Nicola Sturgeon announced she would campaign for the EU to stay in the UK at a speech in London this Monday.
The First Minister of Scotland said that there was “a real chance” of a second referendum on Scotland’s independence if the UK voted to leave the EU.
Polls tend to show that Scotland will indeed vote to stay in the EU. Scottish National Party’s leader asked David Cameron to agree that all four nations of the UK had to vote in favour of leaving to make the exit possible, according to Channel 4 News.
Such a decision would make “Brexit” very unlikely to happen since Scotland and Northern Island may both vote to stay.
The European Union is an important trade partner for Scotland as 42% of its export out of the UK were with EU members, she said to The Guardian.
She claims that business is not her main concern about leaving the EU and give the examples of the social progress.
She told the BBC: “The EU made millions of people “wealthier, healthier, happier and freer.”
The possibility of an independent Scotland member of the EU whereas the UK left is still hard to consider. The change of currency or the need of a “hard border” between Scotland and England would be huge changes and quite hard to set up.
“It would lead to a very messy and unpleasant constitutional situation” says the Professor McHarg from the University of Strathclyde to Channel 4.
She then made clear that she would not campaign besides David Cameron. She indeed criticizes the deal he makes with the European Union, according to the Financial Times.
Sturgeon warned the Prime Minister that he should not repeat the mistakes he made during the campaign about the Scottish Independence’s referendum, playing on fear.
She blamed him for recent “scaremongering” and called for a “thoroughly positive debate” to achieve an “overwhelming victory for remaining in the European Union”
Subedited by Giovanni Prati