At 10:44 4/2/99 RAY wrote:
>Just as a sidenote, have you considered that the EU might not want Great
>Britain to split to separate states at all?
As I understand it, Britain is still a sovereign state and so has the
prerogative power (under its constitution) to do as it likes
(administratively speaking) including the desire to devolve or split-up.
> As it looks from here from
>Austria, the EU and the whole world, in fact, is doing everything to
>keep the Kosova inside the Serbian state, just because the involved
>nations all do not want new borders in Europe. Actually, I doubt that
>the EU member states would like to see Britain split in a number of
>smaller nations, all of which would want to have a certain degree of
>influence in the EU commission, would have a veto right in deceisions
>for the EU and probably a larger amount of members in the European
>parliament than Britain had in total before that split.
As a nation with a population of 2.7 million I doubt if the representation
of Wales (or Scotland - 3.5 million) would be a significant increase, if at all.
I'd also be confident that Wales would "do a deal" with the EU over its
representation in the EU, as Wales is not specifically represented under the
current arrangement (Westminister) anyway.
>would, I suppose, be seen by most European Nations as a trick of
>"Britain" to increase it's influence in the EU by simply splitting the
Both Wales and Scotland are historic nations with a history of
distinctiveness beyond the artificial construct of 'Great Britain'. I doubt
if anyone would seriuosly claim that either Wales's or Scotland's
devolution/separation was just a "trick" pulled out of the hat by Tony
> but keeping a "national economy" and, most probably, a "national
Ultimately, wouldn't the "national economy" be subsumed within the broader
European one anyway? A "national policy" would no doubt exist. For example,
the military would probably come under a central administration (I doubt if
Europe, or England, would be impressed with two armed Celtic nations to
contend with!). However, I suspect the EU would welcome such "national"
policies and economies because they make life administratively easier.
> This will be seen in the light of Ireland being the "natural
>partner" for GB in the EU being extended to
>England&Wales&Scotland&Ireland as being natural partners, something like
>a "Island club" in the EU. This makes it highly unlikely that the EU
>will be very happy with Wales becoming an independent state and member
>of the EU, and thus, I doubt that the EU will be very sympathetic for
>"Welsh special regulations" that don't go along with EU regulations.
I see your point, but due to the non-economic advantage of the proposed
housing laws, I feel the EU will be sympathetic. If not (and this is a
possibility), the locals will just have to take matters into their own hands
and construct methods to make living in such Welsh-speaking areas
undesirable for people who are prepared to destroy the surrounding culture
and language (non-violently, of course).
Hwyl -- Mike.