Brexit within the UK or EU membership with independence? Actually independence would offer another option, along a path already well-trodden by some of our Nordic neighbours. Might the halfway house of the EEA best fit Scotland -- or do small states within the EU need Scotland to join and help modernise the European Union?
McSmorgasbord: What post-Brexit Scotland can learn from the Nordic countries is the first book to examine the multitude of ways Nordic states and even sub-nations relate to Europe -- and it comes at a crucial juncture. Theresa May’s effort to push through Brexit without input from Scotland or indeed the Commons has prompted Nicola Sturgeon to trigger a new independence referendum. But which European club should Scotland join – because there is more than one. Norway and Iceland are members of the EU’s rival trade body the EFTA and also have access to the single market through the European Economic Area. Might EEA membership – minus the troublesome Common Agriculture and Fisheries policies – suit Scotland’s specific needs better? Or is an independent Scotland best suited to full, vigorous involvement with the EU – reshaping it towards the needs of small northern states along with Finland, Sweden and Denmark?
Journalist and Nordic Horizons founder Lesley Riddoch and the late Paddy Bort – an Edinburgh University lecturer – have researched these question with the help of five Nordic experts in McSmorgasbord – a book that tells us why, in these difficult and uncertain times, Scotland should look North and East for experience, advice and inspiration.
McSmorgasbord is in bookshops now and will be available on kindle from April 1st. But you can also get a signed copy from me for £8 post and package via firstname.lastname@example.org. And I'll be launching it at SNP conference Friday 17th March at 5.30pm. Free but ticketed https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lesley-riddoch-george-kerevan-mp-mcsmorgasbord-tackling-timorous-economics-tickets-32684651673