Nicola Sturgeon warned independent Scotland to lose ‘respect and significant clout’

Indyref2: Bowie issues warning over impact of independence

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Nicola Sturgeon plans to have an independent Scotland which can rejoin the European Union but Scottish Conservative MP Andrew Bowie has warned this would cut Scotland off from its biggest market. He said the country would lose its clout on the world stage and spark grave uncertainty for Scots. Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Bowie said: “What would independence mean for the UK, it would mean the end of the UK.

“The UK and Northern Ireland would cease to be and we would lose significant clout and respect on the world stage, I believe.

“For Scotland, it would mean a potential lack of access to our access, potential further barriers to trade.

“We’ve got so much uncertainty regarding the currency and what that would mean for pensions, mortgages and salaries.

“It would also mean huge uncertainty for Scotland’s place in the world.

“We do not know whether Scotland would be accepted into the European Union.

“We would lose any clout we have through losing representation in the UK, as a member of NATO, as a member of the Commonwealth.”

Mr Bowie went on to say that Spain or Belgium could stop Scotland from joining.

He added: “What we’ve learned over the past few years is to never try and second guess what the European Union might try and do.

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“Having worked in the EU at an incredibly junior level, I think it’s very unpredictable.

“It very much depends on the makeup of the government member states at the time that this question might be put.

“For example, I cannot see a government in Spain or Belgium or any other country that’s dealing with succession tendencies granting access to Scotland.

“However, that’s not for me to say whether they would or wouldn’t.

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“My point is that I don’t know why Scotland should take the risk of having their application turned down meaning being out of the UK with the fifth largest economy in the world.

“The huge safety net that brings for the Scottish economy and Scottish jobs and potentially out of the EU’s safety net.

“Why would we want to take that risk of leaving Scotland marooned, not a part of either union?

“I think that would be a huge risk to take and not one in Scotland’s best interest.”

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