SNP snub: How Nicola Sturgeon’s quest for independence was dubbed ‘meaningless’

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First Minister Ms Sturgeon launched her campaign for the upcoming general election today. The Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) will be standing on a Remain platform, spurred on as 62 percent of voters in Scotland wanted to stay in the EU.  Simultaneously, the SNP will be campaigning for independence from the UK again as Ms Sturgeon sets the wheels in motion to ask Westminster to host a second referendum over Scotland’s position in the UK, hoping instead to seek “independence in Europe”. However, an article from The Bruges Group from July this year revealed: “The SNP quest for ‘independence’ is meaningless: they are already in hock to the EU.”

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Written by author Will Podmore, the article claimed Scotland cannot be independent as a nation while it is still so entwined with the EU – he said the SNP have become “yes men” for the bloc.

The author commented on how the party’s loyalty to the bloc has encroached into its domestic policy.

Mr Podmore explained: “The SNP administration still slavishly follows EU rules on support to ailing industries.”

He referenced how the SNP has refused to help failing national rail works in Glasgow because EU “state aid rules mean that it is not possible to take over the site”.

Similarly, a wind farm fabrication works in Fife will not be receiving any support from the administration, meaning 500 jobs are at risk.

President-elect of the European Commission Ursula Von der Leyen and Nicola SturgeonPresident-elect of the European Commission Ursula Von der Leyen and Nicola Sturgeon (Image: Getty)

Ms Sturgeon is campaigning for independence in the EUMs Sturgeon is campaigning for independence in the EU (Image: Getty)

Mr Podmore said: “A campaign to achieve renewed orders through public procurement has been turned down citing EU rules against state aid.”

He claimed: “All the above renders the SNP quest for ‘independence’ meaningless: they are already in hock to the EU.”

The author pointed out that one of the SNP’s MEPs is even “reviving his advocacy of the euro currency” – Alyn Smith encouraged the adoption of the euro in an independent Scotland throughout his EU election campaign.

Following that, Ms Sturgeon then said she was "more confident than ever that a separate Scotland would be welcomed back into the EU”.

EU experts have speculated that the nation would have to adopt the euro and an austerity programme if it were to join the bloc as an independent country, because of its large deficit.

READ MORE: Lindsay Hoyle's furious clash with SNP leader revealed

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