Scottish Canary
Spanish, Italian Separatist Movements Look to Scottish Example
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  • Andrew Allison

    European leaders recognized the threat represented by the Scottish independence movement long ago — hence the warnings (which, like the currency issue, Salmond has outright lied about) that an independent Scotland would no longer be part of the EU and would need to apply just like any other country. Such an application would be given, shall we say, very careful scrutiny for exactly the reasons described in the post. It should also be noted that the motivations of the various European independence movements vary considerably. In the case of Scotland (which receives about $3,500 per head each year from the rest of the UK), it is largely Salmond’s hunger for power; in Venice and the Veneto it’s all about the money; in Catalonia and Flanders it seems to be a combination of nationalism and money; for the Basques it’s all about nationalism; and in South Tyrol it’s about reunification with Austria. has a good overview.

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