There may be a reason many experts dismiss tales of border controls at Gretna as scaremongering. Firstly, it’s just plain silly to imagine an rUK newly cut off from the biggest single market in the world by Brexit would also seek to stop trade with Scotland for no better reason than pandering to the petty spitefulness of British nationalist fanatics.
Secondly, and only because we now have a UK Government that looks like it actually might be inclined to pander to the petty spitefulness of British nationalist fanatics, what can we do about it anyway? It’s not something that’s under the control of the Scottish Government. If the rUK chooses to throw a petulant strop and hack off it’s snotty nose to spite the ugly face of British nationalism, then there is absolutely nothing we in Scotland can do about it.
Obviously, it would be better for all concerned if normal trading relations were maintained. If this is as obvious as it obviously is, then it must also be obvious to the rUK government. So, if that government chooses to ignore the obvious advantages of maintaining normal trading relations and erect all manner of barriers, it is clearly acting irrationally – if not illegally. We have to ask ourselves what we lose by being cut off from a rogue state that is prepared to damage its own economy, and quite possibly flout international law, by imposing trade sanctions on its own businesses prompted by petulant rage at a democratic choice made by the people of Scotland.
Is it reasonable to insist, as unionists do, that Scotland should subordinate its own interests to a relationship which is so grotesquely dysfunctional that the dominant partner resorts to threats of malicious retaliation and actual self-harm?Views: 2301
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