> 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?
I didn't read the whole of the message this was at the top of so unfortunately Ray I didn't get to see your reply, and our email system is not particularly agile, so I'll just give my own answer to this.
The EU per se (by which I assume you're meaning the twelve members of the European Council) doesn't really have an opinion on whether countries join or not - member states can, however, influence whether other countries join by vetoing proposals, for example Greece delayed the entry of Spain and Portugal into the Union for several years until the Integrated Mediterranean Fund (aka Greek Bribe - 2 billion ECU, roughly 1.75 billion pounds sterling, a year for three years). The other small member states would probably welcome Scotland and Wales as individuals - at present the voting system is such that the small member states voting together cannot get a qualified majority vote (the number of votes required to pass a bill or proposal), and the larger member states together cannot get a QMV. If Scotland and Wales joined then the balance would shift so that the small member states could all outvote the larger ones, so would be able to veto any proposal that benefited large states!
and pass any proposal that woul
d benefit small ones.
The question of sovereignty does not involve the EU. Britain could repeal the Act of Accession tomorrow and leave the EU if the people demanded it (and Tony Blair listened). Scotland could gain independence tomorrow and decide whether to remain in or leave the EU (when Greenland gained independence from Denmark (?) it held a referendum and the people chose to leave the EU). No new treaty would have to be signed to allow Scotland to remain in the Union. What would be needed is a rejig of the Union's parliament, council and legislative procedure, and also how the budget is to be worked out since the same amount of money would be split between 16 member states instead of 15. Also consider that Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and the eastern European states have also applied to join the Union, which would have far more impact on things than UK devolution which is a relatively small fish to fry.
Here endeth the first lesson!