Letters: Brexit proves Scotland is not an ‘equal partner’ in the Union

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Since devolution the Scotland Office, instead of promoting 
Scottish interests, has become the voice of the UK Government in Scotland – a propaganda tool to keep Scotland in line.

Since devolution the Scotland Office, instead of promoting Scottish interests, has become the voice of the UK Government in Scotland – a propaganda tool to keep Scotland in line.

Scottish Secretary David Mundell. Picture: JOHN LINTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Scottish Secretary David Mundell. Picture: JOHN LINTON/AFP/Getty Images)

A longstanding Unionist argument is that being part of the UK enables Scotland to punch above its weight, which they say it could never do as an independent country. This is absolutely and demonstrably not true as most people around the world see Britain or the United Kingdom as ­England; demonstrated recently by President Donald Trump naming England as a synonym for the UK.

It was Theresa May who described Scotland as an equal partner in “a nation of equals”, yet it has no say on the “deal or no deal” Brexit which will suit only a British Nationalist Tory party.

In stark contrast, tiny ­independent Estonia, an EU member state, with a fraction of Scotland’s population, wealth of resources or talent, can shape its own destiny along with that of Europe.

This small prosperous democracy has more ­influence over the direction of Brexit than Scotland and yet Scotland will be directly affected by Brexit.

The fact is, the people of ­Scotland are very often ignored and dictated to by Conservative governments that fail to have the support of the ­Scottish people.

Only the hundreds of thousands of people in the inclusive Yes independence movement can save Scotland from remaining no more than a county region of England.

Scotland should now take its lead from the redoubtable Maggie Thatcher, who famously declared in 1988, “Scotland will become an independent country when it can send a majority of SNP MPs to Westminster”. Well, we certainly did just that in 2015! If this can be replicated there is no need for a second referendum as the stated will of the Scottish nation will be settled and in Winnie Ewing’s historic words of 50 years ago: “Stop the world. Scotland wants to get on.”

Grant Frazer