ref date:30 Mar 2001 (SI)
SNP put independence and European Union at forefront of policy
Professor Neil MacCormick (SNP EuroMP) highlighted Labours
lack of interest in representing Scotlands interests when he pointed out that
Scotland was not represented at the EU
summit in Stockholm last week: "As usual our
nation was subsumed within the UK
delegation. Until Scotland takes its proper
place as an independent member state of the
European Union, Scotland's voice cannot be
heard at the heart of power."
He added: "The Scottish government has a
contemptible record at council of ministers
meetings, attending a paltry 11 out of 120
meetings held by December 7, 2000. Jack
McConnell (Scottish Europe minister) should
hang his head in shame at such a pitiful
Professor MacCormick said that without direct
representation in the council Scotland's
interests were being pushed aside.
"For example, it is highly unlikely that our
fishing industry would have been plunged into
crisis if a Scottish minister had been standing
and fighting for Scotland's fishing interests.
"Scotland's only voice on Europe's top table
currently comes from Westminster ministers
who rarely have Scotland's interests at heart.
"Independence in Europe will bring direct
representation for Scotland and the
opportunity to stand up for Scotland's
interests. The extent of the Scottish
government's aspirations for Scotland is
involvement in a second European Parliament
chamber for subnationals."