European Economic Community. Fast forward to today and Ireland is one of the most integrated countries in the EU, with their participation in the euro effectively ending their ability to independently to decide any of their own economic policies.
Unfortunately, the parallels between the Irish Nationalists and the SNP and Plaid Cymru do not end there. Before gaining independence, the Irish Nationalists held the balance of power in Westminster in three Parliaments, causing havoc in British politics.
The two leaders of the SNP and Plaid Cymru, together with the Greens are preparing to force their MPs into setting up a “progressive bloc” in Parliament, to hold the balance of power after the election and prevent Cameron’s re-election.
This is even though none of these leaders will be MPs in the next Parliament. By doing so they want to deny the Great British Public the In/Out EU referendum we have been waiting over 40 years for.
The nationalists also want to wreck the referendum by attempting to demand a majority Out vote in each of the four constituent nations of Britain, in order for Britain to exit the EU. However, a poll has shown the majority of public opinion in all four nations want the EU referendum to be decided by an overall majority in Britain, and not a majority in each nation.
The real reason the nationalist parties want “independence” for their countries, whilst retaining EU membership is not self-determination; it’s bigotry. The SNP and Plaid Cymru, along with their supporters, want nothing more than to feel they are kicking it to the ‘oppressive’ English, as has happened throughout the centuries.
This is despite the fact that it is English taxpayers subsidising high public spending in Scotland which is allowing them to abolish tuition fees for Scots and EU migrants — just not for the English.
True believers in self-determination for Scotland and Wales should ask themselves whether they would have more say in their policies outside Britain but in the EU, or inside a devolved Britain outside the EU.
Those who do will realise that their cause of self-determination is best served by voting to Get Britain Out of the EU and not falling for the gimmicks of Alex Salmond, Nicola Sturgeon and Leanne Wood.
This article was cross-posted on The Commentator, here.