Just over a month ago, British Foreign Secretary William Hague gave a speech in Edinburgh, where he outlined the reasons for preserving Scotland in the United Kingdom.
“Traveling from Afghanistan to Brazil, from Canada to Australia, I see a lack of understanding why someone is trying to destroy such a viable, successful and respected alliance as ours,” the channel quotes the minister. "RT".
And who expresses this very misunderstanding, according to Mr. Haig? It turns out that we are talking about lagging countries. Those, looking at the UK, see "one of the most successful and stable governments in the world, economic development and diplomatic influence."
It is not surprising that such dubious statements immediately received from the Scottish fighters for independence a characteristic of “outrageous and biased”.
Next, the minister developed the very campaign of intimidation, which is now continuing to grow. Mr. Haig noted that Scotland risks the status of the sixth economy of the world (which it has thanks to the alliance with Britain), risks membership in NATO, the EU and even the UN Security Council. William Hague described the horrors of detaching from the United Kingdom in detail, drawing attention to “Scottish organic food, Scottish agricultural equipment and Scottish food, and even such unexpected directions as 1 thousand tons of salmon supplied to Lebanon annually.”
All this, we add from ourselves, apparently, will be under a big question when gaining independence and will throw Scotland somewhere in the Middle Ages, for 1707 a year, in dark times before the Union Act.
Intimidation of Scotland following the foreign minister continued the British military command.
How is 11 July correspondent ITAR-TASS Vitaly Makarchev With reference to the BBC, the British military are considering the possibility of proclaiming the sovereignty of the United Kingdom over that part of the territory where the nuclear submarine base in Faslane is located. It can be transferred to the jurisdiction of London, if at the end of the referendum Scotland decides to secede from the UK.
It is to this base, located to the northwest of Glasgow, that the submarines armed with Trident ballistic nuclear missiles are assigned. The military command of Great Britain believes that the country has neither the means nor the ability to create a similar base in England or Wales.
“By proclaiming Faslane as part of the United Kingdom, not Scotland, London uses the experience of Cyprus, where two British bases have the status of overseas territories of Great Britain,” said in an interview with a correspondent. ITAR-TASS employee of the London Royal Institute of the Labor.
Correspondent "RT" Polina Boyko 17 July told about the other horrors that London fears Edinburgh.
In a recent statement by the British government, it says that if Scotland is separated, then the Scots visiting the UK will pay huge amounts for mobile roaming. True, the Scottish government parried this horror story: after all, roaming charges in the EU will be abolished in 2016.
Meanwhile, who said that Scotland will be in the EU?
A scary story has also been developed on this subject, scaring the Scots that an independent Scotland will have to re-apply for membership in the European Union.
In addition, the UK states that its postal services will not serve an independent Scotland.
Finally, the Scots would like to leave as a national currency a pound sterling, but the chancellor of the Treasury of Great Britain, George Osborne, refused to do so.
The first minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond, treats horror stories with humor: "In the debates we will get every horror story from our closet and deal with it, like in old horror films they are cracking down on Dracula."
30 July, the first minister of Scotland in an interview told about what awaits his country in the event of independence. He noted that the country will depart 95% of all UK oil and gas reserves. True, Scotland will have to take on part of the public debt of England.
“The part of the North Sea is divided between countries according to the principle of equidistance from the middle line. If we were divided along today's borders, and yet Scotland has its own jurisdiction, then we would have lost even more reserves - 99%. The principle of the middle line is also used for other countries that are washed by the North Sea - Norway, Denmark, Ireland. The midline division is the only possible option, ”Salmond said in an interview with RT, which is quoted as saying. "Days. Ru".
As for the national debt, Salmond said the following: “The pound sterling is not only English currency, it is ours just as much. The idea is very simple. We are ready to take part of the capital and part of the debt. And I must say that the debt is huge. But if, of course, Minister Osborne wants to argue that we cannot receive a share of capital in a common currency, then by definition we cannot assume the share of debts. ”
The politician explained something else: “Over the past five years, Scotland has paid eight thousand million pounds more to the treasury than London has returned to us. This is the sum of the relative surplus. Eight thousand million pounds - this is somewhere 1600 pounds for every Scot. If Scotland had been independent for the past five years, then every Scotsman would have been richer in 1600 pounds. But the point, of course, is not only in finance. Scotland needs independence not to become richer. ”
No, of course, money has nothing to do with it, but you see - the Scots will become richer at the same time. This is Salmond's message to the people. Before such calculations, the horror stories of London are a little dim. And it becomes clear that the British government is seriously concerned about the upcoming decision of the Scots. By themselves, "horror" is already giving out London alarm. There is no smoke without fire ...
By the way, a referendum on the independence of Scotland will be held after the celebration of the 700 anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn (23-24 took place on June 1314 and ended with the complete defeat of England, and the forces of the parties were unequal: Scottish - 10000, Englishmen - 25000. However, the numerical superiority of the English was historical ).
So let's add, Salmond has already prepared an aspen stake for Dracula. It remains to sharpen.
True, Comrade Salmond should not forget that at the present moment, according to many polls, less than half of Scots are in favor of independence, and the Scottish wealth per capita may turn out to be poverty when the question of joining an independent country to the EU is blocked, say, by Spain. Madrid has already made a statement, not wanting a “precedent” against the background of claims of its own territorial entities, one way or another seeking independence, Catalonia or the Basque Country.
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