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UK withdrawal from the European Union would not automatically put the clock back to 1973 because the world has changed since then. International trade is subject to regulation under the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and regional trading blocks.
Four points of the European compass will need to be addressed, no matter your views on Brexit, says Michael Keating. This post originally appeared in The Scotsman.
Four big issues have featured in the debate about the UK’s membership of the European Union (EU) and the present referendum campaign: the economy; sovereignty; migration; and keeping access to the European Single Market.
Michael Keating asks if the United Kingdom votes to withdraw from the European Union on 23 June, what would the outcome of Brexit actually mean? Posted orginially in the Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce Business Bulletin.
David Cameron’s proposed areas for renegotiation have implications for the Scottish Government, a situation that will increase once the Scotland Bill is passed.
The distinct Scottish interest in the European renegotiation and referendum can be seen under two headings. The first concerns matters reserved under the devolution settlement to the UK Government but where Scottish interests and preferences may be distinct. The second concerns devolved matters that also have a European dimension. This produces a potentially long list of questions.