From the day and hour that the Brexit result became known publicly the strategy of the British State’s political organ, Westminster’s government, in its dealing with the devolved limited powers government’s of England’s partner nations in the U.K (apart from Northern Ireland perhaps who it has had to treat with more respect through necessity) has been clear.
The will of the state must be imposed. Without compromise, without co-operative consensus, without conscience, those charged with putting this in place have uniformly acted with contempt and arrogance in their dismissiveness of dissent.
Those of us of an independence mind for Scotland who have followed events since that day in June 2016 have shaken our heads, furrowed our brows, occasionally manically laughed at the absurdities unfolding in front of us, and hoped that somehow either the whole Brexit farce will collapse in on itself or that sane minds will prevail in the end.
We’ve seen several meetings attended by the leaders of the UK nations, and negotiating teams on their behalf, in various cities, all with virtually the same outcome, deadlock.
We’ve heard things that worry us, for instance, early on from the First Minister of Scotland that farcically during a meeting with the British Prime Minister on Brexit she was astonished to see the leader of the British government reading out loud from a prepared statement, an act which resulted in the Scottish Government leader stating that she didn’t understand afterwards what the Prime Minister’s position actually was, and she reckoned the Prime Minister didn’t know either.
We’ve seen Scotland’s government plead their case for special consideration, with an ever increasing ageing population, regarding the treatment of our vital workers from EU countries. This was rubber-lugged.
We’ve seen sensible documents put forward from recognised experts in their field, from Scotland, strategies and recommendations which would dull the economic hammer blow and buffer a number of sectors from the financial vandalism of leaving the world’s largest tariff free trading bloc.
We’ve seen the Scottish government request several times to be included in negotiations with EU commissioners to discuss the elements of Brexit which might be unique specifically to Scotland.
All of this, and much more, has resulted in refusals of requests, or, with no repercussion likely,have been simply ignored. The will of the British state is paramount.
Even as recently as the last week the Cabinet of the British Government met at the Prime Minister’s grace and favour country residence to discuss Britain’s preferred outcomes of negotiations with Europe and strategies to get there. No member of any of the devolved governments of the other nations which make up the UK were invited, in fact even their own government minister assigned to represent Westminster in Scotland was not invited to attend.
The British State does not concede in its dealings with the countries it rules under the now paper-thin guise of an ‘enduring partnership’, ‘a Union’. In this relationship they take maximum advantage and everybody else does the enduring.
David Lidlington, the latest representative of the glorious overseers of our natural resources, assets and wealth sent to put us in our place, is greatly concerned about Scotland’s unruly dissent, and mistrust of London’s plans. He wants to protect the ‘common market’ of the UK from disruption. So we should stop disrupting immediately and fall into line behind the brass band.
An interesting term that ‘ Common Market’ in this context, a term which I’ve only ever heard as referring to the trading bloc we are about to leave.
Surely too, in the minds of those aligned to British nationalism, there is no such thing as a UK common market. In their minds we are all really just one nation,their nation, Greater Britain and its provinces.
No, I think what Mr Lidlington really means when he mentions protecting UK common markets is that he, and his government, do not want Scotland under any circumstances to maintain control of all of the powers delivered during the devolution settlement just in case we negotiate better trading arrangements with our neighbours, for Scotland, We wouldn’t want the people of Scotland to be in a better bargaining position than our much endured partner in Union now would we. That wouldnae be fair.
They massively miscalculated the effect devolution would have on Scotland, the ruling New Labourites at the time hoping it’s introduction would kill off any possibility of Scottish independence. Otherwise it would never have happened. What powers that were not specifically reserved to London are devolved, and that is how they will remain unless the will of the people of Scotland says otherwise.
Like all bullies the British State do not compromise with those that it feels are weaker than itself. However their little empire is shrinking day by day,year on year.
In terms of resistance to compromise they are about to find out that on this occasion the Scots can be resistant too.
One more step towards the return of a sovereign independent Scotland. It can’t come quick enough.