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Scots eye Nordic membership. A majority vote in favour of independence from the UK will result in a Nordic Council membership application, the Scottish National Party say. “Independence would give us the ability to seek direct co-operation,” the SNP’s Angus Robertson told NRK this week. He also remarked that Scotland is a northern European country with more than dense geographical ties to Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Norway and Denmark.

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Scots eye Nordic membership

Published on Friday, 25th April, 2014 at 14:16 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 18th September 2014 at 23:31.

A majority vote in favour of independence from the UK will result in a Nordic Council membership application, the Scottish National Party say.

Facade of the Nordic Council's HQ
The building is located in Denmark's Copenhagen.Facade of the Nordic Council's HQ
Photo: Ane Cecilie Blichfeldt/Wikimedia Commons


“Independence would give us the ability to seek direct co-operation,” the SNP’s Angus Robertson told NRK this week.

He also remarked that Scotland is a northern European country with more than dense geographical ties to Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Norway and Denmark.

Moreover, there are historic Scotland-Norway links dating back to the 9th Century. Mr Robertson MP says his country would wish to further trade with their important Scandinavian partner following a majority ‘yes’ vote.

“In the future, an independent Scotland would look to continue to cooperate in areas where there is shared expertise and a shared interest such as the energy industry - both in the oil and gas and renewables sectors - as well as in the aquaculture industry,” he told The Foreigner in an email.

Why the Nordic Council membership application?

“This Government intends that Scotland will also seek a closer relationship with the Nordic Council of Ministers.”

“Scotland has key shared interests with our geographical neighbours in the North Atlantic, such as Iceland and Norway, and a common interest in the Arctic and High North,” commented Mr Robertson MP, quoting Page 228 of the Party’s White paper.

Formed in 1952, The Nordic Council has 87 elected members from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, and Greenland.

Politicians strived for a stronger international cooperation after WWII with discussions on creating a closer Nordic relationship.

Åland, an autonomous Swedish-speaking region of Finland consisting of an archipelago lying at the entrance to the Gulf of Bothnia in the Baltic Sea, is also a member.

The Nordic Council is run by a Presidium with two annual meetings. Nordic parliamentarians make decisions during these that they call on the Nordic governments to implement.

Scotland’s independence referendum will be held on Thursday 18th September. Angus Robertson MP explained the polls show both sides are currently virtually neck and neck.

“The referendum is all to play for.  Momentum is with the Yes side and we are confident of achieving a Yes vote in September,” he said.

The Nordic Council did not comment on the future of Scotland as a potential member when asked.




Published on Friday, 25th April, 2014 at 14:16 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 18th September 2014 at 23:31.

This post has the following tags: nordic, scotland, independence.





  
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