AS the strains of Auld Lang Syne (yet another Scottish world legacy) sadly died away in Europe, I heard a quote from an English Brexiteer: “Brussels is a corrupt institution telling us what to do”. Well, the very same could be said about London with respect to the Scottish people.

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However, the unions of the EU and the UK are very different. While the EU is a coming together of independent nations in a free trade partnership, with equal rights and votes (tiny Ireland being on a par with mighty Germany), the members of the UK are overshadowed and governed by the City of London.

Perhaps in any future democratic discussions on Scottish independence a new unity will be established, creating a partnership of independent nations in the British Isles, inter-dependent on each other and cooperating within Europe and the world.

Grant Frazer