Spanish Minister demolishes No campaign veto scare

The confirmation by Spain’s Foreign Minister that the attitude of the Westminster Government would be the "determining" factor in how his country regarded an independent Scotland’s membership of the EU has been described as “demolishing another No campaign scare story”.

La Vanguardia newspaper reports that José Manuel García-Margallo, Spain’s Foreign Minister, has made clear that the attitude of the Westminster Government to an independent Scotland would be critical in how Spain would determine its stance, stating: “Spain does not work on hypotheses. What I do say is that the attitude of the United Kingdom would be the determining factor at the time of deciding our vote.”

The Edinburgh Agreement committed both the Scottish and Westminster Governments to respecting the result of the referendum and to work together to implement the result - which addresses the Spanish Government's point.

Commenting, SNP MSP Clare Adamson who sits on the European and External Relations Committee said:

“This demolishes another scare story from the No campaign's 'Project Fear'.

“The Spanish Foreign Minister's statement of reality consigns this anti-independence myth to the dustbin - along with other daft scares such as mobile phone roaming charges, and Westminster annexing Faslane. It entirely dismisses the No campaign’s attempts to claim that Spain would veto an independent Scotland’s membership of the EU – despite the fact that Spain has never threatened to do this, and clearly would not.

“The Edinburgh Agreement commits both the Westminster and Scottish Governments to respect the result of the referendum and to work together to deliver on what the people of Scotland decide - and the Spanish Foreign Minister has said that this will be the 'determining' factor for Spain.

“It is an entirely sensible attitude for our European neighbours to expect to shape their attitudes to Scotland from the pragmatic approach that both the Scottish and UK governments are committed to.

“The uncomfortable truth for the anti-independence campaign is that the only threat to Scotland’s continued place in Europe comes from remaining stuck under the Westminster system- where UKIP are setting the agenda - and the Tories' planned in/out referendum.

“Only a Yes vote will ensure that Scotland cannot be dragged out of the EU against the will of people living here - and independence will ensure that we become a European nation with the equality of status of our friends and neighbours."

Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel García-Margallo’s comments can be viewed at http://www.lavanguardia.com/politica/20131216/54398273307/espana-dice-su...