IN The National on Wednesday August 30 it was reported than an SNP councillor, Jeremie Fernandes, representing Elgin City North, will be proposing that the draft agenda for the SNP conference in Aberdeen in October include a motion from his constituency that Scotland would give automatic citizenship to “everybody including, for example, students, asylum seekers and those that had moved into the country shortly before it leaves the UK.” A view that seems to be prevalent in the SNP. And then in The National on Monday September 11 a Long Letter by Graeme McCormick was published with Graeme professing to be a keen student of the routes to independent states, and I’ll come back to that in due course.

When I was a young Scot in London in the early sixties the term UK was merely a colloquialism for Great Britain, used principally by expats and their offspring, young visitors from the Antipodes – Australia and New Zealand, South Africa, Rhodesia and other African states still under British control. London was always on their bucket list because temporary employment was easy to find and exactly what they needed to cover the costs of their stay before returning home.

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Today it has been usurped by a de facto English Parliament that now calls itself the UK Parliament, and a similar English government that now answers to the name of the UK Government, with scant regard, if any, to Scotland as the other vital half of the United Kingdom. According to the media, a corrupt England seems to have disappeared recently behind the acronym UK, when it’s often the case that the proper designation, England, should have been used instead. They claim the UK voted for Brexit when both Scotland and Northern Ireland’s voters were horizontally opposed to it.

That takes me back to Jeremie’s presumption that Scotland will be leaving the United Kingdom, and Graeme McCormick’s letter that addresses that very problem under the heading “Negotiations first and an independence election second.”

England has already made a claim that when Scotland does leave it will become the successor state known as the UK or rUK and entitled as such to maintain the questionable rights it thinks it has to misappropriate Scotland’s vast assets, along with the title United Kingdom that is owned jointly by Scotland and England.

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The essential and only answer for Scotland is not secession, as Jeremie suggests, but the complete and utter dissolution of the international Treaty of Parliamentary Union between Scotland and England of 1706/07, and that flies in the face of Graeme’s advice to England in his subsequent letter.

It will immediately free Scotland from any hangovers resulting from the treaty, including the end of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and of representatives of the English government sitting in the Scottish Parliament, and free talented Scottish MPs to come home from London and carry on their valuable work for and in Scotland in some yet-to-be-decided capacity, possibly a second chamber.

Dissolution of the Treaty must come before any negotiations commence and will see pre-Treaty conditions return, with two completely independent sovereign states hammering out what their future relationship will hinge on, and that should be to Scotland’s advantage. It will also see the break-up of the United Kingdom of Scotland, England and Northern Ireland and see the reinstatement of the Kingdom of Scots, and that will become a matter for Scots themselves to deal with.

Bruce Moglia
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