Making case for leaving the European Union

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‘Grassroots Out’ is the national, cross-party, grassroots campaign to leave the European Union.

They will be making the case to leave the EU at a public meeting at Stornoway Town Hall on Friday, April 22nd from 7.15apm.

Here the former SNP Deputy Leader Jim Sillars makes his case in support of leaving the European Union.

“Without sovereign power we cannot re-build our society, and change it from an indecent one in which people can starve, into a decent one where all are given dignity andrespect.

If we vote to remain in the EU, then the Yes movement’s declared aim of Scottish sovereignty, becomes a pretence. We can never be sovereign while locked within a super state.

The price of EU membership is permanent surrender of sovereignty. This is the inescapable reality that everyone in the Yes movement must face.

By voting to leave the EU on 23rd June, we re-assert the message of 2014: Scotland is on an irreversible march to independence as a sovereign nation, under the control of the Scottish people alone.

Nationalists face a challenge; they must separate their loyalty to the SNP from their loyalty to the cause of Independence.

When assessing what outcomes will advance the cause of independence, objectivity and logical analysis, not blind loyalty is required.

In 2014, the President of the European Commission, helped Better Together by warning Scottish voters that independence would put us out of the EU, at the end of a long queue.

In the words of former Vice President of the European Commission, Viviane Redding: ‘When part of the territory of a Member State ceases to be part of that State, e.g. because that territory becomes an independent state, the treaties will no longer apply to that territory.

‘In other words, a new independent region would, by the fact of independence, become a third country with respect to the Union and the Treaties would, from the day of its independence, not apply anymore on its territory.’

The fracturing of a member state into its component parts sets dangerous precedents for the EU, it opens up the treaties to revision, something the Commission dreads and makes those member states with significant minorities and national movements within their boundaries very nervous and antagonistic towards accepting seamless continuing membership for asuccessor part of a member state.

We should understanding the political realities behind the EU position which will allow us to clear our minds and see the achievable and preferable alternatives offered by Brexit.

The UK remaining in the EU is self-evidently counter-productive to the independence movement; with the UK out, Scottish independence from the UK becomes an external matter for the EU, fundamentally altering the EU view and no longer a threat to its cohesion.

Leaving the EU delivers what member state status cannot – real independence on key policies, like: home affairs, justice, agriculture, fisheries, energy, foreign policy, defence policy, and above all, the unfettered ability to make our own laws.

It’s called sovereignty, nationalists used to support it, the EU Referendum on 23rd June gives us a chance to assert it.”

Pictured is the former Deputy Leader of the SNP Jim Sillars, who sets out his view on why we should leave the EU.